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There’s no getting around it: plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments are being discussed more than ever. From celebrities being candid about the work they’ve done to anyone who can get answers about procedures straight from doctors through social media apps like TikTok, the world of beauty feels very accessible. One of the benefits of this phenomenon is that you realize that there are often alternatives to major surgery that can still help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Example? NeckTite.
“NeckTite is primarily used to address issues such as a double chin, drooping jaws, and lack of definition in the neck,” Michelle Henry, MD, FAAD, tells POPSUGAR. “It helps reduce fat deposits, tighten skin and improve neck contour.” Sounds familiar? While something like a surgical neck lift may involve removing loose skin and tightening neck muscles, NeckTite is minimally invasive and technically a non-surgical procedure.
If you’re curious about what you need to know about NeckTite, Dr. Henry explains everything from how much the procedure costs to the potential recovery time.
What is NeckTite?
NeckTite is a non-surgical technique used for tightening and contouring the neck. “It uses radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL) to target excess fat and loose skin in the neck area,” says Dr. Henry. As for how the procedure works, this is where the real difference between NeckTite and procedures like neck lifts comes in.
Unlike surgical fat removal, which often requires general anesthesia, stitches, and a long recovery time, NeckTite essentially “melts” fat away. “During a NeckTite procedure, a small cannula is inserted through small incisions in the neck,” says Dr. Henry. “The cannula delivers radiofrequency energy, which heats and melts targeted fat cells. The melted fat is then gently suctioned away via liposuction, while the radiofrequency energy stimulates collagen production for skin tightening.”
What are the criteria to get NeckTite?
There are many factors that can affect your eligibility for NeckTite. “This procedure is not solely dependent on the presence of a certain level of neck fat, as the treatment can be tailored based on individual needs,” says Dr. Henry. “To determine a person’s eligibility for NeckTite, it is recommended that they consult with a licensed plastic surgeon or dermatologist.” During this consultation, a doctor can review your specific concerns and medical history, as well as the condition of your neck, to create a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Is NeckTite Painful?
While pain is always relative, NeckTite is actually praised for the minor pain patients report feeling. “Patients are usually given local anesthesia to numb the treatment area, minimizing discomfort,” says Dr. Henry. “Most people report feeling minimal pain or discomfort during the procedure. However, pain tolerance can vary and some patients may experience mild pain or bruising afterward.”
If you are someone with a low pain tolerance, mention this during your initial consultation so that your doctor can adjust your post-operative care accordingly.
What is the recovery time and how long does NeckTite last?
As with any aesthetic procedure, the duration of NeckTite varies. “Factors such as individual characteristics and lifestyle choices can influence outcome,” says Dr. Henry. “However, with a healthy lifestyle and proper maintenance, NeckTite can produce relatively lasting results.”
In terms of recovery time, another advantage of the procedure is that there is very little. “Compared to traditional surgical neck lifts, NeckTite typically involves minimal downtime,” says Dr. Henry. “Most people can resume their normal activities within a few days of the procedure.” Still, following your doctor’s postoperative instructions is an essential part of the healing journey and crucial for optimal results.
NeckTite before and after
How much does NeckTite cost?
Because NeckTite is an elective aesthetic procedure, it is usually not covered by insurance, so you must pay out of pocket. “The cost of NeckTite can vary depending on factors such as geographic location, the surgeon’s expertise, and the extent of the procedure,” says Dr. Henry. To get the best estimate, see a qualified medical professional in the area where you plan to have the procedure, and don’t forget to ask for an estimate during your consultation.
Whether you’re looking for a more sculpted neckline or not, it never hurts to expand your knowledge of the beauty treatments currently on the market. As with any medical procedure, make sure you do your due diligence and find a qualified doctor who can answer all of your questions and have a plan in case you’re not happy with your results for any reason.