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You can’t deny it: plastic surgery and aesthetic treatments are more talked about than ever before. From celebrities opening up about the work they’ve had done to anyone being able to get answers about procedures directly from doctors via social media apps like TikTok, the world of beauty feels entirely more accessible. One of the perks of this phenomenon is that you realize there are often alternatives to major surgery that can still help you reach your aesthetic goals. Case in point? NeckTite.
“NeckTite is primarily used to address concerns such as a double chin, sagging jowls, and lack of definition in the neck,” Michelle Henry, MD, FAAD, tells POPSUGAR. “It helps reduce fat deposits, tighten the skin, and improve neck contour.” Sound familiar? Whereas something like a surgical neck lift can involve the removal of loose skin and the tightening of neck muscles, NeckTite is minimally invasive and technically a nonsurgical procedure.
If you’re curious about what you should know about NeckTite, Dr. Henry explains everything from how much the procedure costs to potential recovery time.
What Is NeckTite?
NeckTite is a nonsurgical technique used for tightening and contouring the neck. “It utilizes radio-frequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL) to target excess fat and loose skin in the neck area,” Dr. Henry says. As for how the procedure works, this is where the real difference between NeckTite and procedures like neck lifts comes in.
As opposed to surgically removing fat, which often requires general anesthesia, stitches, and an extensive recovery time, NeckTite essentially “melts” away fat. “During a NeckTite procedure, a small cannula is inserted through tiny incisions in the neck,” Dr. Henry says. “The cannula delivers radiofrequency energy, which heats and melts targeted fat cells. The melted fat is then gently suctioned out via liposuction, while the radiofrequency energy stimulates collagen production for skin tightening.”
What’s the Criteria For Getting NeckTite?
As for finding out whether you would qualify for NeckTite, a host of factors can impact this. “This procedure is not solely dependent on the presence of a specific level of neck fat, as the treatment can be customized based on an individual’s needs,” Dr. Henry says. “To determine if someone qualifies for NeckTite, it is advisable to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.” It is during this consultation that a doctor will be able to evaluate your specific concerns and medical history, as well as assess the condition of your neck, to make a treatment plan that’s custom to you.
Is NeckTite Painful?
While pain is always relative, NeckTite is actually being lauded for how little pain patients report feeling. “Patients are usually given local anesthesia to numb the treatment area, which helps minimize discomfort,” Dr. Henry says. “Most individuals report feeling minimal pain or discomfort during the procedure. However, pain tolerance may vary, and some patients may experience mild soreness or bruising afterward.”
If you are someone who has a low pain-tolerance level, make sure to mention this during your initial consultation so 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, how long NeckTite lasts varies. “Factors such as individual characteristics and lifestyle choices can influence the outcome,” Dr. Henry says. “However, with a healthy lifestyle and proper maintenance, NeckTite can provide relatively permanent results.”
As for recovery time, another perk of the procedure is that there’s very little. “Compared to traditional surgical neck lifts, NeckTite typically involves minimal downtime,” Dr. Henry says. “Most individuals can resume their regular activities within a few days after the procedure.” Still, following the post-operative instructions provided by your doctor 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’s typically not covered by insurance and you will therefore have to pay out of pocket. “The cost of NeckTite can vary depending on factors such as the geographical location, the surgeon’s expertise, and the extent of the procedure,” Dr. Henry says. To get the best estimate, go to a qualified medical professional in the area where you plan to get the procedure, and be sure to ask for an estimate during your consultation.
Whether you’re in the market for a more sculpted-looking neck or not, it never hurts to expand your knowledge of the beauty treatments currently on the market. As with any medical procedure, make sure to do your due diligence and find a qualified doctor who can answer any and every question you may have and have a plan in place in case you’re unhappy with your results for any reason.