Neck Lift

Neck lift surgery tightens the skin and vertical bands on the neck as well as skin that sags along the jawline. A neck lift works to remove excess fat, which helps to tighten the underlying neck muscles. A neck lift can also eliminate any excess skin which helps to improve the contour and youthful appearance of the neck and jawline. A successful neck lift can help to create a smoother, more youthful profile and can take years off of your appearance.



Displaces any fat in the neck and along the jawline. During the procedure, fat cells in the underside of the chin get removed in order to produce a slender, more defined lower face and neck.


Loose, sagging skin is tightened to eliminate the appearance of a “turkey neck” to reveal smooth, wrinkle-free neck contours.


A sagging jawline or a jaw that blends in with the neck can be fixed. This new definition can help to provide a chiseled jawline that distinctly separates the lower face from your neck. This is achieved by removing loose skin as well as removing or repositioning fatty tissue in the jawline area.


Vertical bands on the neck are caused by a stretched platysma muscle. They can be easily corrected by tightening the muscle in order to achieve a more natural, youthful result.


In order to experience the benefits of a neck lift, you may want to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you unhappy with your jowls or the appearance of a “turkey neck?”
  • Have you been unable to obtain satisfying results from the nonsurgical treatments you have used to date?
  • Are you in good overall health?

If you answered yes to these questions, it might be time to consider this cosmetic surgery procedure to reduce the visible signs of aging that are bothering you.

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Types of Neck Lifts

Full Neck Lift

During a neck lift procedure, small incisions are made under the chin and then behind the ears. The platysma muscle is tightened (platysmaplasty), excess fat gets removed, and the facial tissues are repositioned before excess skin is carefully trimmed away. The new contoured neck is secured with sutures, and the incisions are closed.


  • An undefined jawline (jowls)
  • Neck bands
  • Sagging and wrinkled skin
  • Displaced fat


Patients with good skin quality and whose signs of aging are primarily in the neck may be candidates for neck liposuction alone. In a liposuction neck lift, small, inconspicuously placed incisions are used to suction out fat through a cannula (thin, hollow tube).


  • Fat along the jawline
  • Displaced fat that hangs in the neck
  • A double chin

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Whether Dr. Gilpin will need to remove excess skin or simply liposuction away excess fat is up to you and his examination during a consultation appointment about a neck lift. This surgical procedure has satisfied hundreds of patients in and near Nashville as well as throughout the country for how it’s able to completely rejuvenate the neck’s appearance with minimal downtime and little scarring.

To get started on your journey toward a more youthful lower face and neck appearance, contact Gilpin Facial Plastics today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I avoid prior to Neck Lift surgery?

Patients undergoing neck lift surgery should stop smoking six weeks prior to surgery. They should avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medication e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, etc. or herbal medications. These items can cause increased bleeding for two weeks prior to surgery.

How will I feel after Neck Lift surgery?

After surgery, the neck will be bruised and may feel tight. The bruising should resolve over a period of four to five days, but neck tightness may last several months.

How long will my Neck Lift results last?

Neck lift surgery is a long-lasting solution as long as the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle. The area will continue to age naturally over time.

What other procedures can be combined with Neck Lift surgery?

Many people combine facelift and brow lift surgery with their neck lift to achieve complete facial rejuvenation.

How long does it take to recover from a neck lift?

Most patients are able to return to social engagements 10-14 days post surgery.

What is a neck lift?

A Neck Lift is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck.