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 of the neck and jawline. A successful neck lift can help to create a more youthful profile and can take years off of your appearance.
The Benefits of a Neck Lift
Excess Fat Deposit Removal
Displaces any fat in the neck and along the jawline. During the procedure, the underside of the chin gets removed in order to produce a slender, more defined lower face and neck.
“Turkey Neck” Elimination
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.
Corrects Muscle Banding in the Neck
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.
How do I know when I’m ready for a neck lift?
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
I’m Ready for a Neck Lift!
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
Liposuction Neck Lift
Patients with good skin quality and whose signs of aging are primarily in the neck may be candidates for 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
Neck Lift FAQ
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 result 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 I combine with my neck lift?
Many people combine facelift and brow lift surgery with their neck lift to achieve complete facial rejuvenation.