Neck Lift FAQs

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of an aging neck. A neck lift reduces baggy skin and excess fat from around the neck, improving the contour and definition of the neckline. This type of plastic surgery is extremely effective at minimizing the signs of aging on the neck.

How can a neck lift help me look my best?

As we grow older, our skin becomes looser and begins to sag. This may cause the appearance of bands around the neck, a double chin, or “turkey neck” (loose skin that hangs below the chin). In addition, fine lines and wrinkles form easily on the delicate skin of the neck. A neck lift is designed to address all of these issues. By tightening the skin and muscles and/or removing excess fat and tissue, the neck will appear rejuvenated and more youthful.

Can a neck lift be combined with other procedures?

A necklift can safely be combined with other cosmetic surgeries to provide more dramatic results. Many patients choose to undergo a necklift and a facelift at the same time. Other popular choices include a brow lift or eyelid surgery.

How is a neck lift performed?

A neck lift typically takes several hours to perform, during which time the patient will be under general anesthesia or a combination of intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. The plastic surgeon will begin by making a small incision in a well-concealed place under the patient’s chin. Excess fat and tissue will be removed, and then extra skin will be trimmed. Finally, the doctor will carefully suture the incision to minimize any visible scarring.

Will there be any scarring?

After some time, the scar will be nearly undetectable. The incision will be made under the chin and within a natural skin crease, so the likelihood of a visible scar from a necklift is minimal.

How long is the recovery period? What should I expect during this time?

Your recovery period will vary based upon the extent of revisions being made and may be longer if additional procedures are planned for the same time. Most patients are able to return home the same day as their neck lift. Swelling and bruising is normal and expected for the first 2 weeks after surgery. Your doctor will provide you with instructions that will help you minimize discomfort during the recovery period. You must avoid strenuous activities for at least 6 weeks following surgery, but should be able to return to work within 1 to 2 weeks. The full results of your necklift should be visible within 3 to 6 months.

What is neck liposuction?

In some cases, your doctor may recommend that you undergo neck liposuction to reduce excess fat on the neck. This may be combined with a neck lift or performed on its own. An incision will be made under the chin, and then a canunula will be used to break up and remove excess fat.

Where can I learn more about a neck lift or neck liposuction?

If you are interested in improving the appearance of your neck, please contact one of our offices today. Our plastic surgery centers are conveniently located throughout Westchester County, Nassau County, and Suffolk County. After your initial consultation, our doctors will be able to provide you with a recommendation on the type of procedure that will give you the result you desire.