Neck Lift

A neck lift can surgically correct loose skin, fat, or banding on the neck. It may be performed on individuals with visible signs of aging on their neck or those who have lost a significant amount of weight. Neck lift surgery may consist of liposuction, cervicoplasty and/or platysmaplasty, and is commonly combined with facelift, brow lift or eyelid surgery procedures.

Neck Lift Procedure

Neck lift surgery takes several hours to perform; the exact amount of time depends on the specific procedure(s) being performed. Neck lift is usually performed with the patient under general or local anesthesia.

Neck Liposuction

Neck liposuction is beneficial for anyone whose neck is marred by the appearance of excess fat. After an incision is made beneath the chin, a cannula is inserted and excess fat is broken up and removed. Sutures are used to close the incision.


Cervicoplasty is performed to remove loose skin from the neck. Through an incision under the chin and behind the ears, skin is cut and lifted. Incisions are closed with sutures or adhesives.


Platysmaplasty reduces the appearance of banding on the neck and is performed through incisions behind the ears and/or under the chin. Neck muscles are repositioned or removed, and remaining neck muscles are sutured together.

Neck Lift Recovery

Most patients return home the same day as their neck lift. For the first two weeks after surgery, swelling and bruising may occur. The results of a neck lift should be fully noticeable within three to six months.

Neck Lift Risks

Risks associated with neck lift surgery may include infection, skin numbness, bruising, or complications from the anesthesia. To minimize the occurrence of complications, always choose a board-certified plastic surgeon and carefully follow all preoperative and postoperative instructions.

Schedule Your Neck Lift Consultation Today

To learn more about neck lift surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon. Our offices serve Long Island, Queens, New York City, Bergen County, and all surrounding areas.

Related Topics & Our Doctors in the News

View Our Plastic Surgery Brochure

Patient Educational Videos

Our Patient Education Library