What is a neck lift?

A neck lift, sometimes referred to as a lower rhytidectomy, is a procedure that is designed to restore a youthful appearance to the neck, chin and jawline. This procedure effectively removes excess skin that has lost its firmness and elasticity due to aging. Surgery also improves horizontal banding that commonly appears on the neck over time. This will give the neck and jawline a smoother, sleeker look overall.

What’s it for?

Dr. Schneider may recommend a neck lift to address the following concerns:

  • Loose skin and isolated deposits of fat around the neck
  • A “turkey wattle” that gives you an aged appearance
  • The appearance of a double chin due to loose, hanging skin
  • Jowls along the jawline caused by skin laxity
  • Horizontal bands and folds around the neck

Neck lifts are frequently performed in conjunction with liposuction to create a smoother neck contour. The procedure may also be combined with a facelift or other facial enhancement surgery to produce more dramatic, long-lasting results.

To learn more about this procedure, you can schedule a private consultation with Dr. Schneider by calling Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery.

*Individual results may vary.

 

How does a neck lift procedure work?

A neck lift can be performed under local anesthesia with oral or intravenous sedation, depending on the complexity of the procedure. In some cases, liposuction only will be required to remove isolated areas of fat to create a sleeker contour of the neck. Other neck lifts involve incisions under the chin and around each ear, where visible scarring after surgery will be minimal. This technique allows Dr. Schneider to remove excess skin, firm up the jawline, and create a smoother look to the neck overall.

What is recovery like?

After your procedure, you will likely have some bruising and swelling around your incision sites. Oral pain medication can be used to manage any postoperative discomfort and cold compresses may help reduce uncomfortable swelling. Most patients are able to return to work in approximately one to two weeks, although strenuous activity may be restricted for a longer period of time depending on the individual.

What can I expect from my neck lift results?

Results of a neck lift will become evident as the surgical area heals completely. The neck will look sleeker and more youthful. A neck lift offers long-lasting results, although the effects of time and gravity will eventually lead to sagging skin and creases. When this occurs, a touch-up procedure may be recommended to help you maintain your positive results after seven to ten years.

The neck is often one of the first places to show the signs of aging, making us self-conscious about wearing certain types of jewelry or clothing. A neck lift is an effective surgical procedure for turning back the clock and helping you restore your youthful appearance.