A neck lift is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates the appearance of the neck. As we age, it is common to lose tone and definition in the neck area. Your surgeon can employ several different surgical approaches to smooth and tighten the tissues and refine the contours of your neck.
The natural aging process leads to skin laxity in the neck. The skin and muscles of the neck commonly become saggy and loose, resulting in the appearance of a so-called “turkey wattle.” Neck lift surgery can eliminate a turkey wattle, remove excess skin, and tighten the tissues so that the neck appears smooth, toned, and defined.
Excess skin and fat in the neck area can make you look overweight. These issues can also prematurely age your appearance. Neck lift surgery removes excess skin and displaced fat to create a more distinctly defined and slender neck contour. This procedure can also improve jawline definition and eliminate a double chin.
Aging can quickly and dramatically affect the neck and may age your appearance even before your face shows many wrinkles. By eliminating excess fat and tightening the muscle and skin tone of the neck, neck lift surgery can create a more youthful appearance and profile. Neck lift surgery is often performed in conjunction with a facelift to renew the entire face and neck area.
Men can develop wrinkles and sagging skin in the neck as well as the face. Men tend to have thicker skin and more fatty tissue in the neck area, both of which can age the appearance. Dr. Schlechter makes incisions under the chin and/or behind the ears and removes excess skin, tightens the neck muscles, and repositions the tissues. For qualifying candidates, Dr. Schlechter may use the PrecisionTx™ minimally invasive neck lift to rejuvenate the appearance of the neck. A neck lift for men can:
Traditional neck lift surgery involves tightening or repositioning the neck muscles and removing excess fat and skin through surgical excision. The surgical incisions are usually made under the chin or behind the ears. If necessary, neck lift surgery can incorporate liposuction to rejuvenate the neck.
Liposuction of the neck can correct a double chin or hanging fat in the neck to make it slimmer and more defined. Using one or more small incisions, a thin, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted into the pockets of neck fat. Excess fat is then vacuumed out through the cannula to trim down the neck.
Muscle banding in the neck is a common sign of aging and can be minimized using BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected directly into the neck muscles to relax them so that they no longer give the appearance of a turkey wattle.
Dr. Schlechter’s PrecisionTx™ minimally invasive neck lift uses laser liposuction to destroy excess fat and tighten loose skin. This technique can produce results similar to a traditional neck lift for the appropriate candidate. PrecisionTx™ leaves little to no scarring and stimulates collagen production so that results continue to improve over time.
I am extremely pleased with the results of my face and neck lift! I told Dr. Schlechter that I wanted a natural look, and that is exactly what I got. Dr. Schlechter, in addition to being an excellent surgeon, has a calm, reassuring manner and a very friendly and professional staff. – A happy patient
Just a quick line to let you know how pleased I am with the results of the PrecisionTx I had. The treatment I received was excellent. The procedure was relatively painless, the recovery time was extremely short, and the results are terrific. Who could ask for more??!! A big thank you to Dr. Schlechter and the entire staff for creating such a safe and comfortable environment. – FM
Patients must be in good physical health to be candidates for a neck lift. If you have any bleeding problems or an illness or disorder that slows the healing process, you may not be a good candidate for a neck lift. It is also important to have realistic expectations and a healthy mental well-being. Some patients who would not qualify for traditional neck lift surgery may still be able to undergo neck rejuvenation with the PrecisionTx™ technique, liposuction, or BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. During your consultation, Dr. Schlechter will discuss your desires and medical history with you to determine the best treatment for your needs.
Dr. Schlechter often combines neck lift surgery with facelift surgery and other rejuvenation procedures. If you are interested in receiving multiple procedures at once, Dr. Schlechter can help you decide which procedures will help you achieve your desires.
Patients who undergo traditional neck lift surgery will have scars after the procedure. Nonetheless, these scars are hidden under the chin or behind the ears and are rarely perceptible over time. There is virtually no scarring after the PrecisionTx™ minimally invasive neck lift since only one to three tiny incisions are made in the earlobe crease and under the chin.
A neck lift removes excess fat and skin in the neck area. In many cases, it can correct a double chin by removing fatty deposits and improving skin tightness in the lower face and jawline area.
The exact technique for performing a neck lift varies based on the specific problems that are being corrected. Dr. Schlechter will help you select the best neck lift technique for you. Whichever technique you receive, the end result will be a neck that looks more toned and gives you a more youthful appearance.
Neck lifts can be performed in a hospital or clinic setting, and they are almost always outpatient procedures. Dr. Schlechter typically performs the procedure in his accredited in-office surgical suite.
A neck lift is typically performed under local anesthesia with IV sedation.
Immediately after a traditional neck lift, you will be fitted with a compression bandage to reduce swelling and aid the healing process. This bandage is removed the following day, and a lighter bandage is applied. You will be given instructions on how to care for your stitches and incision. Patients commonly experience some bruising and swelling. You may also experience unusual sensations like numbness, tingling, or burning in the neck area for the first few weeks. Major complications are rare for patients who carefully follow the doctor’s instructions. Expect to be off work for one to two weeks, and you may have to avoid strenuous physical activities for a month or longer.
You can return home a couple hours after a PrecisionTx™ neck lift. Any pain and bruising are usually minimal and subside within a couple days. You may need to wear the compression garment around your neck for up to two weeks to ensure the best results.
Most patients achieve dramatic results from neck lift surgery. Your neck will look more youthful, defined, thin, and toned. Results from liposuction and BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are quickly noticeable, as are many of the results from traditional neck lift surgery. The results from all techniques will become more noticeable as swelling subsides. The results from a PrecisionTx™ neck lift take the longest to develop; some results will be immediately noticeable but the remainder will continue to develop for up to six months after the procedure.
The cost of your necklift will depend on your specific anatomy and surgery. Please see our Plastic Surgery Procedure Pricing Guide for more information.