The goal of the neck lift is to make the neck look naturally more youthful, slimmer, defined, lifted, and tightened. Poor neck lifts can look overstretched, making the neck tissue look different than the facial tissue. As board-certified plastic surgeons, we are experts at handling delicate neck skin, fascia, fat, and muscular tissue planes to achieve noticeable yet natural-looking results. We want to accentuate your natural beauty, versus making it clear that you had work done.
What to Expect
Before your neck lift, we’ll set up a consultation and talk about your goals, medical history, and procedural options based on your anatomy. We’ll take measurements and photographs and will recommend a treatment based on your desired outcomes and anatomy. We’ll also talk about the procedure, anesthesia, potential risks and complications, recovery, and aftercare instructions.
The neck lift procedure is conducted while the patient is under anesthesia and typically lasts less than two hours. Initially, discreet incisions are made around the back of the ears and into the hairline, through which fat deposits in the neck or jowls are removed or redistributed. To contour the jawline, an additional incision may be made under the chin to remove any excess skin or fat. Following this, we may tighten the platysma muscle and remove any excess skin in the neck area. Finally, sutures are used to close the incisions.
Our expertise in plastic surgery ensures that we skillfully close incisions and take into account each patient’s unique surgical objectives and physical features to produce optimal outcomes. The incision scars from a neck lift are typically inconspicuous because they are concealed by the ear and hairline contours.
We perform neck lifts as outpatient procedures at our accredited Northern Arizona SurgiCenter in Flagstaff. After the procedure, you will stay for observation and will need a ride home. Neck lift patients typically feel ready to return to work and do everyday activities within one to two weeks. Our neck lift patients usually see final results within six weeks. Some bruising and swelling after the procedure are normal.
Medical Review: This procedural information has been medically reviewed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Brian A. Cripe, M.D.