What is a neck lift?

Medically referred to as a lower rhytidectomy, a neck lift is a surgical procedure that involves lifting and tightening the skin in the neck and jaw line to reduce visible signs of aging. 

What does a neck lift improve?

Aging causes wrinkles and sagging around on a person's neck, due loss of elasticity of the skin. 

A neck lift can:

  • Remove fat and tighten skin around the chin, jowls and jaw line area.
  • It can reduce excess skin on the neck.
  • Address muscle banding that creates undesired contours on the neck.

How is the procedure performed?

Each procedure is individualized according to a patient's specific needs. A brow lift requires anesthesia  and could be accomplished through a variety of different methods, depending on the amount of excess skin. Liposuction, tightening of the underlying muscle to address neck bands, fat redistribution and removal of excess skin are often part of the procedure.
The incision often starts at the hairline at sideburn level and goes around the ear to the lower scalp. A limited incision is another option, and a small incision at the chin is common as well. Incisions are closed with sutures or skin adhesives.
This surgery is often done at the time of other facial procedures.

What are the risks?

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Hair loss at incisions
  • Nerve injury
  • Undesirable scarring
  • Pain and/or swelling
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Blood clotting issues
  • Poor wound healing

What can be expected after the surgery?

Will I have bandages/drainage tubes
Your face may be loosely wrapped with bandages and there may be a small tube for fluid drainage.

How soon return to work?
All cases are different, but most patients are healed and can return to work within 14 days.

How soon achieved results?
It will take several weeks to achieve final results .

Is a neck lift covered by insurance?

A  neck lift is a cosmetic surgery and is not covered by insurance companies.