When we age, the muscles and skin in our neck area become more relaxed and sag. Many people feel that the neck area shows clear and highly-visible signs of aging.  Heredity, gravity, stress and the environment can all also have an effect on the neck area.

About the procedure

Like a face lift, a neck lift can improve the signs of aging. The procedure can address any one or more of these concerns:

  • Sagging neck skin that causes the appearance of a double chin
  • Excess fat that creates jowls or deposits under the chin
  • Loose neck skin
  • Muscle banding in the neck, which created abnormal contours

As part of the neck lift, a small incision is made beneath the chin. From that incision, your surgeon can make adjustments to the skin, fat and muscles in your neck. After that, your surgeon will re-distribute the neck skin for a smoother appearance.

Neck lifts are often performed along with procedures, such as face lifts, brow or eyelid plastic surgeries. If the loose skin is excessive, a facelift may be necessary to see desired results.

Recovery

After the procedure, you will have bandages to reduce swelling and bruising. There may also be a thin tube to drain excess blood or fluid from under your skin. You will need to keep your head elevated above your heart to reduce swelling. For a period of time (recommended by your surgeon), you will need to avoid twisting or bending of your neck. Ice is not allowed for bruising or swelling since it can interfere with blood flow.

As part of the recovery process, you will receive:

  • Instructions that may include how to care for the surgical site and drains
  • Medications to apply or take
  • Areas to watch with your doctor at the surgical site or in your general health