Neck Lift

The neck is often one of the first areas of the body to show signs of aging – even before the face. Beyond just wrinkles, the skin and the muscle of the neck may loosen, creating what we affectionately call a “turkey neck.” Occasionally, the problem is a double chin, which is the result of fat in the neck. A neck lift complements a facelift by tightening the neck skin, correcting loose muscles, and may include conservative liposuction of the fat under the chin and jawline.

At the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation, our board-certified facial plastic surgeons will spend time with you to understand what you dislike about the appearance of your neck, and they will examine you carefully to determine the best surgical plan.

We have performed hundreds of neck lifts for patients in the greater San Francisco Bay area. With two board-certified facial plastic surgeons in our office, you have the option to receive a second opinion within the same office.

Many patients opt to have a neck lift and facelift concurrently to reverse the signs of aging from the cheeks to the clavicle.

Your Neck Lift Procedure

In most cases, a neck lift is performed under local anesthesia. The incisions are usually made behind the ears or delicately hidden in the hairline. A small incision under the chin may also be necessary. With a properly performed surgery and normal healing, the incisions should be imperceptible to all but your closest friends and family.

Excess skin is removed, and liposuction is used, if necessary, to remove excess fatty tissue. The underlying muscles are tightened and reshaped. The skin is then redraped for a tighter, more youthful look.

Recovering from a Neck Lift

As long as someone drives you, you will be able to go home within a few hours of your surgery.

There will be some bruising, numbness, tightness, and discomfort for up to two weeks, while swelling will take a bit longer to fully resolve. After a short time, the swelling will not be as noticeable. You can take pain medication, and we recommend sleeping upright for a few nights to keep the swelling down.

Most people take seven days to two weeks off from work after a neck lift, and sports/exercise should be avoided for at least two weeks.

We will send you home with a bandage around your neck that you will need to wear continuously for one week and overnight for a few weeks after that. In some cases, drains may be necessary. These are placed under the skin and left in place for about two days after the surgery to capture fluids as you heal. At that same time, you are free to begin showering again.

We will also provide products to promote healing and improve the appearance of post-surgical scars.

Sutures are removed in about a week. We will also see you for post-operative examinations to make sure that you are healing well.

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