Get Rid of Double Chin or Sagging Skin with a Neck Lift
A neck lift achieves a sleeker neck and jawline by removing sagging skin and excess fat deposits on the chin. The procedure also improves the appearance of horizontal bands on the neck, all while creating a smoother, more slender neck.
Neck Lift Candidates
Ideal facelift and neck lift candidates are individuals who have:
- Submental fat (known as a “double chin”)
- Loose, sagging skin on the neck
- Horizontal bands on the neck
Neck lifts are a highly individualized treatment. Depending on the patient’s aesthetic concerns and desired outcome, the plastic surgeon may recommend combining a neck lift with a facelift or other procedures such as eyelid surgery, Botox or laser skin care. The plastic surgeon will work closely with the patient to create a treatment plan that can achieve the most comprehensive and natural-looking results.
Neck Lift Procedure Details
Neck lift plastic surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, typically under general anesthesia.
During neck lift surgery, incisions are made around the earlobes, behind the ears and extending to the lower scalp. An incision may be made underneath the chin, if necessary. The neck muscles will be repositioned and tightened while excess fat will be removed using liposuction techniques. Loose skin is removed while the remaining skin is pulled taut. The result is a smoother and sleeker neck and jawline.
Once surgery is complete, the incisions will be closed using sutures. The surgeon will then dress the treatment area with bandages.
Neck Lift Recovery Details
The initial recovery period typically lasts one week. Common side effects include bruising, swelling, soreness and discoloration in the treatment area(s). These symptoms should subside a few days after surgery. Oral pain medication can be prescribed to minimize discomfort. Patients should rest as much as possible, keeping their head elevated. Strenuous activities such as exercise should also be avoided. Patients will need to attend all follow-up appointments so the plastic surgeon can monitor their healing progress.