What Is a Neck Lift?
Neck lift surgery tightens sagging skin on the neck and improves muscle integrity and banding. This lifting of the neck creates a more youthful look by improving the jawline and removing a “turkey neck”. A Neck lift is often sought by people who are aware of disproportionate aging of the neck, or who have had facelift surgery and are noticing some recurrence of sagging neck skin. A neck lift doesn’t have any effect on the cheeks, although it will tighten your jawline.
Benefits of a Neck Lift
Am I a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?
The ideal candidate for neck lift surgery are:
- Over 30 years old
- In good general health
- Realistic in your expectations of the outcome
Procedures to Consider Combining with a Neck Lift
Neck lift surgery can be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures. Most commonly, eyelid surgery is often done with a neck lift since many people notice aging changes in both places at once. It can also be done in conjunction with other procedures such as:
- Chemical peels
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Liposuction underneath the chin, where a pad of fat tends to grow as we age
- Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
- Chin implants, which give the lower face more bony definition and often improve the profile of the neck as well
You can ask Dr. Fante about combinations you’d like to have, and discuss the possibilities before anything is done.
Neck Lift Procedure
A neck lift is an outpatient procedure. You can go home the same day, so make arrangements ahead of time for somebody to drive you home.
Neck Lift Before and After
What Sort of Anesthetic Is Used for a Neck Lift?
A neck lift can be done with either a local anesthetic combined with some IV sedation, or with general anesthesia. Dr. Fante will discuss this with you.
Recovery Time for Neck Lift Surgery
Dr. Fante will give you written instructions for your recovery period after you have a neck lift. He’ll also prescribe an antibiotic for a short period and a pain medication.
How to: Camouflage Post Surgery Bruising
Will There Be Any Scarring?
All incisions leave scars. The unknowns are: where will the scars be, how visible, and how large? For a necklift, incisions are placed near the ears, so the small residual scars can be easily covered by your hair. If you have liposuction done under the chin, there’ll be a small incision there as well.
We’re all different when it comes to scarring, and it’s partly determined by our heredity. Some of us form small, faded scars rather easily. Others form larger, more pigmented scars. This is not easily predictable.
However, any over-large scars can be treated by minor follow-up surgery.
Dr. Fante makes the incisions as small as possible, and as discreetly placed as possible, for the best overall outcome for you. Each necklift is individualized, and you can discuss scarring questions with Dr. Fante before any procedure is started.
Neck Lift Results
Real Patient Experience
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in a neck lift, contact our Denver office today! Call (303) 839-1616 to schedule a consultation with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Fante.