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A neck lift, also known as cervicoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that addresses visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck. It targets:

  • Excess skin and laxity in the lower face and neck
  • Loose muscles that contribute to sagging
  • Platysma bands (cords in the neck muscles)
  • Fatty deposits under the chin (double chin)


  • Creates a more defined jawline and smoother neck contour
  • Reduces sagging skin and wrinkles
  • Improves facial profile and proportions
  • Can boost self-confidence


Ideal candidates for a neck lift are individuals with noticeable concerns like:

  • Loose, hanging skin in the neck area
  • Visible platysma bands
  • Excess fat deposits creating a double chin
  • These concerns are not effectively addressed by diet or exercise.


The specific technique can vary depending on the surgeon’s approach and your desired outcome. Here’s a general overview:

  • Anesthesia: General anesthesia is most common to ensure patient comfort.
  • Incisions: Strategic placement to minimize scarring. Common locations include:
    – Behind and under the earlobe
    – Under the chin (for addressing a double chin)
  • Lifting and Tightening: The surgeon separates the skin from the underlying tissues. Excess skin is removed, and the platysma muscle (the major neck muscle) is tightened and repositioned. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat.
  • Closure: Stitches or surgical staples meticulously close the incisions.


  • Typically 1-2 weeks for initial healing, with limitations on activity and wearing compression garments.
  • Bruising and swelling may take several weeks to subside completely.
  • Full recovery with unrestricted movement can take up to 3-6 months.

Risks and Considerations

  • Surgical procedure: Risks include infection, bleeding, and scarring.
  • Downtime: Requires significant recovery time with limitations on activity.
  • Unnatural results: Overdoing the procedure can lead to an unnatural appearance. Choosing a qualified surgeon experienced in neck lifts is crucial.
  • Alternatives: Nonsurgical options like fillers and skin tightening treatments may offer some improvement, but results are often subtle and temporary compared to surgery.

Who to Consult

Consulting a board-certified plastic surgeon is essential to discuss the risks, benefits, candidacy, and specific details of a neck lift. It’s important to choose a qualified surgeon with experience in facial rejuvenation procedures to minimize risks and achieve natural-looking results. Be sure to discuss your individual goals and expectations openly with your doctor.

Additional Considerations

  • A neck lift is often combined with a facelift for a more comprehensive rejuvenation of the lower face and neck.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle can help prolong the results of a neck lift.


This information is intended for general knowledge only and should not be a substitute for professional medical advice. Consulting a qualified healthcare professional is essential to discuss the risks, benefits, candidacy, and specific details of neck lift surgery.

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