Neck Lift

A neck lift, also known as platysmaplasty, submental lipectomy, or lower rhytidectomy, is a rejuvenation procedure performed to increase the definition of the neck from the angle of the jaw down to the chin, thereby restoring a youthful and aesthetic contour to the face. An elegant neck contour is not only a symbol of a youthful appearance but also of health and vitality. A neck lift procedure typically involves: Lifting and smoothing sagging skin (turkey neck), Tightening the platysma muscle, and Removing excess fat.

Yes Doctor’s Plastic Surgery Procedure Neck Lift

What is a Neck Lift?

A common complaint of patients consulting plastic surgeons for facial cosmetic evaluation is the appearance of aging in the neck and loss of youthful contours in the face and neck. Neck aging can happen for various reasons, including heredity, gravity, environmental conditions, and stress.

A standard face-lift adequately addresses most age-related neck changes and remains the gold standard. However, the neck lift or platysmaplasty remains a reasonable alternative for patients unwilling to undergo a complete face-lift.

A neck lift offers a smooth and toned appearance to the wrinkled and inelastic skin under the chin and neck.

Patients with the following symptoms are the ideal candidates for a neck lift:

  • A poorly-defined jawline

  • Absence of laxity in the midfacial structures

  • Small to moderate amounts of jowl and neck fat

  • Patients who do not want to undergo a full face-lift

Preparing for Neck Lift

Patient counseling and expectation management are the most important aspects of preparation for any cosmetic procedure. Be it surgical or non-surgical, any treatment should not begin until the surgeon or other healthcare provider feels that the patient's goals and expectations are consistent with anticipated outcomes. Additionally, surgical patients should ideally temporarily discontinue anticoagulant therapy (medication/therapy to prevent blood clotting) and quit smoking, if applicable.

Before starting the neck lift procedure, your plastic surgeon may:

  • Examine and measure your face.

  • Take your photographs for the medical record.

  • Discuss different neck lift procedure options and recommend the best course of treatment.

  • Discuss the likely outcomes, risks, and complications of a neck lift procedure.

A neck lift may be performed on an outpatient basis in an accredited office-based surgical unit, hospital, or licensed ambulatory surgical center. It's necessary to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the surgical unit and stay with you for the first few nights following surgery.

Procedure steps

A neck lift procedure involves the following steps:


Intravenous sedation or general anesthesia is administered to comfort you during the procedure. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you. 


The surgeon makes an incision under the chin, behind the ears, or both depending on the extent of the surgery. The incision begins in the hairline at the level of the sideburn, continues down and around the ear, and ends in the posterior hair. After making the incision, the surgeon tightens the neck muscles (platysma muscles) to remove sagging and excess skin. If there is excess fat in the neck, the surgeon may remove it through liposuction or direct excision. In that case, a separate incision under the chin is often necessary. Once the excess skin and fat have been removed, the surgeon re-drapes the remaining skin and pulls it upwards to create a smoother, more youthful-looking neck.

Incision Closure

The surgeon closes the incisions with sutures or surgical staples and applies bandages and a compression garment to minimize swelling and promote healing.


The patient is then moved to a recovery room and monitored closely for a few hours before discharge. The recovery process can take several weeks, during which the patient must follow specific postoperative instructions to ensure proper healing.


  • Which Neck Lift is Right for You?

    As we age, the skin on our necks can begin to lose elasticity and sag, resulting in wrinkles, creases, and fatty deposits. A neck lift can help to address these issues and restore a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. Several neck lift procedures are available, each with benefits and drawbacks. These may include a traditional neck lift, cervicoplasty, a mid-facelift with a neck lift, liposuction, or a non-surgical neck lift. Understanding the different types of neck lifts and the specific techniques used in each can help you decide which procedure is right for you.

  • Cervicoplasty

    Cervicoplasty can be performed as a part of a neck lift or facelift. The surgical procedure involves removing excess skin from the neck and tightening the remaining skin for a more youthful and toned appearance. 

    During the procedure, an incision is made under the chin or behind the ears to gain access to the neck muscles and tissue. Then the surgeon removes excess skin and tightens the remaining skin and muscles to create a more defined and smooth neck contour.

  • Platysmaplasty

    Platysmaplasty is a type of neck lift procedure that targets the platysma muscle that extends from the collarbone up to the jawline. As we age, this muscle can become loose and sag, leading to the appearance of vertical bands or "turkey neck." Platysmaplasty involves tightening the platysma muscle and removing excess fat or tissue to create a smoother, more toned neck contour.

    Platysmaplasty can be performed independently or with other neck or facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a facelift. Patients can expect to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort following the procedure. However, these symptoms should subside within a few weeks, revealing a more youthful and defined neck contour.

  • Liposuction

    Also known as submental liposuction, a liposuction neck lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to remove excess fat from the neck and under the chin, to improve the appearance of the neck and jawline.

    During the procedure, the surgeon will make small incisions beneath the chin or behind the ears to access the fat deposits in the neck. They will then use a thin, hollow tube called a cannula to suction out the excess fat, sculpting a more defined neck contour.

    A liposuction neck lift is best suited for patients with excess fat in the neck and chin area but good skin elasticity.

  • Non-surgical Neck Lift

    A non-surgical neck lift typically involves using non-invasive or minimally invasive techniques to address concerns such as sagging skin, fat, or wrinkles.

    Several non-surgical neck lift procedures are available:

    • Injectables such as Botox or dermal fillers can reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the neck by blocking the nerve signals that cause skin wrinkling.

    • Laser therapy, radiofrequency energy, and ultrasound therapy can stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin on the neck.

    • Micro-needling uses tiny needles to create micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating collagen production and improving skin texture.

    Non-surgical neck lift procedures generally require little to no downtime and are less invasive than surgical options.

Why Neck Lift?

Aging is an inevitable process affecting everyone. Age-related changes leading to an unattractive neck can be attributed to a loss of skin elasticity due to loss of dermal collagen and elastin, fat accumulation, chronic photodamage, uneven fat distribution, and hormonal changes. It can be caused by various factors, such as genetics, weight fluctuations, and sun damage. 

A neck lift can address these concerns adequately by creating a more defined jawline and a slimmer, smoother-looking neck. It aims to enhance the appearance of your neck.

There are several reasons why someone may choose to undergo a neck lift. For some, it may be a matter of personal confidence and wanting to feel more comfortable and confident in their skin. For others, it may be a desire to look younger and more vibrant, particularly if their appearance affects their professional or social life.

The most common reasons why someone may choose a neck lift are:

  • Tighten sagging skin
  • Reduce wrinkles and fine lines
  • Remove a "double chin"
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Restore facial balance

What are Concerns for Neck Lift?

While a neck lift is generally considered a safe and effective cosmetic procedure, like any surgical procedure, it does come with certain risks and potential complications. These can range from minor side effects, such as swelling and bruising, to more serious complications, such as nerve damage, infection, or unsatisfactory cosmetic results. Complications resulting from a neck lift can be divided into: 1- Early complications include hematoma, seroma, nerve injury, and wound infection. Early complications are usually temporary and subside within a few weeks of the procedure. 2- Late complications include contour irregularities, asymmetrical fat removal, inadequate reduction, overcorrection, visible platysmal banding, and neck overskeletalization. Patients must understand a neck lift's risks and potential complications before undergoing the procedure. To minimize the risk of complications, patients should choose a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon, carefully follow pre-and post-operative instructions, and immediately report any unusual symptoms or concerns to their surgeon

  • Scarring

    During a neck lift, incisions are made behind the ears and under the chin to access the neck muscles and tissues. While these incisions are typically small and made in inconspicuous locations, some scarring is inevitable. The extent and appearance of scarring after a neck lift can vary depending on several factors, including the patient's skin type and healing ability, the surgical technique used, and the size and location of the incisions. Some patients may develop raised or thickened scars, known as keloids. In contrast, others may experience redness or discoloration in the incision area.
  • Nerve Damage

    During the neck lift surgery, nerves in the neck can be stretched, compressed, or cut, leading to temporary or permanent damage. Some common nerve damage symptoms after a neck lift include numbness or tingling in the neck or chin area, weakness or loss of muscle control in the face or neck, and changes in sensation or movement in the lower lip or tongue. In rare cases, nerve damage can also affect breathing or swallowing, which requires immediate medical attention. Fortunately, most cases of nerve damage after a neck lift are temporary and resolve by themselves over time as the nerves heal. Sometimes, patients may be prescribed medication or physical therapy to help manage symptoms and promote nerve regeneration.
  • Blood Clots

    During a neck lift, incisions are made in the neck area, and the surgeon manipulates the underlying tissues and muscles. It can cause damage to blood vessels, leading to the formation of blood clots. Blood clots can cause swelling, pain, redness, and warmth in the affected area. In some cases, blood clots can travel to other parts of the body, such as the lungs, where they can cause serious complications, such as pulmonary embolism. If a blood clot does occur after a neck lift, prompt treatment is necessary to prevent serious complications. Treatment may involve medication to dissolve the clot, or in some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary.

Steps to getting your procedure


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Matching with a doctor

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Getting financing

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Booking a consultation

Why Yes Doctor for Neck Lift

So if you're considering a neck lift procedure but are worried about the cost, don't let finances hold you back.

Yes Doctor offers a range of payment plans and financing options to help make cosmetic procedures more affordable for patients.

Working with Yes Doctor, you can spread the cost of your neck lift procedure over time, making it more manageable and budget-friendly. We typically offer low-interest rates and flexible payment terms so that you can choose the best option. Contact us today to explore your options and find the best payment plan for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

The level of pain experienced during a neck lift can vary from person to person and can depend on factors such as the extent of the surgery, the individual's pain tolerance, and the surgeon's techniques. You will be under anesthesia during the procedure, so you should not feel any pain. After the procedure, you will likely experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort you may have. Most patients describe the pain as mild to moderate and can be managed with prescribed pain medications.
Potential complications and risks after a neck lift procedure can include infection, bleeding, nerve injury, scarring, and anesthesia-related complications. Additionally, some patients may experience temporary or permanent numbness, weakness in the neck or surrounding areas, and skin discoloration or unevenness. There is also a risk of dissatisfaction with the procedure results, which can occur if the patient has unrealistic expectations or if the procedure results in over-correction, under-correction, or uneven results.
The longevity of the results of a neck lift can vary from person to person depending on factors such as the patient's age, skin quality, and lifestyle choices. However, in general, the results of a neck lift can last for several years, and some patients may even experience permanent improvements. The aging process will continue, and the skin will eventually lose elasticity. It can cause the skin to sag or loosen, affecting the results of the neck lift. Patients can help to maintain their results by practicing good skin care, avoiding excessive sun exposure, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and considering occasional maintenance procedures such as injectables or skin resurfacing.
Here are a few things you can expect during a neck lift consultation: Medical History: Your surgeon will ask about your medical history, including any underlying medical conditions, allergies, medications, and previous surgeries. Physical Examination: Your surgeon will perform a physical examination of your neck and jawline to assess your skin quality, muscle tone, and the degree of sagging or excess fat in the neck. Discussion of Goals: Your surgeon will discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure and evaluate whether a neck lift is right for you. Discussion of Procedure: Your surgeon will explain the procedure, including the type of anesthesia used, the incision techniques, and the expected recovery period. Risks and Complications: Your surgeon will discuss the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure and the steps to minimize them. Cost and Financing: Your surgeon will provide you with an estimate of the cost of the procedure and discuss financ... Show more.