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The neck is often one of the first areas to show signs of aging as your skin loses elasticity and begins to sag. Excess fat, loose skin, and prominent neck bands are some of the hallmarks of an aging face. These can appear following weight loss or weight gain, but more often, are due to age, gravity, and heredity. With a neck lift, our renowned board-certified surgeons can tighten and restore your neck area for a more youthful, natural-looking appearance and a more defined chin and jawline.


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  • Candidates for a neck lift may exhibit symptoms such as excess skin (“turkey neck”), visible bands, or discomfort caused by these conditions.
  • Patients may vary in age, ranging from those in their 20s or 30s to older individuals.
  • Family history can also play a role in predisposing individuals to these issues.
  • Despite not being overweight, an individual may still feel dissatisfied with the appearance of their neck due to excess fat.
  • Neck lift procedures can significantly enhance one’s appearance and alleviate discomfort associated with these conditions.

What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift or cosmetic neck surgery is a procedure that improves the appearance of the lower face and neck area. Neck lifts are commonly combined with facelift procedures for full facial rejuvenation results. It is important to choose the right surgeon for your neck lift who will take the time to understand your aesthetic concerns and commit to providing the best possible results.

At Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery, our team of experienced surgeons is dedicated to developing individualized treatment plans that are tailored to each patient. Your surgeon will consider the following factors when planning your surgery: 

If your neckline concerns are due to a buildup of fat under the chin, known as submental fullness, then liposuction, an injectable treatment like Kybella®, or another non-surgical fat reduction treatment may be considered. Sometimes referred to as a “double chin,” this common sign of aging can typically be reversed to provide a dramatic improvement to your facial definition.

A weak or recessed chin cannot support the neck skin, which can also lead to the appearance of a double chin. A chin implant or precise fat transfer to the area can fix the concern while enhancing the neck and jawline. Providing better chin support improves facial harmony and creates better proportionality with other facial features.

There is a muscle called the platysma on each side of the neck. The two bands are attached at the upper portion of the neck and can separate over time. When that happens, the skin pulls and stretches, causing the neck to have a sagging appearance. Surgery typically involves reattaching these muscles to their more youthful position to correct this issue. 

Excess skin around the neck and lower face is also a very common concern. Both non-surgical and surgical techniques are available to improve skin laxity, depending on the degree of sagging. You may be a good candidate for a laser procedure, or a neck lift may be the best option for you. 

Skin texture and fine or coarse wrinkling can be addressed to bring a youthful appearance to the neck. There are multiple treatment options for skin quality concerns, including lasersinjectables, and chemical peels. A non-surgical treatment may be recommended alone or in combination with a surgical neck lift procedure. 

During your consultation, our plastic surgeons may pinpoint other factors contributing to your concerns. Many times patients simply express that they “look old” or say, “I don’t feel like myself anymore,” but are unsure why. While you may believe that a neck lift is the right solution, our expert team of facial rejuvenation specialists will provide a comprehensive evaluation before recommending a personalized treatment plan to address your concerns. 

When you meet with our team, we will discuss your aesthetic goals, proposed surgical plan, and expected recovery. Our team will also inform you of our financing options and help you budget and plan for surgical expenses, so you can undergo your procedure without financial stress. 

Not everyone with loose skin along the jawline needs a traditional neck lift to restore tightness and definition. MyEllevate is a new and innovative minimally invasive treatment that is helping patients achieve elevated results with less downtime. It allows our Newport Beach surgeons to place specially designed sutures underneath the skin, which lift and tighten for a more youthful appearance. This treatment has minimal recovery time, and most of our patients begin to enjoy their results within a week. MyEllevate can be used alone or in combination with liposuction or other non-invasive skin tightening treatments to achieve a sculpted jawline and younger-looking neck.

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Neck lift procedures are performed with general anesthesia or with a combination of local anesthesia and oral sedation. We can perform a neck lift alone or in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures for optimal results. In some cases, your surgeon will use liposuction techniques to remove stubborn fat from under the chin and contour the jawline.

The specific techniques we’ll use for your neck lift procedure will depend on your concerns and the personalized treatment plan we’ll create to achieve your desired outcome. Your PCPS surgeon will perform your neck lift procedure using one of the following incision techniques:

Traditional Neck Lift Incision 

A traditional neck lift incision usually starts in the sideburn area and follows the curve of your ear, ending within your hairline. Sometimes, we’ll make another small incision under the chin if we perform liposuction or if we need to repair the muscle in this area. 

Limited Neck Lift Incision 

A limited neck lift technique involves making smaller incisions around the ear while trying to avoid any additional incisions in the hairline. This technique may be chosen for smaller areas, for a small degree of skin laxity, or when performed in combination with another procedure. 

Through your incision of choice, your surgeon will remove excess skin and reposition the neck muscles and soft tissue to a more youthful position. Your neck surgery will take about one to two hours to complete, depending on the extent of your areas of concern. It may take longer if you opt for more than one procedure. 

MyEllevate® Non-Surgical Jawline Contouring 

Not everyone is ready for a surgical neck lift to correct submental fullness and sagging around the neck. Our board-certified surgeons also offer MyEllevate®, a non-surgical neck lift alternative. MyEllevate® by CynoSure uses a light-guided suture system to lift and tighten the neck with a continuous suture.

This jawline contouring requires no incisions and can be performed with local anesthesia in less than an hour. As a minimally invasive neck lift alternative, MyEllevate® is best for mild to moderate aging in the neck, and results last approximately five years.

Your neck surgery recovery time will depend on the techniques your surgeon used and your individual healing process. Most patients are able to resume their regular routine within approximately two to three weeks. A full recovery may take anywhere from four to six weeks.

During your recovery time, you may experience some swelling, tightness, and general discomfort. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to help you manage these symptoms. Do not apply an ice pack to your neck unless advised by your surgeon, as it can affect blood flow and skin health after surgery. Swelling and tightness should continue to fade over the next several months following your neck lift.

Generally, the results of a neck lift are long-lasting and can age naturally along with the rest of your body over time. A neck lift typically provides a more youthful-looking neck for a decade or longer. 

You will likely see visible improvements within about one month of your procedure once the swelling has dissipated. Results continue to improve over the following months, allowing you to enjoy your improved neck contours, defined chin and jawline, and overall rejuvenated appearance. 

A neck lift may benefit healthy men and women who are experiencing signs of aging. The best candidates for neck surgery generally have one or more of the following: 

  • Excess fat in the submental area, or a “double chin”
  • Signs of aging
  • Sagging around the jaw and neck
  • Prominent neck bands

If you desire a well-defined, tightened chin and jawline, you may want to consider neck surgery. While a neck lift can address aging in the lower face, aging in the mid or upper face may be better treated with a facelift or brow lift. Our expert team of board-certified plastic surgeons can help you choose the right procedure or combination of procedures for your aesthetic goals. 

The cost of a neck lift procedure depends on multiple factors, such as your geographic location and your provider’s level of experience. On average, a neck lift costs $4,800 to $7,200 at Pacific Center. However, this does not include associated expenses such as anesthesia and facility fees. A non-surgical neck lift with MyEllevate® costs $3,200 to $4,800.

Your total cost will depend on your unique procedure, including what neck lift technique is used and if it’s combined with a facelift procedure. For a more accurate cost estimate, request a consultation with a surgeon at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery.

Take the Next Step

As soon as you step into our Newport Beach office, our welcoming staff will carefully listen to your concerns and guide you through your treatment journey. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery will be happy to discuss your cosmetic goals, review the pros and cons of the treatment you are considering, and create a personalized treatment plan that will deliver the best outcome for you. 

To learn more about neck lifts and the innovative treatments offered at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, contact our office by calling (949) 617-1168 or by filling out the consultation request form below.

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