Necklift techniques and goals are similar to those of a facelift. A necklift is typically part of a lower or comprehensive facelift procedure. NYBRA plastic surgeons use an incision contoured to the ear to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the neck and lower face and re-drape the remaining skin to restore a youthful jaw and neck contour. If you have noticeable jowls, a “turkey wattle,” or vertical folds running down your neck, neck lift can be performed to eliminate these unwanted cosmetic flaws. Doing so can have a profound impact on your appearance, making you look years, if not decades, younger.

Procedure details

  • Necklift and facelift surgery is typically performed under light general anesthesia. In appropriate candidates, a mini face/necklift can be done under local anesthesia
  • An incision that follows the contour of the ear allows for skin tightening and a barely visible scar
  • We use liposuction to remove unwanted fullness in the neck and below the chin
  • The platysma muscle, a superficial muscle just beneath the skin, is trimmed as needed and tightened to restore a youthful neck contour and eliminate vertical bands
  • Excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is re-draped to eliminate wrinkles and restore a smooth appearance
  • During the recovery, you will experience a predictable amount of bruising and swelling that resolves within a few weeks. Most patients feel ready to socialize in 2-3 weeks

Risks & Benefits

Necklift surgery shares risks and benefits with facelift procedures. It is generally well tolerated and commonly performed. Surgical complications, such as a hematoma from bleeding after the surgery or nerve damage, are rare. Some temporary numbness in front of the suture line is to be expected, and touch up procedure may occasionally be desired to optimize the result.

A well-done face/necklift typically makes the face appear about 10 years younger and provides long-lasting benefits. While the aging process goes on, and some signs of aging will return, the benefit of the face/necklift will carry on.