Neck Lift

A neck lift, also known as a lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the neck by reducing sagging skin, removing excess fat, and tightening the underlying muscles. It targets signs of aging in the neck area to create a more youthful and defined contour. It is often performed at the same time as facelift, and Dr. Landis will discuss what procedure or combination of procedures is right for you.

Reasons for a Neck Lift:

  • Experience sagging or loose skin: As we age, the skin on the neck loses its elasticity, resulting in sagging and loose skin. A neck lift can remove the excess skin and tighten the remaining skin to create a smoother and more youthful appearance.
  • Have excess fat deposits: Some individuals may develop unwanted fat deposits under the chin or along the neck. A neck lift can address these concerns by removing or repositioning the fat to restore a more defined neck contour.
  • Notice muscle banding or laxity: Aging can cause the neck muscles to weaken or separate, leading to the appearance of vertical bands or a “turkey neck.” A neck lift can tighten and reposition these muscles to create a more toned and youthful neck.
  • Desire a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance: Many individuals choose to undergo a neck lift to enhance their overall facial harmony and regain a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

Procedure:

Neck lift is performed under general anesthesia. This ensures the patient is asleep and comfortable during the procedure. Dr. Landis will make incisions in discreet locations, such as behind the ears and under the chin.  These incisions allow for access to the underlying tissues and ensure minimal visible scarring. The underlying neck muscles (platysma muscle) and tissues are lifted and tightened to create a more youthful contour. This also involves removing excess fat deposits. The skin is then re-draped over the newly tightened neck muscles, reducing sagging, and creating a smoother appearance. Any excess skin is trimmed, and the incisions are closed using sutures.

In some cases, additional procedures may be performed simultaneously with a neck lift to enhance the overall results. These can include facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lift, or fat transfer to restore volume.

Recovery and Aftercare: 

Recovery from a neck lift varies from patient to patient, and Dr. Landis will discuss your specific instructions with you on how to care for your incisions, including keeping them clean and applying prescribed ointments and dressings. Swelling and bruising are common after a neck lift and may take several weeks to subside. Applying cold compresses and keeping your head elevated can help reduce swelling and promote healing. Pain medication will be prescribed to manage any post-operative discomfort. It is important to take the medication as directed and communicate any concerns to Dr. Landis. Any non-dissolvable sutures are removed within a week after surgery during a follow-up appointment with Dr. Landis. Most patients can resume normal activities, including work and light exercise, within two to three weeks after surgery. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for 3 weeks.

It is important to follow Dr. Landis’ post-operative instructions regarding incision care, medication, and activity restrictions. Protecting your skin from sun exposure and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help prolong the results of your neck lift. Regular skincare, including moisturizing and sun protection, is recommended. Many of our patients choose to have microneedling performed with the SkinPen® device. This further improves the appearance of scars. 

Potential Risks and Complications:

Like any surgical procedure, a neck lift carries potential risks and complications. These may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Poor wound healing
  • Nerve damage
  • Scarring
  • Hairline changes
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Numbness or changes in skin sensation

Dr. Landis will discuss these risks with you and address any concerns or questions you may have before deciding to undergo a neck lift.

Cost:

Neck lift cost includes the surgeon fee, facility fee, anesthesia fee, and any labs or imaging that may be required before or after surgery. The total cost for a neck lift ranges from $10,000 -$13,000 and varies if any additional surgery is required. Dr. Landis will formulate a plan specific for each patient and a detailed estimate will be provided. CareCredit is available to our patients, and we’d be happy to discuss this option with you!

Conclusion:

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that can effectively address sagging skin, excess fat, and muscle laxity in the neck area. It is essential to consult with a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Landis to determine if a neck lift is suitable for you and to discuss your goals, expectations, and potential risks. A personalized treatment plan will be created by Dr. Landis to achieve the desired results while ensuring the best possible outcome!