Neck lift

The signs of aging can be evident on our faces, but they often become especially noticeable on the neck. Loose skin, wrinkles, and a lax jawline can detract from a youthful appearance. A neck lift , also known as lower rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure designed to address these concerns and restore a smoother, more defined neck contour.


Neck lift


What Can a Neck Lift Achieve?

A neck lift can significantly enhance the appearance of the neck and lower face by:

  • Eliminating excess skin: This reduces sagging and creates a tighter, more youthful look.
  • Removing excess fat: Liposuction techniques can eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that contribute to a “turkey neck” appearance.
  • Tightening underlying muscles: The platysma muscle, in particular, is repositioned and tightened to provide better definition to the jawline.
  • Reducing wrinkles: The smoother foundation created by the procedure minimizes the appearance of wrinkles on the neck.

Are You a Candidate for a Neck Lift? Unveiling the Ideal Patient Profile

The desire to maintain a youthful appearance is a natural human aspiration. While many cosmetic procedures focus on the face, the neck can often betray our age. Loose skin, wrinkles, and a sagging jawline can detract from an overall youthful look. A neck lift, also known as lower rhytidectomy, addresses these concerns by sculpting and tightening the neck area for a more defined and rejuvenated appearance. But is a neck lift the right choice for you? Let’s explore the ideal candidate profile.

Signs You Might Be a Good Neck Lift Candidate:

  • Visible Signs of Aging: The most common telltale signs include:
    • Excess skin on the neck that creates a sagging appearance.
    • Deep wrinkles and creases on the neck.
    • Loss of definition in the jawline, creating a jowly look.
    • A prominent “turkey wattle” of fatty tissue beneath the chin.
  • Realistic Expectations: A neck lift aims to restore a more youthful look, not erase all signs of aging. Understanding the limitations and potential outcomes is crucial.
  • Good Overall Health: Being in good physical health with no underlying medical conditions that could impede healing is essential.
  • Healthy Lifestyle Habits: Non-smokers and those who maintain a healthy weight tend to be better candidates due to improved healing potential.
  • Positive Outlook: A positive attitude and a clear understanding of the procedure and recovery process are important for a successful outcome.

Factors to Consider Before Deciding

  • Age: While there’s no definitive age limit, neck lifts are typically suited for individuals in their 40s to 70s who have experienced significant visible signs of aging in the neck area.
  • Skin Quality: Elasticity is key. If your skin still retains good elasticity, a neck lift can achieve more dramatic and long-lasting results.
  • Underlying Muscle Laxity: Loose neck muscles contribute to sagging. A neck lift can address this by tightening the underlying platysma muscle for better definition.

What to Expect During a Neck Lift Procedure

Neck lift procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis in a surgical center or hospital. The specific techniques employed will vary depending on the desired outcome and the patient’s anatomy. Here’s a general overview of the process:

  • Consultation: A thorough consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is essential. During this discussion, you’ll share your goals, medical history, and any medications you’re taking. The surgeon will examine your neck and recommend the most suitable procedure.
  • Anesthesia: General anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation is used to ensure patient comfort throughout the surgery.
  • Incisions: Incisions are strategically placed to minimize scarring. They are often made around the earlobes and hairline, and sometimes a small incision is made under the chin.
  • Repositioning and Sculpting: Excess fat is removed or sculpted with liposuction. Underlying muscles are tightened, and the platysma muscle is addressed.
  • Skin Redraping: The remaining skin is carefully redraped over the newly sculpted contours, and any excess skin is trimmed away.
  • Closure: The incisions are meticulously closed with sutures.

Recovery After a Neck Lift

Following a neck lift, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Pain medication is prescribed to manage these side effects. Wearing a compression garment helps to reduce swelling and support the healing process. Most patients can return to work within a week or two, but strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks.

Considering a Neck Lift?

If you’re bothered by the visible signs of aging on your neck and desire a more youthful appearance, a neck lift may be a suitable option. Here are some key factors to consider:

  • Realistic expectations: A neck lift cannot stop the aging process, but it can create dramatic and long-lasting improvements. Discuss your desired outcome with your surgeon to ensure your expectations are realistic.
  • Finding the right surgeon: Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in performing neck lifts. Research the surgeon’s credentials and portfolio of before-and-after photos.
  • Overall health: You should be in good overall health to undergo a neck lift surgery.


A neck lift can be a transformative procedure, restoring a smoother, more defined neck and jawline. By consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon and understanding the procedure thoroughly, you can make an informed decision about whether a neck lift is right for you.

Dr. Amin Amali

Dr. Amin Amali is an otorhinolaryngologist and rhinoplasty and facial plastic surgeon. He graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and completed an advanced course at Stanford University in the United States.

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