Neck Lift

Neck Lift New York CityA neck lift can firm and tighten the skin below your chin that has begun to sag. As we age, our skin loses elasticity, its ability to fight gravitational effects, or snap back into place after weight fluctuations. For younger patients with more elasticity in their skin, neck liposuction alone will probably solve the problem of excess fat under the chin or a double chin. With patients whose skin doesn’t have the elasticity, a neck lift can be performed to gently pull this skin below the chin back into place, restoring a more youthful and contoured neck and jawline.

Depending on the extent of surgery needed, your neck lift will be performed with one of three incision types: submental, short-scar, or full-scar. A submental (under the chin) neck lift involves a small incision in the submental crease. Excess fat is then suctioned out and any excess muscle is removed.

The ideal candidate for a short-scar neck lift is someone who has fatty deposits under the chin but not excess skin. One incision is made below the hairline (at the sideburn) and another follows below the earlobe to the neck. The skin is then pulled taut and the incisions are closed.

A full-scar face and neck lift is best for patients who have the most sag in their skin due to age. The incision starts at the sideburn, follows down and around the earlobe to the hairline on the back of your neck. Excess skin and muscle is removed, the skin is pulled to shape the contour of the jawline, and the incisions are closed with sutures.

Though not as extensive as a full facelift, neck lift is still surgery and requires dedicated recovery time. You will need to plan to take at least one week off work, as you will be sore and have difficulty speaking. The doctors of Premier Plastic Surgery Group of Utah discuss your options with you so you can decide your best course of action based on your physical evaluation and aesthetic goals.