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Neck Lift

A loose neck with a poorly defined jawline can reveal a lot about our age as well as our overall health and fitness level. Neck laxity along with the associated bulging in the area under the chin and jowl areas can result from heredity, weight loss, or simply the aging process. A neck lift can address these issues. By smoothing your jawline and eliminating those fatty bulges you can say good-bye to those turtlenecks as your more youthful, defined neck enhances your appearance as well as your self-confidence.

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure designed to tighten the neck and smooth the jawline with elimination of the jowl. The names cervicoplasty and platysmaplasty are associated with neck lifting and the procedure often involves tightening both the platysma muscle and skin along with fat sculpting. Dr. O’Connell believes that the neck and face should appear as one harmonious aesthetic unit and while neck lifts can be performed alone, they are often combined with facelifts and liposuction.

Am I a candidate for a neck lift?

The best aesthetic candidates for neck lifting have laxity of the soft tissues of the neck and are willing to accept the scarring that accompanies neck lift surgery.
In addition patients considering a neck surgery should be:

  • In good physical and mental health.
  • Accepting of the associated risks as well as the inevitable scarring and asymmetry that accompany the procedure.
  • Have realistic expectations about what a neck lift can and cannot accomplish.
  • Understand that temporary or permanent hair camouflage is an important part of the recovery process.

Neck Lift FAQs

  • Is liposuction used with neck lifts?

    While liposuction is utilized during many neck lifts, for younger patients with minimal laxity liposuction may be all that is needed to eliminate the bulge below the chin (the so-called submental lipoma) and contour the jawline. In our practice, neck contouring with liposuction is usually performed with local anesthesia.

  • Can fillers be used with neck lifts?

    With meticulous placement, Dr. O’Connell utilizes injectable filler to enhance the contour of the jawline, especially in the area in front of the jowl. This office-based procedure provides a stronger, more youthful and defined jawline.

  • Can BOTOX® be used to improve the neck?

    BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used to temporarily decrease the appearance of the bands (“platysma bands”) that run vertically from under the chin. No anesthesia is required for this in-office procedure.

  • Are there neck lift risks?

    All surgery carries uncertainty and risk and a discussion of the alternatives and potential complications is an important part of your preoperative consultations(s) with Dr. O’Connell.

  • Can Kybella® or Coolsculpting® be combined with a neck lift?

    Kybella® and Coolsculpting® are both excellent techniques to contour submental fat, also known as a “double chin”. While these techniques would not be performed concurrently with a neck lift, they can be performed independently or prior to, or following a neck lift, to enhance the result.