Neck Lift

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck.

Neck lift surgery may successfully treat these conditions:

  • Excessive fat and skin relaxation of the lower cheeks that create jowls
  • Unwanted fatty deposits under the chin
  • Loose, hanging neck skin
  • Muscle banding in the neck, creating abnormal contours

The loss of youthful shape in the face and neck can be due to a variety of factors, including heredity, gravity, environmental conditions and stress.

Some people feel they are not ready for a full face lift, because the upper face still looks youthful. However, many clients notice excess wrinkling of the neck skin, a double chin or “turkey wattle” and jowl lines. When the neck area doesn’t match the upper facial appearance, a neck lift may be a reasonable option.

Other procedures that may be performed in combination with a neck lift:

  • A brow lift to correct sagging or deeply furrowed brows
  • Fat transfers to add fullness to the lips and cheeks, as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Eyelid surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes
  • Chin augmentation
  • Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as a “nose job” or “nose reshaping”

What does neck lift surgery not do?

As a restorative surgery, a neck lift does not change an individual’s fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process.

A neck lift can only be performed surgically; nonsurgical rejuvenation treatments do not achieve the same results, but may help delay the time when a neck lift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery.