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.