About neck lift surgery

A neck lift corrects issues that can cause a great deal of frustration and embarrassment for many people. Whether you’ve lost weight and have excess skin on the neck or are simply looking to tighten it up, a neck lift has the ability to truly transform this area, achieving beautiful definition and giving you back your profile.

What Dr. Halaas’s neck lift can do

  • Improve the appearance of a double chin
  • Define the chin, neck, and jawline
  • Tighten sagging neck skin
  • Soften neck wrinkles

  • Sculpt the chin, neck, and jawline/jowls
  • Achieve a more contoured and youthful neck
  • Address signs of aging
  • Boost self-esteem and confidence 

Neck lift surgery details

A neck lift is often done alongside a facelift, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Those who only need to address aesthetic neck issues can have the procedure done on its own. It is performed under local anesthesia and light sedation, or with IV sedation, and is usually done using either a cervicoplasty (a removal of excess skin) or with a platysmaplasty, which alters or removes the neck muscles. With both options, the neck lift procedure takes roughly 2-3 hours.

Recovery and results

After the procedure, you will be wrapped with bandages to wear for a few days. There will be some bruising, swelling, and mild discomfort, and the majority of patients require about two weeks to recover. Final results from a neck lift will be visible in approximately four months, once the swelling and bruising have subsided completely. The scars should totally fade within a year. Neck lift results are very long-lasting.  

Before & After

Who is a neck lift for?

For some individuals, a neck lift has the ability to take years and weight off their appearance. Those who make excellent candidates for this surgery are those who:

  • Are unhappy with their double chin or “turkey wattle” 
  • Have neck skin that looks crepey or creased
  • Feel that their neck is making them look older/heavier than they are 
  • Are non-smokers in general good health
  • Have realistic expectations for what a neck lift can do

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