Patients desiring a tighter, smoother neck may consider neck lift surgery with one of our Atlanta plastic surgeons, Dr. Alexandra Hart and Dr. John Connors. This procedure is common among weight loss patients as it treats the hanging skin that can sometimes resemble a “turkey neck”. It also removes localized fat pockets and softens the appearance of wrinkles and lines. While skin removal and tightening is the primary technique used during a neck lift, some patients will also require liposuction. Our surgeons also incorporate neck liposuction in the vast majority of his neck lift procedures. Patients with extra full necks will require the removal of the subcutaneous fat layer as well as the tissue beneath the muscle.
- Recovery Time: 1-2 Weeks
- Post-op Follow-up: 2-4 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location: Outpatient
Neck Lift FAQs
Non-surgical Neck Lift?
Loose skin within the neck is a distinct flaw that can only be removed through surgery. Unfortunately, this is the only true way to redefine a person’s neck and add the necessary definition needed to improve the contour and profile.
A neck lift does require an incision under the chin and near the ears. However, these are placed inconspicuously (within the hairline on the ears and under the chin) so looking straight ahead you will not see them. We make every effort during surgery to minimize visible scarring as much as possible.
Individuals in their 20s and 30s may benefit from a neck lift, especially those who have experienced a massive weight loss or have a hereditary defect of the neck. Patients in their 50s, 60s, and 70s often undergo a neck lift to cosmetically treat the visible signs of aging.
Neck Or Chin?
Some patients will have issues with their neck, but these problems may actually be the result of a “weak chin.” Without the proper support of the chin bone, the neck isn’t able to have a defined contour. A chin implant (genioplasty or mentoplasty) may be recommended to reshape the chin and make it wider or more prominent. This can have a great impact on the neck for many patients. This surgery is considered a reconstructive procedure and requires the skill of an experienced surgeon. A neck lift may still be needed once the chin has been corrected.