A woman tilting her chin up with white lines to indicate changes from a neck lift surgery

What to Expect from a Neck Lift

As we age, gravity, exposure to sunlight, and daily stresses can cause deep creases, folds, and fat deposits to form on our neck. Loose, hanging skin that has lost its elasticity can cause the jaw line to grow slack. If you have noticed that your neck has become shapeless and sagging, developed jowls or a double chin, or has deep lines and wrinkles, a neck lift by Dr. Hess and Dr. Sandeen can help.

Deciding to have cosmetic surgery is a highly personal decision and you should only commit to a neck lift procedure if it is right for you and your goals. If you desire a smoother, firmer, contoured neck and a more youthful appearance, then a neck lift might be an excellent option. Patients who decide to have this cosmetic procedure should be in good physical health, should not smoke, and should have realistic expectations for their neck lift results.

What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, will not stop the aging process. However, it will improve many visible signs of aging. With a neck lift, our plastic surgeons will remove fat and tighten skin to reduce wrinkles and sagging. This creates a smooth profile. We may also tighten the neck muscles if they have become lax.

The Surgical Procedure

Most incisions begin in front of the earlobe and loop under and behind the ear, ending in the scalp towards the back of the neck. If the muscles of the neck need to be tightened, there may be an additional small incision under the chin. Other types of procedures may include an incision only inside the hairline at the back of the neck, or behind the earlobe. The type of incision you will need depends on the degree of lifting necessary.

After making the incision, the plastic surgeon will remove excess skin. They will reposition and secure tissue and any remaining skin in a new, higher position. The surgeon will then close the incisions with sutures and place any drains if they are necessary. Neck lifts are most commonly performed on an outpatient basis with patients able to return home the same day.

After this plastic surgery, there will be some swelling and bruising. Recovery time can vary from patient to patient. However, the majority of neck lift recipients can return to work after 5-10 days as long as no physical labor is involved. It is important to avoid lifting heavy objects, bending over, and strenuous physical activity for the first few weeks after surgery.

Neck lifts are frequently done in conjunction with other surgeries to enhance results and to improve your overall look. These may include a facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery. Additionally, the use of non-surgical procedures like Dysport can improve the overall look and feel of your skin.

How Long Does a Neck Lift Last?

While a neck lift is not a permanent solution to aging, the results will typically last 10-15 years. The best way to care for your lift includes living an active lifestyle and taking good care of your skin. Avoiding sun exposure plays a critical role in caring for your face and neck. This is because the sun can cause irregularities to develop, including the folds and deep wrinkles neck lift surgery repairs. It is crucial to apply sunscreen if you are outside and to minimize sun exposure by wearing protective clothing and brimmed hats.

Choose Hess and Sandeen for Your Neck Lift

Dr. Hess and Dr. Sandeen are experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons in Tucson. They will work closely with you to create a plan that can help you look your best. Our caring doctors and well-trained staff are sure to exceed your expectations.

If you have any questions about our neck lift procedure, call us today.