The neck area is one of the first parts of the body where wrinkles appear. The smooth skin surface from chin to neck gradually loses firmness with age. Extreme weight loss can also lead to sagging skin of the neck. In some cases, the neck develops deep wrinkles and excess skin, which is sometimes referred to as “turkey neck”. As we grow older, a layer of fat may also accumulate around the top of the neck, just below the chin. This is known as a double chin. A diet and losing weight may not be enough to reduce it.

A neck lift can restore the natural contour of the neck. A combined face and neck lift is often recommended.
In the case of the double chin, excess fat in the neck is removed using liposuction through a small incision. Surgical tightening may also be necessary to remove excess skin.

What happens during neck lift surgery?

The incisions location is made based on the initial consultation assessment, either in the chin area or behind the ear. The neck lift is often carried out in combination with a facelift. But it can also be done as a stand-alone procedure.

Neck lift as a stand-alone procedure

Through an incision underneath the chin. The skin, superficial muscles (platysma) are tightened and the underlying fat is removed. The skin is then closed with fine stitches.

Combined neck and Facelift

With a combined neck and face lift an incision is made at the hairline, which runs down in front of the ear (lateral skin tightening), continues behind the ear and ends in the lower scalp. The skin of the neck is lifted so that the underlying tissues can be repositioned into their natural position.

After your neck lift surgery, you should refrain from strenuous physical activity and avoid heat and sun exposure. After about two to three weeks, you will be able to resume normal social activities.