Aging can be a pain in the neck—literally. The effects of gravity, loss of skin elasticity, and the development of localized fat deposits can all contribute to sagging skin and loss of definition of the neck and jawline.

For women wanting to restore a slimmer, more youthful appearance to the neck and under the chin, our board certified plastic surgeons often recommend neck lift surgery.

Who is a Candidate for Neck Lift Surgery?

Neck lift surgery may be a good option for you if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have localized deposits of fat under the chin or along the jawline
  • You have sagging, with skin folds along the front of the neck
  • You want to improve the appearance of platysma bands (vertical neck bands)
  • You are a non-smoker in general good health

The neck lift procedure is intended to produce a more youthful appearing neck with a better contour.

About Neck Lift Surgery

Neck lift is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia. The procedure may require an incision under the chin, behind the ears, or both. Fat is suctioned or excised, muscles may be tightened, and skin may be removed, all depending on individual findings.

The patient goes home with the chin and neck wrapped in dressings or in an elastic neck sling. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Swelling and bruising disappear over approximately 2 weeks. The final result of a neck lift is evident in 1 to 3 months.

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Payment for Plastic Surgery

The neck lift procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. Our patient counselors can help you with your financial arrangements, including financing.


The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.

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