Plastic Surgery

Neck Lift

Tightens and lifts neck skin and muscles, reducing sagging and wrinkles for a more defined and youthful contour.

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Neck Lift

Age related wrinkling and creasing can be corrected with a neck lift to provide a slimmer and smoother profile.

Neck lift surgery is performed to correct signs of aging on the neck and jawline. As we age the skin and muscle on our necks tends to lose elasticity and begins to sag. A neck lift improves the sagging of the neck skin and removes excess fatty deposits in the neck and under the chin.

For complete facial rejuvenation, neck lift and face lift surgery are usually done together as the face and neck age together, however each can be done as a stand alone procedure, if the aging in one area is more advanced. Some patients may feel they are not ready for a face lift because they are still pleased with the upper appearance of their face, but they may notice more signs of ageing on their neck. In this case where the neck doesn’t match the upper face, a neck lift is a great solution.

Dr. AJ Amadi


Dr. AJ Amadi

Focusing on a natural and age-appropriate look, Dr. Amadi will deliver the finest personalized care, giving you the results you desire.

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Face & Neck

Using your own fat to add volume and rejuvenate your face

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Neck Lift FAQ

Who is a good candidate?


A good candidate for a neck lift is someone who is in good health, both mentally and physically. Invasive cosmetic surgery can have the benefit of improved self-esteem but it is crucial that the patient enters into the procedure with realistic goals and expectations, otherwise the results can have the opposite effect. 


Age is not necessarily a determining factor in candidacy, as everyone ages differently. More important than your age, are your genetics and your overall physical health. That said, most face lift patients are between the ages of 40 and 70.

How is a neck lift performed?


A neck lift is also done under general anesthesia or deep sedation. The operation should take around 2 to 3  hours depending on the neck anatomy and is most commonly done as an out-patient procedure. During a neck lift, an incision is made below your chin and sometimes behind the ears. The muscles of the neck are then lifted and tightened and excess skin and fat is removed.


Fat can be removed one of two ways, by liposuction or under direct visualization through incision under chin, depending on how much fat there is and where it is located (above or below the platysma muscle).

Neck lift recovery: What can I expect?


As with a face lift, you will leave your appointment with bandages at the incision sites, and usually one wrapped around your face and neck to minimize swelling and bruising. The bandage around your neck and face will most often be removed at your first follow-up appointment the day after surgery. 


You may also have a drain to help discharge excess fluid and blood, though for Dr. Amadi, this is not routine.


The most common discomfort reported when recovering from neck lift surgery is tightness in the neck. This sensation is temporary and will relax over the weeks following your procedure. You will likely experience some pain and discomfort for the first 24-48 hours for which your doctor may prescribe painkillers. This too will subside over the first week.


Initial recovery from a neck lift procedure usually requires two weeks of downtime after which you can return to normal activity. Full healing usually takes about three to four months. You will be able to see some results immediately, with the full result becoming visible after swelling has completely gone down, which may take several weeks.

Can face lifts and neck lifts be performed independently?


Aging of the neck and face are natural processes that happen to everyone at one point or another. While the aging of the two are often concurrent, some people notice or are bothered by one more than the other. For this reason, it is possible to have a face and neck lift done simultaneously for a complete face lift, or as standalone procedures. Because both procedures have extensive recovery times, it is often recommended to have both done at once, to minimize downtime.

How long do face and neck lifts last?


Both face lift and neck lifts last about 8 to 15 years. That is, they can “set the clock back” that long, however the clock will start ticking again right after the procedure and natural aging will continue. The duration of improvement, or “how fast the clock starts ticking” again, is a very individualized feature that is dependent on genetics and lifestyle choices.  It is important to remember that though these procedures will improve your appearance, aging is a natural process that cannot be halted entirely. Your face and neck will continue to age, but the clock will be reset as compared to if you did not have the procedure.