What Is a Neck Lift? 


Age takes a toll on the skin and it shows. As you age, the skin loses its elasticity and fat, as the production of elastin and collagen begins to slow down. It also becomes visibly thinner and loses volume. You’ll start to see signs like fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Furthermore, sagging can occur in certain areas, like the face, arms, and neck. Those who have lost a lot of weight can also have sagging skin. 

Genetics can play a part in how your skin looks as you get older. However, other factors like hormonal changes and your lifestyle can affect your skin’s appearance as well. 

There are many ways to combat the signs of skin aging and reduce the appearance of sagging, ranging from supplements and topical solutions to non-invasive treatments. However, there’s one option that can give you a more dramatic and noticeable change, especially in cases with significant sagging—a neck lift surgery

We understand the word “surgery” or “procedure” can inspire apprehension in some. This article answers the question “What is a neck lift?” and discusses the benefits of having a neck lift procedure.


What Is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift refers to a set of procedures that’s designed to remove the loose skin or excess fat around the neck area that results in the appearance of a double chin or sagging jowls. Some procedures include tightening the skin on your neck by removing excess skin and fat in the area around your jawline. It may also involve the restructuring or rebalancing of the neck muscles. Other procedures may use lasers, fillers, ultrasound, and even Botox to add fullness and reduce the appearance of neck bands.

A neck lift surgery restores the contours of your neck and can take years off your look. This procedure can be done even without treating the entire face. With a neck lift, you can have a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. And while it has a long-lasting effect, keep in mind that it can’t stop the aging process ultimately.


Getting a Neck Lift 

Before getting a neck lift, you should know your goals and desired results. Consult with your doctor, and be open to talk about your concerns and expectations regarding the procedure. If you’re taking any medications or if you have any drug allergies, be sure to discuss this with your doctor.

Some procedures can take a long time for you to recover, ranging anywhere from two weeks up to a month. A typical neck lift procedure can be either of the two types below, depending on the results that you want.

  • Traditional neck lift

This procedure entails a larger area for the incision, often beginning at the hairline, going around the ear, and terminating in the posterior hair. It involves the repositioning of your neck tissues, the tightening of specific neck muscles, and the removal of excess skin. There may also be cases where liposuction is necessary.

  • Limited incision neck lift

Compared to its traditional counterpart, this procedure only involves getting incisions around the ear area. It also means shorter incisions. 

After the procedure, the incisions are closed using suture or skin adhesives. They usually take a few days before they fully heal. When they do, the scarring is barely noticeable, as the incisions are well-hidden either within your hairline or following the contours of your ear.

Recovery can take anywhere from 10 to 14 days to a month. During that time, your movement may be limited. Swelling and bruising can also occur. 

At Palmer Cosmetic Surgery, there’s no need for general anesthesia or drains when undergoing a neck lift surgery. It can be conducted using only local or sedation anesthesia. The procedure is achieved through well-hidden incisions that are practically invisible. You’ll experience little to no post-operative pain, and you can get back to your normal day-to-day activities in as little as 24 to 48 hours after surgery. 

The clinic’s well-trained staff will be there to assist you every step of the way, from helping you have a better understanding of the procedure to your post-operative care. 


Restoring Your Youthful Appearance

Saggy skin can cause emotional distress in some, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. There are numerous options that can help you restore your youth and beauty. 

A neck lift surgery can dramatically change your appearance by addressing problems in the neck area. This can include excess fat in the lower face, sagging skin that causes “turkey wattle,” and muscle banding. If you want to have a more youthful-looking appearance, you can combine this procedure with a facelift for a more comprehensive approach. 

Live your life to the fullest and feel comfortable in your own skin. Get in touch with the experts at Palmer Cosmetic Surgery, and start your life-changing journey today.