What is a Neck Lift?

Are you bothered by loose neck skin, excess fatty pockets under the chin, jowls, or neck banding? These signs of aging can occur due to many factors such as gravity, heredity, stress, and environmental factors.  A neck lift is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck for a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

A facelift can be used to improve the following:

  • Sagging neck skin
  • Jowls
  • Vertical neck bands
  • Neck wrinkles


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Who is a Candidate?

Patients who feel that their neck area does not match their upper facial appearance and would like to rejuvenate the look of their neck can often benefit from a neck lift. Individuals who are overall healthy, nonsmokers with a positive outlook on their procedure are ideal candidates. To learn more about this procedure and if it is right for you and your anti-aging goals, schedule a consultation appointment at our office today.

The Neck Lift Procedure

This procedure can be performed using a traditional neck lift incision or a limited incision technique.

Traditional Neck Lift

An incision will begin in the hairline near the sideburn and continue down and around the ear. Through this incision, Dr. Willis will redistribute or sculpt fat from the jowls and neck, tighten muscles, and eliminate extra skin.

Limited Incision Neck Lift

This technique involves shorter incisions that are only created around the ear. While there will be less scarring, results will be more limited.


Following your neck lift, bandages may be placed around your face and neck to minimize swelling. A thin tube may also be placed temporarily to collect any excess fluid. During recovery, you should keep your head elevated to minimize swelling and avoid twisting or bending your neck. It is important that you do not apply ice to your neck, as this can hinder blood flow and result in poor results. We will provide you with aftercare instructions to ensure you receive the best results.

Visible improvements will begin to be noticeable once bruising and swelling subside. Patients will find that their final neck lift results restore a more youthful appearance that can also lead to a boost in confidence.

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At Charlottesville Plastic Surgery in Charlottesville, VA, we are dedicated to providing each of our patients with professional and individualized care. If you would like to learn more about the neck lift procedure and if it is right for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Willis.


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How do I prepare for a neck lift?

To prepare for a neck lift, you should consult with your plastic surgeon in regards if there are any medications that you should stop prior to surgery. Additionally, they may require you get clearance for surgery from your primary care provider. If you use tobacco products, you should stop these at least 4 weeks prior to surgery.

How do I tighten my jawline?

A necklift will tighten the jawline.

How long does it take to recover from a neck lift?

Most of your recovery from a neck lift will be cosmetic ie. bruising, swelling, etc.. From a physical standpoint, you should not be too inhibited. You should keep your head propped while sleeping and refrain from strenuous activity.

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that tightens and removes excess skin of the neck and jawline.

What is a non surgical neck lift?

A non surgical neck lift can range from skin resurfacing procedures, PDO threading, and botox or fillers.

What is a liquid facelift?

A liquid facelift involves injecting various fillers into the face to restore volume and to recruit any excess skin which will give it an overall fuller and tighter appearance.

What is the best treatment for saggy neck?

The best, and most definitive treatment, for a saggy neck would be a neck lift. Significant excess skin can only be treated with excision, which should be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon.

Whats involved in a neck lift?

A neck lift involves elevating the skin off the underling neck muscles, tightening the neck muscles to provide a internal corset and then pulling the skin tighter and excising the excess.

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