The Neck Lift Procedure: Benefits and How It’s Done

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of an aging neck. As we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin, which leads to sagging and wrinkles. The skin on our neck is particularly susceptible to this type of damage, as it is thinner and less supported than the skin on our face. As a result, many people experience a loss of definition in their jawline and neck as they get older.

Several procedures can be performed by a plastic surgeon to tighten loose skin, one of which includes a neck lift procedure.

What Is a Neck Lift Procedure?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that can tighten the skin in the neck and jawline, resulting in a more youthful appearance. The skin in these areas can become loose and saggy due to aging, sun damage, or weight loss. A neck lift can involve different techniques, including liposuction, incisions, and skin tightening.

The type of neck lift that is right for you will depend on your specific goals and concerns. Your surgeon will assess your individual needs during your consultation and recommend the best treatment plan. A neck lift can help restore a more youthful appearance and boost confidence. A full neck lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia and can take several hours but is very safe.

Short Scar Necklift Preop
Short Scar Necklift Preop
Short Scar Necklift Postop
Short Scar Necklift Postop

What Are the Benefits of a Neck Lift Procedure?

There are many benefits to having a neck lift, which include the following:

  • A more youthful appearance
  • Tightened skin in the neck and jawline
  • Reduced wrinkles and lines in the neck area
  • Improved self-confidence

As we age, it's not uncommon for our skin to start to sag, especially around the neck area. This can be due to a number of factors, including gravity, sun damage, and the loss of collagen and elastin. A neck lift is a cosmetic procedure that can help to tighten the skin around the neck and restore a more youthful appearance.

There's no shame in seeking out a plastic surgeon to help you achieve your desired look. A neck lift can be an excellent way to turn back the clock and help you feel more confident in your appearance.  No amount of filler or botox can achieve the same result as a neck lift does. 

There are many reasons why people choose to undergo neck lift surgery. For some, it is a way to address visible signs of aging, such as loose skin or wrinkles. For others, it may be a way to address issues that have always been present, such as a large amount of fat in the neck area.

Plastic surgery has come a long way in recent years, and it is now possible to achieve natural-looking results with minimal risk and downtime. For many people, undergoing surgery to improve their appearance can be a life-changing experience. It can boost self-confidence, help them feel more comfortable in their own skin, and allow them to pursue their dreams with renewed vigor. Improving your appearance with surgery can be a life-changing experience, and there is no shame in wanting to feel confident about the way you look.

When performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr. Bastidas, plastic surgery can be an incredibly effective way to improve both your appearance and your self-confidence.

He will be able to assess your individual goals and concerns and help you determine if neck lift surgery is right for you. Whatever the motivation, there is no doubt that improving one's appearance can positively affect self-confidence.

A neck lift is a relatively simple procedure that can make a big difference in the way someone looks and feels. The effects of the surgery are typically long-lasting, which means that patients can enjoy their new appearance for many years to come.

People considering a neck lift often wonder if they should opt for a traditional neck lift or a short scar neck lift. Both procedures can provide excellent results, but some important factors must be considered before making a decision. A traditional neck lift involves making an incision along the hairline, extending around the earlobe. This allows the surgeon to tighten the skin from the sides and underlying muscles, creating a more youthful appearance. However, it also results in a more extended recovery period since there is a larger area involved.  Recovery is typically 5-7 days.  Scarring is hidden in the hairline and behind the ears.  A short scar neck lift involves making a smaller incision in front of the ear. Younger patients with just full necks are a good candidate for this procedure.  While this limits the amount of skin that can be removed, it also results in less dissection, incision length and a shorter recovery period.

What Is a Short Scar Neck Lift

A short scar neck lift is a procedure that improves neck aesthetics. It is performed through a submental incision only (incision under the chin). This surgery is best suited for patients with isolated poor neck contours who are explicitly bothered by fullness under the chin. This procedure has many benefits, including a shorter recovery time, minimal scarring, and natural-looking results.  As stated above, this approach is mostly used for younger patients who strictly desire contouring. 

Shorter Recovery Time

A short scar neck lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can produce dramatic results with minimal downtime. Unlike a traditional neck lift, which involves making an incision around the perimeter of the neck, a short scar neck lift only requires a small incision under the chin. This technique can be used to improve the appearance of the neck by reducing excess skin and fat, as well as tightening the underlying muscles.

Additionally, a short scar neck lift can help to improve the appearance of horizontal wrinkles on the neck. A short scar neck lift is typically performed under local anesthesia in the office setting, and patients can expect to experience minimal pain and swelling. Most patients are able to return to work and their normal activities within one week. However, it is important to avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks following surgery.

Minimal Scarring

One of the main benefits of a short scar neck lift is minimal scarring. Because the incisions are made in hidden areas, the scars will be hidden and virtually undetectable. Additionally, the scars will continue to fade over time until they are barely visible. Another benefit of a short scar neck lift is that it can be performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as a facelift or brow lift. This can help provide comprehensive rejuvenation of the face and neck without the need for multiple surgeries.

Natural-Looking Results

A short scar neck lift can also provide natural-looking results. This type of surgery can help improve your appearance by correcting mildly loose skin or excess fat in the area. When done correctly, a short scar neck lift can give you a more youthful appearance without looking like you've had surgery.

If you're considering a neck lift, a short scar neck lift may be your best option. This type of surgery has many benefits, including a shorter recovery time, minimal scarring, and natural-looking results. If you're unhappy with your appearance due to fullness in the area and lack of contour, a short scar neck lift can help improve your appearance and give you a youthful look you desire.

Deep Plane Neck Lift

The short scar and traditional different neck lift procedures can both achieve similar results, but in order to achieve the best contours the deep plane (under the platysma muscle) must be addressed. A deep plane neck lift allows the surgeon to access the deeper tissue layers of the neck, which leads to a more comprehensive result. The trade-off is that a deep plane neck lift also comes with a slightly longer recovery time. However, any side effects should subside over time.

A deep plane neck lift is a type of cosmetic surgery that can help to improve the appearance of the neck and face by addressing the deeper anatomical structures. The procedure involves the excision of the subplatysmal fat, submandibular glands, and digastric muscles and also resuspends the platysma to provide a more youthful appearance for a more defined jawline.

 Ultimately, the best option for you will depend on your individual goals and your discussion with a plastic surgeon.

Recovery from a neck lift, short scar neck, or deep plane neck lift is usually very quick, with most patients only requiring a few days of downtime before resuming their everyday activities. If you are considering undergoing a neck lift procedure, schedule a consultation with our office to see if you are a good candidate for any of these neck lift procedures.