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Neck Lift

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Neck Lift services offered in Upper East Side, Upper East Side, New York, NY


Turkey neck, jowls, and vertical neck wrinkles are all ways in which aging affects the neck and jawline. With a neck lift by board-certified plastic surgeon Eric Cha, MD, FACS, and the team at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, you can tighten and contour the skin and muscles on your neck and jawline to reverse signs of aging. Schedule your plastic surgery consultation at the Park Avenue office in New York City today. You can also book online.

Neck Lift Q&A

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a cosmetic surgery to remove extra fat and skin from your neck, an area that decreasing skin elasticity commonly affects. The skin and fat on your neck and jawline actively work against gravity. As your skin gets looser with age, your profile can change as the skin and fat fall downward. 

A neck lift surgery takes around two hours to complete and is performed under general anesthesia. The team starts by making incisions around the ear and under the chin, making for discreet and easy-to-conceal scars once you heal. The team removes excess fat through the incisions, tightens the muscles, and repositions the tissues before placing sutures. 

You can get a neck lift by itself or as part of a more comprehensive treatment plan with a full face-lift or mini face-lift. 

What are the benefits of a neck lift?

As long as you’re generally healthy, don’t smoke, and have realistic expectations for how you’ll look after the recovery, a neck lift can accomplish many of your cosmetic goals. A few of its benefits and purposes are:

  • Removing vertical neck bands
  • Firming and smoothing the skin on your neck
  • Eliminating excess fat in the neck and jaw
  • Defining your jawline
  • Balancing your facial proportions
  • Lending a more youthful overall appearance

The surgery removes excess fat and skin while tightening and repairing damaged muscles around the jawline. The results are long-lasting, and you can maintain them by keeping up with a healthy lifestyle and using adequate sun protection when going outside. 

What is recovery like after a neck lift?

The team at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery fills you in on what to expect as you go through the recovery process after a neck lift, with or without a face-lift. You need to keep your head elevated for at least the first week, even while sleeping or resting. 

You’ll experience some swelling and bruising during the initial portion of the recovery, and you need to wear a supportive bandage around the neck and jaw to support the skin and tissues as you heal. The bandage also controls swelling and promotes faster recovery. 

It takes about three months for the swelling to subside after a neck lift. However, you can return to work as early as one or two weeks after surgery and resume exercise within four or six weeks. 

For more information on the neck lift surgical technique and its results, schedule a consultation over the phone or online at Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery today.