Neck Lift

Neck Lift

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What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that removes the excess skin and fat that hangs under the chin in the neck area. It creates a more defined and vibrant look. Various factors can make one’s neck look older, including smoking, stress, genetics, and natural aging. Aging causes the muscles to weaken and skin to lose its elasticity. Because of this, the skin is unable to stay tight, firm, and wrinkle-free. A neck lift can help you look more youthful as it creates a more defined jawline free from sagging skin.

Natural aging is inevitable, but it doesn’t mean you have to let it show. A lift is a great option for patients who want to freshen up their look. For those who experience any of the following, you may be the right candidate for surgery. A neck lift procedure can target several aesthetic and functional concerns, including:
  • Loose or excess skin in the neck area
  • Excess laxity in the platysma band neck muscles
  • Wobbly or droopy skin often referred to as a “turkey neck”

Combining a Neck Lift With Other Procedures

While a neck lift is done to directly impact the neck area, it will not address the jowl area as much as a face lift. Patients with multiple concerns in the lower face and neck area will typically see their best results in a full-face lift, which helps address skin laxity and volume concerns in both the neck and jowl areas.

In addition to reducing skin laxity through a neck or face lift, patients can see dramatic results in volume when combined with liposuction in the neck. During the procedure, the patient is injected with a local anesthetic that temporarily reduces the size of the blood veins which helps reduce bruising in the treatment area. Once numb, a small tube is then inserted into tiny incisions on both sides of the neck, allowing for the fat to be removed. After the incisions are closed, you’ll notice a smoother and more contoured appearance.

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What Happens During the Procedure?

Predominantly performed in conjunction with a face lift, in this procedure, Dr. Cole separates the skin of the neck from the underlying tissue so the platysma muscle is exposed. He then pulls back the edges of the muscle upward and secures them to the bone, just behind the ear with a short incision along the front of the ear.

What Is the Downtime for a Neck Surgery?

Depending on your specific procedure, your downtime will be different. If you are getting a traditional lift, you will need roughly two weeks to rest and recuperate. It will take around three weeks to get back to your regular daily routine. If you are getting only liposuction, you can get back to your daily routine within two to three days. Dr. Cole and his staff will provide you with the information specialized for your healing process.

How Long Will It Last?

Depending on the person, results will vary. The procedure can take years off of your appearance. However, it does not stop the aging process. Continuing to take good care of your skin after surgery helps ensure longer-lasting results. Cleansing and moisturizing, using SPF, avoiding direct sunlight, not smoking, and keeping stress levels down will all be important moving forward. Maintaining your weight is also a critical post-surgery step. This will stretch your skin and impact your results.


Begin by scheduling an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Cole. At the consultation, it’s essential to communicate your expectations. Dr. Cole will be able to give you his expert opinion and manage your expectations. At the consultation, you will have a physical examination, discuss your medical history, and any prior surgeries that you have had. You will also need to let your doctor know of any medications you are currently taking. Before surgery, you’ll need to follow the medication instructions given to you by Dr. Cole and his team. You may need to reduce or stop taking certain medications. You will be given specialized instructions to follow in preparation for the procedure.

Direct Excision with Z-Plasty or W-Plasty

This type of lift procedure is most often performed on men, but it can be done on some women if they are a good candidate for it. This procedure removes the sagging skin, muscle, and fat from the front of the neck. The incision is closed into a “Z” or “W” shape. This type of incision usually heals well and is hidden in the natural creases of your neck.

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Dr. Cole is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. He is an expert in today’s most advanced and state-of-the-art techniques in enhancement and rejuvenation. Dr. Cole began the Cole Aesthetic Center to help his patients embrace their aesthetic possibilities and become more confident in their everyday lives. Contact Dr. Cole at Cole Aesthetic Center for a consultation today!
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