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What is Neck Lift?

The neck lift is a surgical procedure performed to improve the appearance of the neck and under the jawline by reducing the loose sagging skin. A neck lift also called cervicoplasty or neck lift with platysmaplasty procedure is used to enhance the appearance of your neck. The procedure usually takes two to three hours, but the time may differ if other surgeries such as liposuction, facelift, brow lift are performed along with neck lift.

Procedure for Neck lift surgery

The procedure is performed under general or local anesthesia and a small incision is made under your chin in front and behind the ear to access the platysma (neck muscles) and tighten them as required. Some excess skin is also removed through the incisions near the ears. After the muscles are tightened, the skin is draped over the ear. The extra skin is then trimmed and the incisions are closed using sutures. A drain is placed on the neck to drain extra fluids to decrease the swelling and discomfort.

Following the surgery, you will have a compression bandage to help decrease the swelling. Most patients can resume normal activities after 10 to 14 days. Avoid participating in sports for at least 3 weeks.

Complications associated with a neck lift include infection, swelling, bruising, tightness or tingling, burning or pulling sensation and numbness of the skin.

  • Long Island Community Hospital
  • catholic health st charles hospital
  • Huntington Hospital
  • Plainview Hospital
  • Syosset Hospital
  • good samaritan hospital