Neck Lift (Cervicoplasty)

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The neck is usually the first place to show signs of aging with wrinkles and sagging skin, possibly making you appear older than you actually are and often detracting from how you feel about yourself. Whether your neck is affected by age, genetics, the pull of gravity or sun damage, our doctors want to offer you a procedure, like a neck lift, to restore a more youthful appearance and help you discover your best self.

What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift is a procedure or set of procedures used to enhance the appearance of your neck through removing excess skin or removing/altering neck muscles.

  • Cervicoplasty is the procedure used to remove excess skin.
  • Platysmaplasty removes or alters neck muscles.

This procedure provides a solution to people searching to improve the appearance of the neck and under the jaw line and reduce the look of loose, sagging skin. Keep in mind that this procedure only involves the neck and will not rejuvenate the facial area. However, a neck lift can be performed in conjunction with other procedures including face lift and chin augmentation for full rejuvenation.

My Neck Lift

Because every person is different, your neck lift will be designed for your specific needs and desired results. If you have the “turkey wattle” or appearance of neck “bands,” this could be caused by weakened or loose neck muscles, and platysmaplasty surgery is recommended for you.

During platysmaplasty, the surgeon will make incisions under your chin and/or behind your ears to access the neck muscle (platysma) where the muscle will be rearranged and tightened. Sometimes, some of the muscle is removed and permanent sutures will be put in place to hold the tissue to improve the look of the neck and throat area.

If you have lost a significant amount of weight, or simply because of age, you may experience sagging skin on your face and neck, and your doctor may recommend the cervicoplasty. With a “skin only” neck lift, your surgeon will make two incisions under or behind the ear where the skin will be loosened and “redraped” before the removal of excess skin.


After your procedure, you may experience swelling and bruising, but this should improve within a few days. It is important to keep your head and neck still after the surgery and to sleep with your head elevated for one to two weeks. It is also important to avoid bending over or lifting heavy objects for the first few weeks.

It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions to heal properly and ensure the greatest results. It is crucial to take time for yourself and rest. Remember, you are doing this for you.

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