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What is Involved in a Neck Lift?

Woman after a neck lift A neck lift can lift and smooth the contours of the neck, giving it a more youthful, well-contoured appearance.

In this blog, top facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Cecil Yeung will explain what is involved in a neck lift.

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that repositions the neck’s underlying muscles and soft tissues, creating a more youthful-looking and flattering form.

Who is a neck lift recommended for?

Your face may not be showing signs of aging, but from the chin down, you may have one or more of the following:

  • drooping skin
  • loose jowls
  • a double chin
  • crepe-like skin
  • “turkey neck” or "turkey wattle"

Typically a neck lift is recommended when your neck area doesn't match your upper facial appearance. You might consider a neck lift if you’re going to have another facial rejuvenation surgical procedure. Many people have a neck lift simultaneously with a facelift, brow lift, eyelid surgery or fat transfer to totally rejuvenate their looks.

What is involved in a neck lift?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure, so it’s important to choose an experienced board certified cosmetic surgeon, like Dr. Cecil Yeung, who has specialized training. For best results, choose a cosmetic surgeon who is affiliated with a major medical center, such as Yeung Institute, that maintains numerous hospital affiliations in the Houston area.

The first step is anesthesia where medications are given to keep you comfortable throughout the surgery. You and your doctor will decide ahead of time between intravenous sedation and general anesthesia.

A comprehensive approach to correcting neck issues uses a technique that addresses the underlying tissues, muscles and fat, as well as the skin.

The neck lift incision starts in the front or behind the ear, continues around the ear, and stops within the hair at the back of the head. Through this incision, the surgeon repositions the tissues and tightens muscles in the neck.

The skin is redraped over the lifted and tightened neck, and any excess skin is trimmed. If needed, light liposuction is used to remove any excess fat in a "turkey wattle" or the fat pad under the chin.

Sutures are used to close the incisions. Self-dissolving sutures may be used, or they may have to be removed after a few days.

Once you’ve healed from the surgery, the areas where the incision lines were made are typically hidden within the hairline and inside the natural lines of your ear.

You'll see visible improvements from your neck lift as swelling and bruising subside. Your neck, jaw and ears may experience bruising and swelling for up to 10 days. Painkillers will be prescribed to reduce pain. Most neck lift clients see dramatic differences in their appearances in just several weeks.

What can I expect from a neck lift?

Neck lifts can make you look significantly younger and help you feel more confident about yourself, while enhancing the shape and contour of your neckline and jaw.

Why Choose Dr. Yeung?

Dr. Cecil Yeung is a double board certified cosmetic and facial plastic surgeon in Houston, with more than 20 years experience devoted to delivering the most natural looking results for his clients.

To learn more about neck lift Houston surgery, contact the Yeung Institute or call 713-795-4885. You can also get started by filling out the appointment request form right on this page.

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