The Neck Lift gave this patient a better definition of the neck and a younger looking appearance.

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What is a Neck Lift?

The Neck Lift is a surgical procedure designed to give better definition to the neck line. The procedure can diminish unsightly 'banding' in the neck, as well as tighten loose skin at the jawline (jowls). There are two types of Neck Lifts and each one serves different functions for the patient.

How can I get rid of my turkey neck?

a Maryland patient

  • Platysmaplasty, or Neck tuck: This procedure exclusively addresses the bands in the neck, under the chin. These bands can hang and make the neck look unsightly and 'out of shape.' The muscles of the platysma are tightened to reduce the 'banding.' This procedure does not focus on tightening the loose jowls at the jawline.
  • Lower Facelift or Lower Rhytidectomy: This procedure solves the same problems that the Platysmaplasty addresses (neck bands), as well as tightening the loose skin at the jawline or jowls.

What problems does a Neck Lift address?

Platysmaplasty (Neck tuck)

banding or cording on the neck of a patient prior to surgeryPatients who only need a Platysmaplasty have these complaints:

  • 'banding' or 'cording' on the neck
  • double chin (excess fat under the chin and neck)

Lower Facelift (Lower Rhytidectomy)

before and after lower facelift patient photoPatients who need the more extensive Lower Facelift (Lower Rhytidectomy) procedure have these issues and concerns:

  • wrinkling on the neck
  • loose neck skin (turkey neck)
  • loose jowls due to aging or massive weight loss
  • undefined jawline
  • 'banding' or 'cording' on the neck
  • double chin (excess fat under the chin and neck)

Other neck procedures

A younger patient with good skin tone who has some fatty tissue under the chin and on the neck might be better served with only liposuction.

A patient who has a small chin in addition to some fatty tissue or hanging skin will often appear like he/she 'has no chin.' A neck lift in combination with a chin implant will dramatically improve not only the neckline, but also the overall appearance of the face.

How is a Neck Lift performed?

Both types of Neck Lift procedures are performed under IV anesthesia in our AAAASF Accredited surgery center here in Baltimore, Maryland. Here is a summary of the surgical technique involved in each type:

Platysmaplasty (Neck tuck)

The goal of the procedure is to tighten the platysma muscle. To do this, a small incision is made under the chin. The muscle is tightened, excess skin is removed, and the area under the chin is sutured. The only scar that the patient will have is a small horizontal scar under the chin. The length of the procedure is approximately 2-2.5 hours.

Lower Facelift (Lower Rhytidectomy)

This procedure combines all of the elements of the Plastymaplasty to tighten the bands of the neck, and additionally addresses the loose skin at the jowl line. Therefore, incisions are made 1) under the chin and 2) in front of the ears. The incisions in front of the ears allow the surgeon to dissect, lift, and remove the excess skin. Since the incisions are in front of the ears, Plastic Surgeons commonly refer to it as a Lower Facelift. The length of the procedure is approximately 5 hours.

What are the Pre-Operative requirements?

We require all Neck Lift patients to get a medical clearance two weeks prior to surgery. An H&P (history and physical) and a CBC blood test are the minimum requirements if you are a healthy adult. You should stop smoking 4 weeks prior to surgery, as well as stop aspirin products 2 weeks before surgery.

Prior to your surgery, you will have a 'pre-op' consult appointment with Dr. Rodriguez. This appointment is typically 1 week before surgery, but out of town patients may have the consult in the afternoon the day before surgery. On the evening before surgery, you may not eat or drink anything after midnight.

You will arrive at the Surgery Center 45 minutes prior to the surgery. Dr. Rodriguez will review the surgical markings and incision locations with you in front of the mirror. You will also talk to the Board Certified Anesthesiologist who will be administering your procedure.

What is Neck Lift Post-Op recovery like?

Prior to leaving the Surgery Center a surgical garment or headband will be placed around your neck. It is important that you leave the garment in place without touching it for the first 24 hours, as the garment helps to maintain good contour of the neckline.

For both types of Neck Lifts you'll be asked to sleep with your head elevated (above your heart) to aid in the healing process and diminish swelling. While there will be some swelling and bruising, you should NOT apply ice to your neck area since it can hinder blood flow. Drains are sometimes used with the Platysmaplasty (Neck tuck), and almost always used with the Lower Rhytidectomy (Lower Facelift).

In summary, the Neck Lift post op instructions are as follows:

  • Sleep with head elevated for first week post operatively
  • Drain removal in office on day 2
  • Wear neck garment for 1 week
  • Return to work: Platysmaplasty at 1 week , Lower Facelift at 2 weeks
  • Exercise: Moderate low level exercise at 2 weeks, All activities 4-6 weeks
  • Majority of bruising will be gone at 1 month

What are the risks and possible complications?

As with any medical procedure a neck lift poses certain risks and complications including, but not limited to:

  • risks associated with anesthesia
  • bleeding
  • hematoma
  • infection
  • swelling
  • unfavorable scarring
  • possible revision surgery to fine tune results

How much does a Neck Lift cost?

Neck Lift procedure cost depends on the type of Neck Lift performed. Total costs include the surgeon's fee (Board Certified Plastic Surgeon), Operating Room fee (AAAASF accredited surgery center), Anesthesiologist fee (Board Certified), Recovery Room and Post Op garment. The total estimated costs for the 2 common types of Neck Lifts performed under IV anesthesia are as follows:

Type of Neck Lift 2017 price (est.)
Platysmaplasty (Neck tuck): tighten neck bands only
$4,700
Lower FaceLift (Lower Rhytidectomy): tighten neck bands and jawline/jowls
$9,600

During your initial evaluation and consultation you will be given an exact quote that will be customized to your particular needs. But the above prices do provide a excellent guideline for the two types of Neck Lifts.

Can I finance my Neck Lift?

Yes, we work with a number of finance companies so that you can have a low, affordable, monthly payment. Please call the office at 410-494-8100 or see our financing section for more information.

Before and After Neck Lift Gallery*

See our gallery of Before and After Neck Lift photos, to see the kinds of results you might expect from a neck lift. Please not that all of these patients underwent surgery here in our Baltimore surgery center and all of them have given their written consent for us to use their photos on our website. We are very grateful to our patients for participating in patient education!

Having Your Neck Lift in Baltimore, Maryland

Contact UsMy office and surgery center is located just 30 miles from BWI airport and we are only 20 minutes from the downtown Amtrak train station.

Give us a call at +1-410-494-8100 or Contact Us online to set up an in-person visit in our office or participate in a virtual consultation. We're happy to answer any questions you may have about neck lifts and look forward to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals.

doctor's signatureUpdated April 5, 2017
Ricardo L Rodriguez M.D.
Board Certified Plastic Surgery

*Note: Patients depicted in photos and videos have provided written consent to display their photos online. Every patient is unique, and surgical results may vary. Please contact us if you have any questions.