What Is a Neck Lift?

Neck lift

The neck is typically difficult to improve naturally because it tends to resist the rejuvenating effects of diet and exercise. A neck lift, known medically as a lower rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure that reduces wrinkles and sagging skin on the neck, which are often one of the first signs of aging. It can make patients look years younger, even when it isn’t obvious that they’ve had surgery. In addition to a general tightening and toning of aged skin, a neck lift can address specific issues such as a double chin by sculpting a new contour for the neck.


Cosmetic surgeons generally perform a neck lift by repositioning tissue under the skin and tightening muscles in the neck. In some cases, they may also redistribute some of the fat from the jowls. It may be necessary to trim away excess skin or reposition it over the new contours of the neck. In addition, some neck lifts include liposuction to remove fat under the skin. In all cases, the surgeon should conceal incisions by making them in the hairline and around the ear.

What Should I Expect From a Neck Lift?

A surgeon’s specific steps often depend on the patient’s age. For younger patients, a neck lift usually aims to smooth contours after weight loss or reduce the fullness in the neck that causes a double chin. With older patients, a neck lift typically tightens loose skin and muscles to create a younger, more defined appearance.

Combining a Neck Lift With Other Procedures

Surgeons often combine a neck lift with other cosmetic procedures, especially facelifts. This approach to facial rejuvenation can help ensure the best outcome for achieving a natural, youthful appearance. Combining these procedures is particularly beneficial for addressing loose jowls and sagging cheeks at the same time. A neck lift and chin augmentation is another common combination for refining the neckline.

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