A lower rhytidectomy or neck lift is a procedure that rejuvenates and enhances the neck, creating a smoother, more youthful contour from the face to the chest. This procedure is primarily used to reduce signs of aging, including a double chin, turkey neck and horizontal banding known as platysmal bands. It is frequently performed with a facelift to provide a dramatically refreshed appearance.

Both men and women who have noticed signs of aging appearing in the neck area might be good candidates for a neck lift. These changes are often due to loss of an underlying dermal structure, which leads to skin laxity and the formation of wrinkles. This surgical procedure reverses those changes, tightening up the muscle while removing loose skin and recontouring the jawline.

What neck lift surgery can treat

  • Excess fat and skin relaxation in the lower face that creates jowls
  • Excess fatty deposits under the chin
  • Loose neck skin
  • Muscle banding in the neck, which created abnormal contours

It might take several weeks to months for swelling and bruising to fully disappear and up to six months for your incision lines to fade. In the meantime, be careful to protect your skin from the sun, don’t wear clothing you need to pull over your head and be gentle with your surgical incisions.