Neck Lift & Neck Tightening Conveniently located to serve New Jersey and Howell

As we get older, the neck becomes more prone to developing loose, saggy skin. Over the course of time, this skin will begin to stretch out, giving us a droopy appearance along with deep folds and jowls. These changes can take away your youthful facial profile and leave you looking much older than you feel. However, men and women dealing with these issues can undergo a neck lift to redefine their facial profiles and reclaim their youthful good looks.

What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that is designed to help get rid of the excess skin and fatty deposits that accumulate around the neck as you get older. Oftentimes, a neck lift is performed along with a facelift, but can also be performed as a stand-alone surgery with impressive results in properly selected patients.

Good Candidates for a Neck Lift

A neck lift is the ideal solution for men and women who desire a more youthful appearance after dealing with loose skin and stubborn fat that commonly resides in the neck and the general lower region of the face. Those dealing with saggy neck skin, fatty deposits, and vertical neck bands can benefit from a neck lift.

If you’re considering the surgery, it is important that Dr. Z meets with you during a consultation to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Ideally, patients should be in good physical health and have realistic expectations before undergoing neck lift surgery. Dr. Z will ask about your medical history and discuss your cosmetic goals to determine if you are a good candidate for the neck lift procedure.

The Neck Lift Procedure

Neck Lift is a surgery that involves making an incision just underneath the chin, removing excess fat, and tightening the underlying muscle (platysma) in order to improve the appearance of the neck.

Dr. Zhuravsky will begin the surgical process by administering the chosen anesthetic to the treatment area. After the anesthetic has taken effect, Dr. Z will carefully make the incision to gain access to the underlying tissue. The extent of the procedure will depend on the individual patient. This may require just a small incision under the chin, or in cases of more significant laxity it may also require incisions around and behind the ears, similar to those of a lower facelift

Another option is to remove the skin directly from the middle of the neck. This is called a Direct neck lift and is only for very specific patients.

Through the incision, Dr. Z will make the desired corrections to the neck by removing the stubborn fat (including deep fat from underneath the platysma muscle) , tighten the platysma muscle, and excise the excess skin. After the necessary tissues are removed, the remaining skin will be closed around the newly formed contours of the neck.

The amount of time it takes to perform the procedure varies from patient to patient and depends on the extent of correction required to achieve the desired look. Since it is performed as an outpatient procedure, you can expect to return home the same day the surgery is performed.

Neck Lift & Neck Tightening at a glance:
PATIENT GOALS: Improve the appearance of the neck and double chin region
SURGICAL GOALS: Reduce excess skin of the neck Tighten the platysma (neck muscle) Reduce excess neck fat
ANESTHESIA / SURGICAL LOCATION OPTIONS General (Hospital or Surgery Center) Local with IV Sedation (Hospital or Surgery Center) Local (In Office)
PROCEDURE LENGTH 1-3 hours (depends on surgical extent)
PAIN LEVEL Mild to Moderate

What to Expect After the Procedure

After undergoing the neck lift surgery, you can expect to experience some swelling, bruising, and mild to moderate discomfort after the procedure is completed. Most of the discomfort is often described by pateints as a “tightness” rather than a sharp pain. Dr. Zhuravsky can help manage the discomfort you experience with prescribed medication.

As you heal, the final results of your neck lift will become more -apparent. Patients can expect reduced neck skin and fat along with tightened neck muscles. The end result is a well-contoured neck profile that appears more youthful and aesthetically pleasing.

Alternative To Necklift

Dr. Zhuravsky will help you assess the best course of action for your treatment in order to achieve your aesthetic goals. While some patients may require a Necklift or Facelift to achieve desired results, there are less invasive alternatives such as the NeckTite procedure by InMode. Click here to learn more about this innovative procedure!

How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost?

A neck lift surgery is fully customized to address the unique needs of each individual patient. The cost of the procedure varies depending on the extent of correction desired and the overall complexity required to achieve the ideal look. Dr. Z will perform an assessment of your facial features to develop your personalized surgical plan and discuss the cost associated with it during your consultation.

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Dr. Z and his assistant Barbara are extremely friendly and professional. They did excellent work on me for a fraction of the price of other surgeons in the area. They were even able to accommodate me (I had some complications that made my procedure more difficult). I highly recommend Dr Z for anyone.

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Dr. Zhuravsky is a board certified facial plastic surgeon and strives to deliver the best Neck Lift procedure in New Jersey. Contact Dr. Zhuravsky to see how he can help you achieve your desired appearance.

Neck Lift & Neck Tightening Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is a Necklift?

    The simplest form of the surgery involves making an incision just underneath the chin, removing excess fat, and tightening the underlying muscle (platysma) in order to improve the appearance of the neck. However, this approach depends on the skin having good elasticity as it DOES NOT REMOVE the extra skin. A more comprehensive neck lift DOES REMOVE EXCESS SKIN, as it requires additional incisions behind the ears and along the neck hairline, where the excess skin is removed. This approach is very similar to a facelift but without involving the front of the ear or face.
  • What Can Be Achieved With a Necklift?

    The excess fat, skin, and sagging structures of the neck are supported, thus creating an improved neck line and appearance. The jawline can also be improved with this approach as tightening of the neck will highlight the chin and jaw contour.
  • Who Is a Good Candidate for a Necklift (As a Stand-Alone Procedure)?

    The simple approach (limited to incision under the chin only) is a good option for those with good skin turgor and elasticity. This means that the skin will retract to conform to the newly improved neck contour after the fat is removed and underlying muscle is tightened. The more comprehensive approach is for those with either poor elasticity, or more excess than can be treated with a chin only incision. These are patients that want an improved neck line and jawline, but do not want or need a facelift.
  • What Is the Recovery for a Necklift?

    This is NOT typically described as very painful surgery, but there is a high-moderate amount of soreness and tenderness throughout the neck region during the first week. The soreness and tenderness improve over the first week down to a mild-moderate level over weeks 2-3. The extent of bruising varies from a one or two small areas, to several patches throughout the neck. These typically fade over a 1-week period. In all cases, simple and comprehensive, a compression bandage has to be worn after surgery. It is very important to wears this throughout the day for the first 5-7 days, then nightly for the week after.