What You Need to Know Before Getting a Neck Lift

A neck lift, also known as a “lower rhytidectomy,” helps rejuvenate the skin around the neck, jawline and throat. It enables an individual to minimize and smooth excess skin on the neck as well as reduce fat deposits and tightens lax muscles. As a result, a neck lift will give an individual a more youthful neckline for years to come.

Although a neck lift represents a terrific plastic surgery for many individuals, a neck lift is not for everyone. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead for a neck lift and establish realistic expectations before undergoing treatment.

To better understand a neck lift and its benefits, let’s consider three of the most common questions associated with this plastic surgery.


  1. Am I a viable candidate for a neck lift?

The ideal candidate for a neck lift may display one or more of the following issues:

  • Fat deposits: Over time, fat may form under the chin and around the jowls.
  • Muscle laxity: Neck muscles may lose their strength and structure as a person grows older.
  • Skin laxity: The skin on the neck can sag and droop, resulting in an aged appearance.
  • Sub-muscular laxity: Tissues beneath the muscles may sag and droop, causing loose, excess skin to become visible.

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery is a globally recognized facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He can correct the loss of youthful contours in the neck and help an individual evaluate all aspects of a neck lift treatment.


  1. How is a neck lift performed?

There is no such thing as a standard neck lift treatment, according to Dr. Azizzadeh. As such, Dr. Azizzadeh will perform an in-depth patient consultation to learn about an individual’s neck lift treatment goals and outline all steps of a neck lift procedure.

Dr. Azizzadeh customizes the neck lift technique to the needs of the patient. This can include a platysmaplasty, which tightens the underlying muscles of the neck, or if excess loose skin is more of the issue, Dr. Azizzadeh can simply address that. In most cases both approaches are utilized.

Ultimately, Dr. Azizzadeh wants neck lift patients to maintain their natural beauty. To achieve this goal, Dr. Azizzadeh will provide personalized neck lift treatment recommendations to ensure neck lift patients can enjoy the ideal treatment results.


  1. What should I expect after a neck lift is completed?

The skin around the neck, jawline and throat may temporarily feel tight and/or numb following a neck lift. This feeling typically lasts for just a few days and will disappear on its own.

In addition, an individual should expect some swelling and bruising of the neck skin. These symptoms may persist for about two to three weeks after neck lift surgery.

The final results of a neck lift will become evident after about six weeks. At this time, an individual should notice a revitalized neckline that matches the facial features perfectly.

Dr. Azizzadeh will provide comprehensive details about the neck lift healing process. With this information, a patient can ensure a smooth, comfortable treatment recovery.

To learn more about the ins and outs of neck lift treatments, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh today.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh Today

Dr. Azizzadeh offers in-person and virtual consultations to people who are considering a cosmetic procedure. To find out more, please contact us today at 310-657-2203 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh.

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