A neck lift, also known as a lower rhytidectomy, reduces or eliminates the visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck. The surgery addresses loose neck skin, excess fatty deposits under the chin, excess fat in the lower face, and muscle banding in the neck. By doing so, a neck lift procedure restores the youthful contours in the face and neck.
Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS is internationally recognized for his expertise in facial plastic surgery and neck lift procedures. As a Harvard-trained aesthetic and reconstructive neck lift surgeon, he attracts patients both nationally and internationally to the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery. He is the author of five bestselling books, including Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation and Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets, is recognized as a Top Doctor by the US News & World Report, and has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Doctors, The New York Times, and countless other media outlets.
A neck lift is a procedure to restore and revitalize the appearance of the neck and throat. This surgery not only trims and smoothes excess skin on the neck, but it also removes fat deposits and tightens muscle laxity. By correcting the underlying muscle structures in addition to the outer skin layer, a necklift produces provides patients with a more youthful neckline.
At the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh takes a conservative, precise approach to neck lift surgery. Everyone ages differently; therefore Dr. Azizzadeh customizes each necklift procedure with the anti-aging needs of the patient in mind. As a result, he often utilizes a combination of procedures and techniques to achieve facial harmony and a natural-looking neckline.
What Are the Benefits of Neck Lift Surgery?
The benefits of neck lift surgery include:
Removal of excess skin and fat from under the chin
Tighter facial muscles
For individuals who want to revitalize the appearance of the neck and face, a neck lift may prove to be ideal. Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to discuss neck lift surgery with patients. He also responds to patients’ neck lift concerns and questions and offers expert treatment recommendations.
Am I a Candidate for a Neck Lift?
A neck lift is a great procedure for an individual who is experiencing excess skin and muscle laxity on the neck. As we age, the skin on the neck can become loose and slack, excess fat and skin relaxation can create jowls, fatty deposits form under the chin, and muscle banding make the neck appear visibly aged.
More specifically, good candidates for a neck lift generally have one or more of the following issues:
Fat deposits and buildup– neck is prone to developing a buildup of fat both under the chin and around the jowls with age
Skin laxity– time, the skin on the neck tends to sag and droop, contributing to an aged appearance
Muscle laxity– muscles on each side of the neck begin to lose their elasticity and structure
Sub-muscular laxity– system of tissues underneath the muscles can suffer the effects of aging, beginning to droop or sag and present loose, excess skin
Dr. Azizzadeh can correct the loss of youthful contours in the neck from the issues mentioned above, with a neck lift. As an internationally renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Azizzadeh’s goal is to achieve harmony with all vectors of the face, including the neck. In order to do this, he does not simply tighten the outer skin on the neck. Instead, he uses deep plane lifting techniques, ensuring the neck is tight, elegant and natural looking.
Comprehensive Neck Lift Consultation Process
A comprehensive neck lift consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh is a unique experience. After examining the patient’s face and neck and having a thorough understanding of the patient’s concerns and anti-aging goals, Dr. Azizzadeh will discuss both non-invasive and surgical approaches, where appropriate. Unlike other plastic surgeons who may only recommend neck lift surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh has an innovative perspective of customizing surgical and non-surgical treatments for the neck and the face to comprehensively address signs of aging. As a result, the patient will see an appearance that is youthful and harmonious.
In addition to neck surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh may also recommend additional surgical or non-surgical procedures whose results combine well with a neck lift. These other procedures include:
Facelift:Rejuvenates the appearance of the face and neck. Facelift surgery is one of the most popular facial plastic surgery options.
Brow Lift:Reduces the appearance of a heavy, sagging brow. A brow lift helps patients raise drooping eyebrows, eliminate deep furrows, and rejuvenate the eyes.
Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty): Treats bags under the lower eyelids and excess skin that affects the upper eyelids. Blepharoplasty enhances the appearance of the eyelids and can be performed on the lower eyelids, upper eyelids, or both.
Submental Liposuction: Tightens the muscles beneath the chin, improves the chin’s contour, and eliminates the appearance of a double chin.
Dermal Fillers: Enhance the facial appearance without surgery. Dermal fillers are used to fill in fine lines and creases throughout the face.
Botox: Smooth fine lines, wrinkles, and furrows caused by excessive muscle movements. Botox treatments require just minutes to administer and temporarily relax muscle movements in the face.
Ultherapy: Leverages ultrasound technology to lift and tighten the skin. Ultherapy simultaneously stimulates collagen growth and tightens loose skin.
Laser Skin Resurfacing: Requires DOT Deka laser treatments to resurface the skin on the face and neck. Laser skin resurfacing helps patients improve skin tone, texture, and pigmentation.
Skin Care: Involves the use of skin care products as part of a physician-supervised skin health program
In many cases, the ideal anti-aging treatment plan includes both surgical and non-surgical options.
To help his patients achieve a full understanding of their aging process, Dr. Azizzadeh has created the “Aging Arc”. This helps patients see the aging process visually, in relation to their age in actual years. It is Dr. Azizzadeh’s goal to put his patients in the positive range on the Aging Arc, meaning their facial and neck appearance is the best it can be in relation to their chronological age. During a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, he will show the patient where he or she falls on the Aging Arc, along with what facial rejuvenation techniques can be used to put them in the positive range.
As a highly specialized facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Azizzadeh takes plenty of time to help his patients fully understand their cosmetic options during their consultation. He educates patients on the underlying causes of their cosmetic complaints, along with how each treatment option will address those particular issues. In the complex field of facial and neck plastic surgery, knowledge is the most important thing for a patient, and it is Dr. Azizzadeh’s goal to educate his patients. From there, he knows that you will make the right decision for yourself.
Dr. Azizzadeh's Approach to a Neck Lift
As a Harvard-trained, double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Azizzadeh takes an extremely detailed approach to neck surgery. Through his many years of experience, he believes there is no such thing as a standard neck lift. Instead, every patient requires thorough examination of his or her unique issues and anti-aging goals so Dr. Azizzadeh can create a customized neck lift. Dr. Azizzadeh’s approach to neck surgery is dynamic, integrating all areas of his facial plastic surgery expertise for the best outcomes.
For his neck surgery patients, Dr. Azizzadeh will use one or both of the following techniques depending upon the degree of lift and tightening required:
Skin-SMAS-Platysma Lift-Generally performed for more mild neck lift cases, the skin lift involves lifting and tightening the neck and throat skin, creating a more toned appearance in the neck. Dr. Azizzadeh will always support the SMAS-platysma to get long lasting results.
Platysmaplasty-This procedure tightens underlying muscles in the neck, known as platysma muscles. During the aging process, these muscles are responsible for the unwanted appearance of bands in the neck. A platysmaplasty addresses these muscles while concurrently repositioning fat to create a tighter, more youthful neckline.
With every neck lift surgery, it is Dr. Azizzadeh’s goal to maintain the patient’s natural beauty. Therefore, during the surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh is able to precisely tighten and sculpt features and restore volume, preserving the patient’s natural contours for a beautiful and vibrant outcome.
Before & Afters
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Once you have scheduled your neck surgery, we will provide you with a comprehensive packet of information detailing the healing process, what to expect and tips to reduce swelling and bruising. Here are some of these guidelines below, giving you an idea of what you can expect:
Gently clean your incisions with hydrogen peroxide once a day for the first 7 days.
Apply antibiotic ointment 3 times a day over all incisions.
Wear chinstrap garment as much as possible for the first week after neck lift surgery. If irritation occurs, remove the chinstrap and call our office. It is important that you prevent the bandage from rolling up or wrinkling under your chin.
Use cold compresses in the first 72 hours after neck surgery (20 minutes per hour when awake) then switch to warm compresses (20 minutes, 3 times per day) thereafter over the areas of bruising.
Keep head elevated for at least one week following neck lift surgery. This includes while you sleep, rest or relax.
You may remove compression garment to shower starting 2 days after surgery.
At The CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery, our goal is your comfortable, smooth recovery. If any questions or concerns arise at any point during your recovery, we are here to help.
Trust Your Face To A Neck Lift Surgery Expert
As an internationally renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Azizzadeh has been featured in major news outlets for his unrelenting expertise in this crucial field, including The Doctors, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and more. Most notably, he was featured on Oprah for his groundbreaking facial nerve reconstruction on Mary Jo Buttafuoco, a prominent victim of a shooting.
Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh has been featured in People Magazine, New York Times, Discovery Health, Los Angeles Times, Beverly Hills Courier, and many other prestigious media outlets. He authored the best-selling book Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets, and was the lead editor on a number of definitive medical textbooks, including Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation and Master Techniques in Blepharoplasty and Periorbital Rejuvenation. These textbooks have become a standard in the medical community and are used all over the world by board-certified plastic surgeons as well as training programs for up and coming plastic surgeons. He is the co-director of the annual, world-renowned Cedars-Sinai Advances in Multispecialty Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Symposium and the co-director of the USC Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program.
Schedule a Neck Lift Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh
To learn more about your unique necklift, please contact The CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic surgery to schedule your consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh. We also offer phone or Skype consultations for out-of-town patients.