A Helpful Guide to What Neck Lift Surgery Consists of

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


Given its proximity to the face and near-constant visibility, you would think that we would pay closer attention to the neck – but the neck is often forgotten when it comes to sunscreen, skin care, and aesthetic treatment routines. Even people who have stunning, youthful-looking faces often have loose neck skin, wrinkles, and banding that can add years to their overall look. To help restore a smoother and more desirable neckline and keep patients looking younger for longer, board-certified plastic surgeon and owner of SSK Plastic Surgery Dr. Sean Kelishadi performs neck lift surgery in Orange County, CA. If you have questions about what’s included in a neck lift and how the surgery is performed, you may find the answers here.

What does a neck lift do?

Neck lift surgery can accomplish multiple goals in a single treatment by addressing a variety of concerns beneath the chin and on the neck, including:

  • Sagging neck skin
  • Loose neck
  • Hanging neck skin (“turkey neck”)
  • Lumpy neck
  • Neck banding
  • Muscle separation in neck
  • Double chin
  • Stubborn neck fat
  • Droopy jowls
  • Rounded angle between jaw and neck

How is a neck lift performed?

During a preoperative consultation for neck lift surgery in Newport Beach, Dr. Kelishadi will carefully examine your neck, listen to your concerns and goals, and discuss all of your available options. Based on your anatomy and other factors, Dr. Kelishadi will create a customized neck lift plan just for you. Common techniques included in neck lift surgery are:

  • Skin tightening
  • Skin excision
  • Restore 90-degree angle between jaw and neck
  • Muscle tightening and repositioning
  • Neck fat removal (neck liposuction)

Neck lift surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia, and patients will need to have someone available to drive them home after surgery. A supportive medical brace or garment will be worn after treatment, and most patients will return the following day to have their dressings removed.

How soon will I see results after a neck lift?

For the first 1 – 2 weeks after neck lift surgery, patients should expect mild to moderate swelling and bruising. A feeling of tightness in the neck is commonly reported as well. Most patients can return to light work and activities about 1 – 2 weeks after surgery. Heavy exercise should be avoided for 4 – 6 weeks or until cleared by Dr. Kelishadi. Once the majority of neck lift swelling has resolved, which can take about 2 – 4 weeks, patients will be able to see their slimmer, smoother, firmer new neckline taking shape. To keep your neck lift results looking their best for as long as possible, use these helpful tips:

  • Minimize sun exposure
  • Wear sunscreen on your neck
  • Keep the neck moisturized
  • Do not smoke
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Stay hydrated
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a stable weight
  • Avoid frowning

With these habits, you may be able to enjoy your gorgeous new look for decades to come.

Shed the burden of a loose neck with a neck lift in Orange County, CA

Having a turkey neck or double chin can weigh you down, both physically and emotionally, but you don’t have to live with it. Join the men and women who have regained their youthful neckline and self-confidence by calling SSK Plastic Surgery to schedule your Newport Beach neck lift consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.