Have Sagging Neck Skin? Consider Neck Lift Surgery

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


Sagging skin and wrinkles are unavoidable side effects of the natural aging process, but they present in different ways, at different rates, and at different times from patient to patient. Because the face and neck are so often exposed to the sun, and because they are involved in so many daily movements and expressions, many people begin to notice the first lines, wrinkles, and droopiness in these areas. The neck, in particular, is a common problem area for saggy, hanging skin that can leave a person feeling discouraged, embarrassed, or older than they actually are. To reverse neck aging and correct hanging neck skin, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi and the distinguished team at SSK Plastic Surgery offer a complete range of facial and neck rejuvenation procedures in Newport Beach, CA. Let’s explore the benefits of neck lift surgery specifically to help you better understand how this popular procedure can transform your neck and restore a lighter, smoother, more desirable look.

What causes a turkey neck?

Hanging skin under the chin — sometimes called a turkey neck — is often the result of a combination of natural and environmental/behavioral factors, some of which include:

  • Sun exposure
  • Dry skin
  • Dehydration
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Genetics
  • Frowning
  • Job or activities that require long periods of looking down

How can I tighten hanging neck skin?

There are some nonsurgical and minimally invasive options that may help to temporarily improve a sagging neck, but these are considered “short-term bandaids” that may not provide your desired level of enhancement and will need to be repeated at regular intervals. For the most dramatic and longest-lasting results, neck lift surgery is unquestionably the way to go.

How does a neck lift work?

Neck lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia and involves making an incision beneath the skin that allows Dr. Kelishadi to lift and tighten the underlying structures of the neck and trim away loose skin. Platysmal bands (neck banding) can also be corrected during neck lift surgery. The remaining skin is then re-draped over the neck, and the incision is closed with sutures, creating a strikingly smoother new neckline and restoring the desirable 90-degree angle between the neck and jawline that is a classic hallmark of youth and beauty.

Does a neck lift include liposuction?

Neck lift and neck liposuction are two separate procedures, but they are commonly performed in conjunction with one another in order to address both loose skin and stubborn neck fat. With a combination of neck lift plus liposuction, Dr. Kelishadi is able to correct multiple concerns in a single surgical setting and give patients the most attractive results possible.

Is a neck lift permanent?

The outcome of neck lift surgery can last for years, decades, or even a lifetime with healthy habits, like minimizing sun exposure, wearing sunscreen, and not smoking. Generally speaking, patients who undergo neck lift surgery at a younger age achieve better and longer-lasting outcomes, as they are able to “get ahead” of the aging process before it progresses to more advanced stages. Still, there is no right or wrong age to take the first step toward getting the slimmer, smoother neck you can feel confident about.

Take a load off with neck lift surgery in Orange County, CA

If loose, hanging neck skin is weighing you down — both physically and emotionally — a neck lift may be the solution you’ve been searching for. To learn more about what results neck lift surgery may have to offer you, browse our Newport Beach neck lift before-and-after photos and call SSK Plastic Surgery to schedule your one-on-one 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.