How Noticeable Will Scarring Be After a Neck Lift?

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


Neck lift surgery can be transformative, helping not only to smooth and slim the neckline but also to rebalance proportions and give patients a lighter, more youthful look overall. If you're like many men and women who have considered neck lift surgery, you may have concerns about the potential for visible scarring. Fortunately, most patients enjoy almost no visible scarring after neck lift surgery, meaning they can enjoy a discreet procedure and seamless, natural-looking results. Here, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi and our experienced team at SSK Plastic Surgery share helpful information about what kind of scarring to expect after your Orange County neck lift and what things you can do to keep your visible scarring to a minimum.

Is a neck lift right for me?

One of the first questions patients ask when thinking about neck lift surgery is whether it is the most suitable option to address their specific set of concerns. Because every person's anatomy and individual factors are unique, Dr. Kelishadi will perform a thorough consultation and evaluation to determine whether neck lift may be an appropriate and effective option. Generally speaking, patients with loose or hanging neck skin, wrinkled neck skin, neck banding, or a creased neck can benefit from neck lift surgery. For patients whose hanging neck is primarily associated with excess fat under the chin, neck liposuction — potentially in combination with neck lift surgery — may be recommended.

Where are neck lift incisions located?

Again, each neck lift will be customized based on the patient's unique anatomy, concerns, goals, and other factors. In most cases, incisions for neck lift surgery are placed under the chin and/or around the ear or sideburn area. Through these incisions, Dr. Kelishadi is able to tighten and recontour the neck muscles and tissues, trim away loose skin, and address any stubborn fat that may be present. At the conclusion of the case, the incisions will be closed with fine sutures.

Can you see neck lift scars?

By strategically placing neck lift incisions beneath the chin and around the ears, any resulting scarring is typically concealed within the natural lines and contours of the skin and virtually imperceptible. To encourage proper healing and fading of neck lift scars, be sure to:

  • Follow your neck lift recovery instructions closely
  • Do not pull on or place tension on healing incisions
  • Use topical scar care products and supplements as recommended and directed by Dr. Kelishadi
  • Avoid direct sun exposure
  • Keep the skin moisturized and protected

With these healthy habits and proper care, scars after neck lift surgery can be your own secret— helping to keep your work discreet and natural-looking.

Lighten your look and feel your best with neck lift surgery in Newport Beach, CA

Don't let a sagging chin or wrinkled neck weigh you down any longer. With neck lift surgery, you can join the many men and women who have achieved a smoother, slimmer, more attractive neckline and boosted self-esteem. For more information about the stunning transformations that can be achieved with neck lift surgery, call SSK Plastic Surgery to schedule your Orange County, CA neck lift consultation with Anaheim Hills 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.