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Neck Lift Specialist

Kaiulani Morimoto, MD

Plastic Surgeons located in Spokane Valley, WA

Neck Lift Q & A

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift, or platysmaplasty, is surgery to reduce the look of sagging, loose skin in the neck area and under the jawline. People who complain of having a fleshy neck, "jowls," neck banding or a "turkey wattle" can benefit from this procedure.

At what age can a neck lift be performed?

A neck lift can be performed at almost any age, although people usually seek it out between the ages of 30 and 70.

How is neck lift performed?

Like many cosmetic surgery procedures, a neck lift is usually performed on an outpatient basis with a light sleep sedation or general anesthesia. In a "skin-only" neck lift, the surgeon makes two incisions under or behind the ear, loosens the skin, re-drapes it and removes any excess. In a platysmaplasty with a skin lift, an additional incision is made under the chin.

What should I expect after surgery?

You will most likely experience swelling and bruising in your lower face and neck that will peak on day three and then begin to dissipate. Your surgeon will advise you to take it easy for a couple of weeks or more as you recuperate.

When will the stitches be removed and does this hurt?

Your stitches will probably remain in place for seven to 10 days, depending on how you are healing and your surgeon's preference.

When will I be able to see the results?

Although some swelling will be present for several weeks, you should begin to see the results of your neck lift emerge within a week or so.

What are the risks of neck lift?

All surgery has risks and complications, and a neck lift is no exception. Potential risks include an allergic reaction to the anesthesia, infection, hematoma or seroma, lumpiness, numbness, mottling of the skin, cording, asymmetry and general dissatisfaction with the results.

Are the results permanent?

Surgery cannot stop aging — nothing can — so your neck lift results will not last forever. However, they should last for several years before you start to see loose skin in the area again. Be aware that a significant weight gain could cause neck fullness and sagging.

neck lift before and after