Contouring the neck for a firm, taut profile

You don’t need to resign yourself to just accepting the fact that you look older. A neck lift and neck liposuction can be instrumental in subtly rejuvenating the profile and creating a more youthful, engaging appearance. Neck contouring isn’t just for patients dealing with aging, either.

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Many clients seek out a neck lift or neck liposuction due to weight fluctuations or genetics. The surgery can help improve definition in the neck, reduce submental fullness, smooth the platysmal cords, and pull drooping skin taut, enhancing both your wardrobe options and your self-confidence.

Our trusted, board-certified plastic surgeons in South Florida may combine your neck life with a facelift, blepharoplasty, a brow lift, or non-surgical facial rejuvenation to comprehensively revitalize your look.

Cosmetic Issues Addressed

  • Crepe-like skin
  • Sagging contours
  • “Turkey neck”
  • Muscle laxity
  • Vertical neck banding
  • Double chin

What to Expect During the Procedure

Neck Lift

Neck lift surgery can accomplish several aesthetic goals at once, including combatting vertical neck banding through platysmaplasty, tightening loose, sagging skin, and improving definition in the jawline for a more sculpted and chiseled appearance. 

Neck Liposuction

For certain patients with good skin elasticity, neck liposuction may be the only procedure needed to improve definition, tone, and shaping. If sagging skin and neck banding is a problem, a surgical neck lift can be combined with neck liposuction. The procedure can remove stubborn fat bulges that obscure the profile and create a double chin.

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If your neck surgery was performed under general anesthesia, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home afterward and assist you for the first 24 hours of your recovery process. You may experience a “tight” feeling in the neck along with swelling, bruising, and tenderness. These are all normal side effects, and they will gradually lessen over the next few weeks. Our team will provide you with prescription pain medications, post-operative compression garments, and detailed aftercare instructions. We will follow up with you regularly to ensure you are happy with your outcome.


Incisions are created beneath the chin where they are inconspicuous and well-hidden. Incisions may also be concealed behind the ears and within the hairline. Liposuction may be added to this procedure to reduce submental fullness and further refine the profile. The entire procedure typically takes from 1 to 3 hours to complete. If a neck lift is paired with a facelift, the surgery time may be extended even further.


Patients will begin seeing their neck lift results within a few weeks as their swelling subsides. The final outcome will become evident within 3 to 6 months. It’s very important that you always wear sunblock to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and prevent unnecessary skin aging.


Ideal candidates for neck contouring are of sound mind and body, and are free from any medical concerns that might impact their procedure or recovery. Patients should have a positive mental outlook towards their results that is realistic and aligned with the treatment plan that is created during their confidential South Florida consultation.

Neck lift surgery combined with neck liposuction can address the following:

  • Excess fat in the upper neck
  • Vertical neck bands (platysma muscles)
  • Skin laxity
  • Drooping jowls
  • Wrinkles and folds
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Are there any risks involved with neck contouring?

Our experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons minimize risks through meticulous attention to detail and a strategic and conservative approach. However, as with any surgery, there are some inherent risks. These may include anesthesia risks, infection, nerve damage, poor wound healing, tingling, or temporary numbness at the treatment site.

What can I expect in terms of scarring?

Our board-certified plastic surgeons are careful to minimize scarring as much as possible by placing incisions where they are the least visible. For neck lift surgery, this is typically behind the ears near the bottom of the hairline and beneath the chin. The small size of the incisions makes them very difficult to detect. We can also recommend medical-grade scar creams to help reduce their appearance even further. During the first stages of healing, incisions can be camouflaged with makeup.

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