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What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is designed to tighten sagging skin of the neck, re-establish integrity of the neck muscles, remove excess fatty tissue in the neck, and improve the jawline. The approach to a neck lift depends on individual presentation, but in general, incisions are strategically placed in the natural creases around the ear up to the sideburns, and possibly under the chin. The objective is a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance that looks effortlessly beautiful and natural.

Who is a good candidate for a neck lift?

Good candidates for a neck lift are men and women between 30 and 80 years of age in good physical and psychological health with poorly defined neck and jawlines. A neck lift helps rejuvenate patients who have signs of aging and restore appearance in individuals who have sustained massive weight loss.

This procedure may be combined with a full facelift, brow lift, blepharoplasty, facial fat grafting, or chin implant to provide better balance to the entire face and neck. During the initial consultation you will discuss with Dr. Shermak what you would like to improve so she can understand your expectations and determine how to best achieve your desired results.

What is the recovery like for a neck lift?

Surgery tends to be performed on an outpatient basis. You may experience temporary swelling, numbness, and bruising that respond well to head elevation, compressive wrapping, ice packs and Arnica Montana herbal supplementation.

You will be seen in the office within 1 to 3 days to have dressings removed. Sutures are removed after one week. Makeup may be applied by 2 weeks after surgery. Most clients resume regular activities and return to work within 1-2 weeks, and swelling may take up to a month to resolve. Stitches are removed 7 to 10 days after surgery.

Next steps Schedule a Consultation

We invite you to call Dr. Shermak’s Baltimore plastic surgery office at 410-324-6592 to schedule your personal consultation today. You can also learn more about what kind of results to expect by visiting our online library of before and after photography of patients who kindly offered to share their results.