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Neck Lift


This is a model not an actual patient

Because of aging, sun damage, and just the luck of genetics, many of us can have loose neck skin even when we are young. This can evolve into what is called the “turkey” neck. In most patients, there will also be playsmal muscle bands which accentuate the blunting of the neck. Even a turtleneck may not hide the turkey neck. At this time, there really isn’t a noninvasive procedure to completely correct this loose skin. The most appropriate procedure would be a surgical neck lift with platysmal placation. It can provide a fairly dramatic improvement in the neck contour. It does very little for the jowls.

Dr Gladstone performs a necklift with local tumescent anesthesia and oral sedation. It involves an incision starting from behind the earlobe to behind the ear, and the extends into the hairline. It requires about two and half hours. Dr Gladstone always include neck liposuction with this procedure since it helps to improve the neck contour. On many patients, Dr Gladstone will also make a small incision under the chin so that I can tighten the platysmal bands in addition to tightening them from the main incision.

You can have bruising and swelling from a neck lift. Generally you will need to take one week off from work. You will have soreness, and your neck will feel tight. You will have numbness that can last several months. The bruising and swelling will resolve in 7-10 days. The stitches are all dissolvable. You will need to wear a compression garment that we provide for two weeks—as much as you can. It helps with swelling and soreness and compresses the skin. The scars heal in approximately 3 months, but can be optimized with laser or medical micropigmentation. A neck lift should last between 6-8 years. A man having this procedure should have at least moderate hair length, or the scar will be noticeable as it heals.

On selected patients, Dr Gladstone may recommend a noninvasive tightening procedure following the necklift to “turbocharge” the result.

*The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors.