What Is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift, also known as a lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that targets excess fat and sagging skin along the neck and jawline. It is performed by plastic surgeons to reduce common signs of aging in the area. A neck lift in Newport Beach is often combined with a facelift for complete facial rejuvenation. 

Who Is a Candidate for a Neck Lift?

If you are experiencing mild to moderate sagging skin or excess fat in the jowls or neck, you may be a candidate for a neck lift in Newport Beach. To determine if you are a candidate for the procedure, Dr. Lee will ask that you schedule an in-person or virtual consultation. This will allow him to evaluate your neck, discuss your medical history, and understand your goals for the procedure before determining if you are a good candidate. 

Benefits of a Neck Lift

If you’re unhappy with loose, sagging skin around your neck and jawline, neck lift surgery could offer you a variety of benefits.

Some of the most common benefits of the procedure include:

  • Tightens the underlying muscles in the neck, reducing the appearance of loose skin
  • Smoother, more youthful-looking skin around the neck and jawline
  • Tightens sagging neck skin
  • Removes excess neck skin
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Causes minimal scarring
  • Improves the definition of the chin and jawline
  • Relatively short recovery downtime
  • Provides long-lasting, natural-looking results

Why Should I Consider a Neck Lift?

Typically, the best time to consider a neck lift is when signs of aging around your neck and jawline have started to become more noticeable than you’d like. When you begin to see loose, sagging skin and wrinkles in the area, that could mean it’s a good time to undergo neck lift surgery. If you sit down for a consultation with Dr. Lee, he’ll examine your neck and jawline and ask you about your aesthetic goals. With this information, he can help you determine whether or not a neck lift in Newport Beach is the best course of action for your situation.

The Neck Lift Procedure

Before surgery, anesthesia will be administered. Our neck lift in Newport Beach can be performed using general anesthesia. The best method for you will be determined before your appointment.

Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Lee will create a small incision behind both ears and beneath the chin. He will place the incisions where any visible scars are well-concealed. Excess fat will be suctioned from along the jawline and below the chin during the procedure. The remaining fat and tissue will be repositioned, and any excess skin will be removed. Once this is complete, the incisions are closed. 

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Incision Types During a Neck Lift

During your neck lift surgery, there are two common types of incisions that may be used. Dr. Lee will determine the ideal type of incision depending on your goals for the procedure. The two types of neck lift incisions are:

Traditional Neck Lift:

A traditional neck lift incision usually starts at the hairline around the level of the sideburn. From there, it continues down around the ear and finishes in the posterior hair. The traditional incision is the most common choice for neck lift procedures.

Limited Neck Lift: 

In some cases, a limited neck lift incision may be used. These incisions are made only around the ears, and although they are smaller than traditional neck lift incisions, they allow for more limited results.

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Non-Surgical Neck Lift Alternatives

Although a neck lift can yield wonderful results, surgery isn’t always the best option for every patient. If you’re looking for a non-surgical way to revitalize your neck and jawline, there are several effective options.


If you want to eliminate excess fat from beneath your chin and achieve a more defined jawline, Kybella could be a good choice. Kybella is an injectable treatment made from deoxycholic acid. When Kybella is injected beneath the chin, it breaks down and eliminates excess fat cells in the area.

Dermal Fillers: 

Although dermal fillers are most commonly used to treat fine lines and wrinkles in the facial skin, many of them can also contour the neck and jawline. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Juvéderm, Restylane, and Sculptra can add temporary volume to the jawline and help stimulate collagen growth around the neck.


Ultherapy is an innovative treatment that uses high-intensity focused ultrasound waves to stimulate collagen production around the neck and chin. The procedure, which takes around 60 to 90 minutes, reduces fine lines and wrinkles to create a more youthful-looking neck area. Ultherapy also offers long-lasting results and requires no recovery downtime.

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Your Recovery

After your neck lift, you will be able to begin the recovery process at home. For most patients, the recovery period can last 1-2 weeks. You may be asked to avoid certain activities during this time, including exercise and heavy lifting. You may experience some swelling and bruising, which should resolve independently. Once this has been resolved, your final results will be visible.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you have been bothered by excess skin or fat along the neck, a neck lift may be the right procedure for you. Dr. Richard H. Lee performs neck lift surgery at an accredited outpatient surgery center in Newport Beach and serves patients from across the area. Contact Dr. Richard H. Lee to schedule your neck lift consultation

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Why Choose Dr. Lee for Your Neck Lift Surgery?

Dr. Richard H. Lee is a highly talented and respected plastic surgeon who uses his artistic vision and skill to provide his patients with exceptional results. Dr. Lee understands that every patient is different, and he goes the extra mile to enhance the unique features of each person he treats. When you choose him for your neck lift in Newport Beach, he’ll get to know you and work hard to understand your personal needs and goals. With that information, he’ll help you achieve the beautiful, youthful-looking neck and jawline that you desire. Simply contact our office today to schedule a consultation and get the process started.

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Neck Lift FAQs:

How long does a neck lift last?

At what age should you get a neck lift?

Will scars be visible after my neck lift?

How long does a neck lift last?

On average, the effects of a neck lift procedure will last for around 10 to 15 years. However, the exact timeframe will depend on the specific patient and their skin elasticity.

At what age should you get a neck lift?

Every patient’s situation is different, and there’s no ideal age to undergo a neck lift. Typically, the best time for the procedure is when you’re between the ages of 35 and 65, but it depends entirely on your preferences and how your body ages.

Will scars be visible after my neck lift?

There should be very little visible scarring after you’ve healed from your neck lift. Typically, the incisions made during the procedure will be small, thin, and located in discrete areas. Plus, the scars tend to gradually heal and fade in the months following the surgery.

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