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. 

What Can a Neck Lift Target?

  • Excess fat along the neck
  • Sagging, or excess skin that creates jowls
  • Loose skin along the neck
  • Stubborn fat beneath the chin
  • Muscle banding around the neck
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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. 

What Can’t a Neck Lift Address?

A neck lift does not address signs of aging in the face; it only addresses the neck and jawline.

It can be combined with a facelift to address concerns through the face. A neck lift also does not stop signs of aging in the neck from returning. While plastic surgery can significantly reduce the common signs of aging, it cannot stop the aging process. This means that as you continue to age, you may see certain targeted elements return.

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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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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