Neck Lift in New York City

Remove the years while adding youthful definition to your face and jawline with a neck lift in New York City.

Neck Lift Before & Afters

These Neck Lift before and after pictures represent actual patients from Dr. Kolker. They will help to assist you in understanding your various options and enable you to set realistic goals for your own surgical outcome. Click on a patient for their specific case details.

“I have always had extra skin under my chin making it look like I didn’t have a neck. As I aged, it worsened and I finally decided it was time to do something... The neck lift Dr. Kolker performed on me not only beautifully reshaped my face, it unleashed a more confident, outgoing me. It is something I should have done years ago.”

— P.K. / NYC

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Excess fat, loose, sagging skin, and prominent bands of the neck are some of the hallmarks of the aging face.

These may be seen following weight loss or gain, and are more often due to the effects of age, gravity, and heredity. Neck lift surgery corrects the excess fat of the neck, and depending upon the degree of laxity, a neck lift can modify and tighten the underlying muscles and connective tissue as well as tighten the loose, sagging skin.

Neck lift produces more definition of your face, accentuation of your jaw line, and a more youthful appearance. There are a variety of NYC neck lift techniques available to you, and the appropriate technique will be tailored to your specific needs. In the very mildest form, where fatty excess predominates with mild skin laxity and good elasticity, a "suction neck lift", incorporating liposuction alone, may be appropriate.

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As with a facelift, skin "preparation" is often extremely important prior to surgery, as the goal is to maximize the effects of the neck lift procedure.

For moderate laxity with "banding" of the muscles, a neck lift with platysmaplasty (where the dooping or banded muscles of the neck are released and tightened) with or without liposuction may be appropriate.

For more significant laxity, the classical neck lift procedure is performed, most often in conjunction with a facelift, producing rejuvenation of the face and neck together. The underlying muscles are tightened, and excess skin is trimmed producing a sharper more youthful neckline. These neck lift techniques produce a more sculpted jaw line and a more youthful appearance.

Ideal Neck Lift Candidate

  • Excess fat beneath the chin and neck
  • "bands" created by the neck muscles (platysma)
  • laxity or droop of the jowls and neck skin
  • Mild or moderate wrinkling of the skin only

Neck Lift Advantages

  • Resuspension of the soft tissues of the face and neck
  • Tightenning of the neck muscles
  • Removal of excess skin
  • Gentle redraping of skin, making it youthfully taut, not tight

Neck Lift Techniques

  • Necklift with liposuction only
  • Necklift with platysmaplasty, with or without liposuction, Classical necklift

Neck Lift Stats

  • Length: 1 to 5 hours
  • Back to Work: 4 to 7 days (liposuction only), 7 to 10 days (necklift with platysmaplasty), 10 to 14 days (classical necklift), 14 to 21 days (classical necklift with the addition of fat graft or laser)
  • Return to Exercise: 7 to 10 days (light cardio), 3 to 4 weeks (moderate exercise), 6 weeks (more strenuous exercise)

The neck lift procedure is performed largely through incisions concealed inconspicuously beneath the chin. Many individuals with good skin elasticity are candidates for a suction assisted neck lift technique that is performed through the very tiniest incision beneath the chin.

For those with mild or moderate neck skin laxity and banding (hanging of the edges) of the platysma muscle within the neck, a neck lift with a platysmaplasty is performed. Liposuction or direct fat removal may be performed with this type of neck lift as needed. In cases with more substantial excess and laxity, well-concealed incisions in front of and behind the ears (facelift incisions) may be used, whereby not only tightening of the deep tissues and muscle is carried out, but excess skin is trimmed and redraped, producing a more sculpted neck and a more youthful look.

In certain situations wherein the chin may be somewhat weak or retrusive, a chin implant may complement the neck lift well, accentuating and refining the jaw and neckline. Dr. Kolker will select the individual neck lift technique that suits you best with you. A neck lift in New York is most often performed in Dr. Kolker's office-based surgical suite, accredited by the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).

The suction neck lift procedure takes approximately one hour. The neck lift with platysmaplasty with incisions beneath the chin only takes approximately two and a half to three hours. A classical neck lift procedure (combined with a facelift) takes approximately four to five hours.

Neck lift surgery is frequently combined with other facial rejuvenative procedures.

For those individuals who desire additional plastic surgery enhancements, particularly geared toward achieving and maintaining a youthful balance of all parts of the face, your neck lift with liposuction, neck lift with platysmaplasty, or classical neck lift may be combined with a chin implant (chin augmentation) to further accentuate a youthful jawline.

Neck lift can also be combined with a facelift, eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), brow lift (forehead lift, endoscopic brow lift or coronal brow lift), liposuction of other parts of the body, fat transfer (autologous fat grafts), laser resurfacing procedures, or chemical peels. Most commonly, the neck lift procedure is combined with a facelift and an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), and frequently with fat transfer (autologous fat grafts).

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