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As we age, many people develop significant fullness and laxity in their necks. The excess fat and skin relaxation in the lower face can create a straight line from the bottom of the chin to the lower neck. Softening of the underlying neck muscles also contribute to the problem.

Neck lift surgery is recommended for loose and sagging skin – often as part of a classic facelift. A neck lift improves the appearance of the neck by recreating an angle between the jaw line and the front of the neck. This angle is called the cervicomental angle and helps to make the neck look more youthful. Neck lift surgery is often conducted in conjunction with a face lift so that the neck can match the improved upper facial appearance.

About the surgery

The “open” neck lift procedure involves an incision that runs behind the ear and extends back into the posterior scalp hairline. Often, a submental incision (incision under the chin) is made to allow the removal of fat and to address the anterior neck muscles, if necessary.

With the open neck lift, our surgeons typically lift and tighten the platysma muscle in the neck, in addition to lifting the posterior neck skin and removing any excess skin. Our patients appreciate how much their neck lift improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck.

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Non-surgical options

Sometimes non-surgical procedures, such as CoolSculpting or Kybella injections, would be enough to improve the appearance of the neck area – especially if the skin still has good elasticity (and no sagging). If non-surgical options are appropriate, patients can consult with the estheticians at Skin Artisans, our on-site skin care clinic offering multiple non-surgical options.