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Neck Lift Surgery


Whether your neck is affected by age, sun damage, your genes, or the pull of gravity, neck lift surgery (cervicoplasty/platysmaplasty) or other neck contouring and rejuvenation procedures can give the jawline more definition. An elegant neck contour is not only associated with a youthful appearance, but also with health and vitality. Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can make even a person of normal weight appear to have a double chin. A neck lift offers a smoother and more toned appearance to skin under the chin and neck area that has lost elasticity.

If you only have excess fat under your chin or along your jawline, neck, or submental area, liposuction alone may be enough to enhance the appearance of your neck. Even at a young age, hereditary fat deposits located underneath the chin may enlarge and lead to the appearance of a double chin.  However, be aware that as we move into our forties and fifties most necks will require more than just liposuction alone and will typically require muscle and possibly skin tightening.

As we age and enter our forties and fifties, the signs of aging may appear as sagging or loosening of the skin below the chin or jaw. The gradual appearance of cords or bands (the “weakening” of the platysma muscle) in the neck and possibly the development of a “turkey neck” or “turkey wattle” (loose hanging skin on the neck, especially in the front of the neck below the chin) are signs of this aging process.  With time, neck fullness and sagging tissues can progress to the point where the youthful definition of the jawline is blurred or lost altogether. Dr. DiBello restores a more youthful neck appearance by performing a small incision behind each ear and one underneath the chin. This neck lift ultimately provides a more refined jawline through a recontouring of the loose hanging neck skin.

A consultation with Dr. DiBello, in which he will discuss his personalized approach to your surgery, will help you determine if you are a candidate for neck rejuvenation surgery.  At that time, our plastic surgeon will discuss the important considerations involved in neck lift surgery.