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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center

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Weston, Florida
And Surrounding Suburbs

Neck Lift

It’s common for patients with signs of aging in their face to think they need a facelift when they actually need a neck lift. Neck muscles that have become weak or skin that sags from the jawline can prevent you from having a smooth, youthful appearance. Addressing a loose neck profile can restore graceful and attractive contours to the neck and jawline.

What Do You Desire?

Definition can be obscured at the jawline by excess skin and fat. For many patients, this lack of definition creates the appearance of a double chin or rounded face. A defined, chiseled jawline is improved by crafting overall facial beauty. While some correction can be achieved by treating the skin around the jawline, the neck lift specifically targets the sagging skin below the jawline for more dramatic results.

Neck Lift Techniques
  • Depending on the technique chosen for your procedure, incisions may be placed behind the ears, under the chin, or in a combination of locations
  • A corset platysmaplasty is performed on patients with weak neck muscles
  • Excess skin is excised through the incisions
  • The remaining tissue is gently draped
  • Incisions are closed and bandaged
Addressing Your Concerns

  • Recovery

    It is common to experience some bruising and swelling following neck lift surgery. Your neck may feel tight, but this sensation should subside within 24 to 48 hours. During the first week, you will rest in an elevated position to reduce swelling of the neck and face. During this time, you will wear a neck support garment to improve the quality of your results.


    Most patients return to work within one to two weeks depending on the type of work they do. You will need to avoid strenuous physical activities for four weeks following your surgery. Your surgeon will advise when you can resume your regular exercise routine. Most swelling should subside after six weeks.

  • Scars

    Most incisions used for neck lift surgery are placed behind the ears or under the chin. While some mild scarring may develop in these areas, it is rarely visible. Scarring that does develop is likely to fade over time.

  • Cost

    Achieving natural, beautiful neck lift results requires the skill and dedication of your surgeon, and the cost of your neck lift may reflect this. The cost of each procedure is decided on a patient-by-patient basis because many factors can affect the price of your neck lift. Surgical fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and technique can all impact the final price of your procedure.

  • Pain

    The tightening of your platysma muscles can result in some discomfort. Oral medication will be prescribed to alleviate any associated pain.

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