A neck lift, also known as lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the neck by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying muscles. It is typically performed on people who have loose, sagging skin around the neck area, commonly known as “turkey neck,” and is often done in conjunction with a facelift to achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
During a neck lift procedure, the surgeon makes incisions behind the ears and/or under the chin to access the underlying muscles and tissues. They may use liposuction to remove excess fat from the neck and jowls, and then tighten the neck muscles and reposition the skin to create a smoother, firmer contour. Any excess skin is trimmed away and the incisions are closed with sutures or surgical glue.
Neck lift surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia, and recovery time can vary depending on the extent of the procedure. Patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the days following the surgery, but these symptoms can usually be managed with pain medication and rest. Strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks after surgery, and patients should keep their head elevated and wear a compression garment to help with healing.