What is a Neck Lift?

Sagging skin, wrinkles along the neck, or the appearance of a double chin can make you appear much older than you really are. By removing pockets of fat from the chin and neck area, eliminating drooping bands of muscle, and tightening loose skin, a neck lift can help you regain your slender, youthful appearance. A neck lift can also be used in combination with a facelift and/or facial liposuction to further redefine the jawline and optimize your results.

Who is a Good Candidate for Neck Lift Surgery?

Excellent candidates for neck lift in Upper East Side are patients who:

  • Wish to improve the appearance of sagging skin and loose muscles on their neck
  • Have neck skin that looks crepey or creased
  • Are unhappy with their “turkey wattle” or double chin
  • Feel that their neck is making them look older or heavier
  • Do not smoke and are in overall good health
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Key Benefits of a Neck Lift

  • Reduces a double chin
  • Defines the chin, neck, and jawline
  • Tightens and firms sagging neck skin
  • Removes “turkey wattle” under the chin
  • Smooths wrinkles on the neck
  • Sculpts the chin, neck, and jawline/jowls
  • Achieves an overall more youthful, attractive balance 
  • Boosts self-image and confidence 

What Does a Neck Lift Do?

The skin and muscles of the neck often sag as a result of aging or weight loss, and this can sometimes become noticeable even before the face as a whole begins to show signs of aging. Loose neck muscles can lead to an appearance of bands on the neck, fullness under the chin, and excessive drooping of the skin. 

Non-invasive and minimally invasive interventions such as BOTOX® treatments and microsuction of the neck may only partially address these concerns, but a neck lift effectively redrapes the skin to correct jowls and sagging skin.

The results of a neck lift in Upper East Side offer significant improvement to the appearance of the neck and also contribute to an overall rejuvenation. A neck lift may be performed alone or in conjunction with a facelift. Results are long lasting and are noticeable shortly after surgery. 

Neck Lift Patient Testimonial

At 60 years old, I seized the Covid opportunity to get into better shape [by] losing 40 pounds. Although I feel great, the extra sagging neck skin was making me look worse, not better…I wanted to look like the best version of me. Dr. Hutchinson was exactly who I was looking for. Impeccable credentials, years of experience. She is both seasoned and cutting edge (pun intended); simply an artist! She and her staff are top notch, everything I was hoping for. I’m over the moon at the results and feel and look 15 years younger!


A neck lift takes approximately two hours and is performed under general or local anesthesia with sedation on an outpatient basis. Dr. Hutchinson typically performs procedures at her fully AAAASF accredited office based operating room, but she may also choose to perform your surgery in a hospital setting. 

The neck lift procedure begins with Dr. Hutchinson making a small, inconspicuous incision directly below the chin and behind the crease of the ears as well. Liposuction is often used as the first part of the operation to remove excess fat from the neck and to produce skin tightening. The neck lift may include a platysmaplasty to tighten the muscles in the neck and produce a better contour and more defined jawline. The skin in the neck is redraped, and excess skin is removed from behind the ears. The incisions are then closed with sutures and surgical clips, and a surgical dressing applied.

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Risks of Neck Lift Surgery

As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks involved in a neck lift. These include problems with anesthesia or infection.

After the surgery, you may experience dry skin, tightness, and a burning or tingling sensation. There is also a small risk of facial nerve damage that can result in temporary muscle paralysis.

Although these complications are rare, they emphasize the importance of choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon for your cosmetic procedures.

Recovery and Results

You can expect to experience some swelling and bruising shortly after the neck lift procedure, which may last up to ten days. Patients are advised to keep their heads still and avoid turning, twisting, or bending over for the first few days. Applying cold compresses and keeping the head elevated for the first 48 hours following neck lift surgery can help minimize swelling.

Dr. Hutchinson will prescribe pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort. The sutures will usually be removed after about one week. After a neck lift procedure, most people can return to work and other normal daily activities within two weeks (after bruising and swelling subside). More strenuous activities should be avoided for about 2 weeks.

Most patients who undergo neck lift surgery are extremely pleased with the outcome of their operation. The results of a neck lift can last up to ten years or longer, and as you continue aging, you will always look younger than if you had never had a neck lift.

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Why Choose Dr. Hutchinson for a Neck Lift?

Aesthetic surgery should only be trusted to a plastic surgeon with extensive experience who can deliver exceptional results. Dr. Olivia Hutchinson is a Fellowship trained, board certified plastic  surgeon who has been delivering superior results to patients on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for over two decades. Her experience and skills —  together with today’s advanced techniques — allow her to deliver safe, effective, natural-looking, and long-lasting results to patients from NYC and the world. In addition, she offers ultra high-end concierge services to address the needs of every patient. If you’re interested in a neck lift in New York with Dr. Hutchinson, please contact us online or call us at (212) 452-1400.

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