Neck Lift

Starting at an early age, many adults become sensitive to the appearance of their necks. Loose, sagging skin, excess fat, and muscle laxity can make you look older or even heavier than you really are. And, unlike many other signs of aging, a “turkey neck,” a double chin, or skin banding is nearly impossible to hide. Fortunately, we have effective options to address an aging neck and rejuvenate your appearance. By making a few small changes to the neck with a Neck Lift, you can look much younger and feel more confident.

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Personalized Neck Lift procedures to help you achieve your goals

Neck contouring requires an individualized, comprehensive approach to address your anatomical aging. It isn’t enough to simply tighten the skin; the natural contour and condition of the skin, muscles, and tissues of your entire lower face and neck all influence what neck lift treatments will work best for you.

At Belcara Health, we will develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve the results you desire with the least invasive approach possible. Depending on your specific concerns, goals, and anatomy, we may recommend removal or tightening of excess skin, fat removal for an improved profile, and/or muscle contouring to address bands and laxity. Neck Lift procedures can vary from simple neck liposuction, direct skin excision, to a formal neck lift that is often performed in combination with a facelift procedure.

What results can I expect?

By removing excess fat under the jawline, elevating the sagging and loose skin of the neck, and tightening the platysmal muscle bands (addresses the “turkey neck” appearance), a Neck Lift procedure helps to restore a natural, youthful, contoured jawline.

Who is a good candidate for a Neck Lift?

Patients with excess fatty tissue and sagging skin under the chin and in the neck, who are in good general health, and who do not smoke cigarettes may be good candidates for a Neck Lift. Patients need to have a realistic understanding of what can be accomplished with the procedure. Neck Lift surgery cannot stop the aging process; instead, it is meant to “turn back the clock” a few years. During your initial consultation, your Belcara Health Plastic Surgeon will discuss your concerns, goals, medical history, and expected result with you and determine the best treatment plan to meet your needs.

What does a Neck Lift procedure involve?

A Neck Lift is typically performed under moderate sedation or general anesthesia. A small incision is placed under the chin and as well as in front and behind the ear in a natural skin crease. These incisions are designed to hide in natural skin creases and minimize scarring while providing the necessary access to perform liposuction of the neck and lift and reposition the sagging tissues of the neck. A Neck Lift is often performed in combination with a Facelift procedure, using the same incisions.

Where will the procedure take place?

For your privacy, convenience, and comfort, Belcara Health offers an on-site surgical center. Because safety is our first concern, our facility meets the most stringent requirements. We are certified by Medicare and licensed by the state of Maryland as an ASC. We are one of the few outpatient surgical facilities to earn accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This high-level accreditation is proof of our commitment to the highest quality patient care and signifies that we have met the rigorous standards of a nationally recognized third party.

What should I expect during recovery?

Following neck lift surgery, you will be able to rest in the comfort of your own home. Because you will have been under anesthesia, you must have someone to drive you home after surgery. It may take several hours for the anesthesia medication to wear off, so expect to be groggy for a while.

Every patient’s recovery is different and depends upon the extent of their personal treatment plan. You may experience some bruising or swelling in the first few days following surgery, but these typically resolve in 1-2 weeks. Your surgeon will give you thorough instructions that are tailored to your individual case, but in general, patients can expect the following:

  • Rest in bed the day of surgery and limit activity for the next 3-5 days.
  • Avoid bending or lifting heavy objects for 1 week
  • Avoid strenuous activities for 2 weeks
  • Typically, you can return to work within 7 to 10 days.

What other options exist for neck rejuvenation?


If excess fat underneath the chin and on your neck is your major concern, liposuction may be what you need to see a more graceful, refined neck and jawline and get rid of a “double chin” appearance. Through tiny, easily camouflaged incisions, your surgeon will gently remove the excess fat under the chin, sculpting the area to achieve a naturally youthful neck contour. Patients with reasonable skin tone and moderate fat deposits are excellent candidates for this procedure.

Your surgery will be performed at our fully accredited surgical facility, the Clarkview Surgery Center. We work exclusively with board-certified anesthesiologists to ensure that your surgery is as safe as possible. After surgery, you will be able to rest in the comfort of your own home. Recovery can vary depending upon the operative plan and your overall health and wellbeing. It will be guided and supervised by your surgeon.


Kybella is a groundbreaking, non-surgical solution for reducing unwanted submental fat, commonly known as a “double chin.” By dissolving the excess fat under the chin, Kybella provides a smooth, defined jawline without the necessary downtime need to recover from surgical procedures. Since it was approved by the FDA in April of 2015, Belcara Health neck contouring patients have seen impressive results from this groundbreaking treatment.

Delivered in a series of injections to the chin with minimal discomfort, Kybella treatment results are permanent.  The number of treatments needed for final results are different for every patient and depend upon the individual’s anatomy, concerns, and goals.


CoolMini treatments offer a safe, effective and non-invasive solution to reduce fat under the chin that causes that dreaded “double-chin.” Just like CoolSculpting, the CoolMini freezes away fat permanently for a more defined jawline. The CoolMini applicator is curved specifically for the jawline for precise, effective results.  Learn more about CoolMini Treatments.

Can neck Liposuction, Kybella, or Cool Mini treat loose skin?

No. It is important to note that neck liposuction, Kybella, and CoolMini treatments will not address loose, excess skin under the chin.  Loose and sagging skin can only be corrected with a surgical facial and neck procedure such as a Facelift or Neck Lift. Learn more about Face Lift procedures.


The team at Belcara Health is TOP notch!   From the ladies at the front desk, all the nurses who took such good care of me, and especially my INCREDIBLE surgeon – everyone was wonderful. I look like I did when I was 25 – and I feel like I look 25!  I can’t recommend Belcara Health more highly.

Our practitioners who specialize in Neck Lift procedures:

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Dr. Bradley C. Robertson

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Facial Surgery Specialist

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Dr. Nadia K. Mostovych

Board-Certified Head & Neck Surgeon
Facial Plastic Surgeon

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Dr. Gary A. Vela

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Body Contouring Specialist

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Financing & Payment Options

Obtaining the funds for elective procedures and products can sometimes be difficult, especially in these challenging economic times. At Belcara Health, we have a dedicated financing department, designed to help you get the financing you need, for the procedures you want.

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