What is a Neck Lift?
With more than ten years of experience, our San Francisco, CA board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Charles K. Lee, can provide you with striking improvements to your neck profile. He performs neck lifts for men and women who want to reduce the amount of lax or "hanging" skin from their neck. Within a neck lift, Dr. Lee also performs platysmaplasty, which is a surgical procedure to tighten up the platysma muscles in your neck. He offers neck lift consultations at his private practice, L Plastic Surgery. Whether you have aging neck skin or loose skin on the neck from weight loss, Dr. Lee can put together a surgical plan that meets your needs. A neck lift is a surgical procedure that specifically addresses the redundant skin or a "turkey neck" appearance. We commonly have consultations with patients for neck lifts that can also include fat removal via liposuction. Explore your options with Dr. Lee by scheduling your first appointment today.
"When you want work done to your body or face, you want to make sure you go to the right doctor. It took me years to finally choose one and I'm so glad I chose Dr. Lee. He is an amazing surgeon and I would definitely recommend him to anyone that wants any procedures done. It's been 5 weeks since I got breast augmentation and they're healing very well. The scars are very light and will get even lighter after time. He will give you his honest opinion about your suggestions and will make you look very natural. Most doctors just want your money and do whatever you want, but Dr. Lee cares about his reputation and that's why he gets so many referrals. I have a ton of friends who are going to him after seeing my breasts. I absolutely love them :)"- S.R. / Yelp / Jan 25, 2020
"Highly Recommend! - I wanted to get double eyelid surgery since I was young but never knew what the process was like or which surgeon to pick. None of my friends had the procedure done so I had to base my decision on online reviews. After spending months researching, I picked Dr. Lee because he had the best reviews and seemed the most competent during the consultation, and I’m so glad I did! The entire process went very smoothly, from the consultation, surgery itself, and follow ups. During the consultation, Dr. Lee took the time to understand exactly what I wanted my eyelids to look like. He and his staff clearly explained what I would expect during and after surgery, as well as how to take care of my eyelids. He also met with me at various stages post-surgery to make sure my eyelids were healing properly. As a result, I experienced minimal discomfort during recovery and am very happy with my results— my eyelids look very natural, just how I wanted them to be! Dr. Lee and his staff are professional, competent, and reassuring, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him!"- S. / RealSelf / May 22, 2020
"Been shopping around for quite a while to look into getting an old tattoo removed. Spoke with a few places and decided to go with L Plastic Surgery as they are honest and realistic about how they treat these tattoos along with the cost behind it. After my consultation, which was free. I made an appointment to get the process started. The pain was not as bad as most people tend to describe it for myself at least. Definitely would recommend anyone looking into getting a tattoo removed to come here. Will be going to my second session this week."- H.T. / Yelp / May 12, 2020
"Amazing bedside manor and staff was just as kind. I was very nervous and Dr. Lee was so comforting. He heard my concerns since this was a revision and was very communicative. When I woke up from surgery he was right there and extremely empathetic. Lastly, I love my breast implant/lift. I would go to no one else. Did I mention he was referred to me. Thank you Dr. Lee and staff!!!"- A.H. / Yelp / Apr 22, 2020
"Experienced and professional - I am so pleased with my results! - I am so pleased with my results! I had Botox in my brow/crows feet area which turned out amazing, no bruising. I had a lift and implants placed 5 months ago and they look amazing! Highly recommend."- N. / RealSelf / Apr 20, 2020
Do I qualify for a Neck Lift?
If you are considering a neck lift, you may battle with visibly loose skin along the neckline. Whatever the reason may be, loose neck skin causes an older, unbecoming look, which in most cases can only be addressed with skin excision and a tightening technique. If you are at a healthy weight but you feel frustrated by lines, wrinkles, and loose skin on the neck, a neck lift surgery may be a suitable option.
Dr. Lee's Surgical Technique
Neck lifting procedures by Dr. Lee are often be performed in the L Plastic Surgery office under local anesthesia. Once you are prepared for the surgery, Dr. Lee will make small incisions at your ears and one under your chin. If it is in your surgical plan to have neck liposuction, Dr. Lee will perform that procedure first. Then, he will also tighten the platysma muscle. When he removes the excess skin on your neck, he will carefully excise it and suture the remaining skin in tight. Once the procedure is finished, you will be in recovery for a short period and then sent home You will be given aftercare instructions and a compression neck brace to hold your newly shaped neck in place during the first 3 – 4 weeks of healing.
Neck lift recovery
After a neck lift, there will likely be some bruising, swelling, and moderate discomfort. These effects will fade. You should rest and avoid strenuous activity for a couple of weeks to assist in the healing period. While recovering, button tops or loose-fitting clothing is ideal. You should see visible aesthetic differences very quickly. In fact, it has been noted that the neck lift treatment can make one of the biggest impacts on a profile. You will have a follow-up appointment at L Plastic Surgery within the week of your surgery. This is for Dr. Lee to check the progress of your incisions, answer your questions, and document any concerns you have post-procedure. In the interim, if you have any concerns or questions about your health from the surgery, please do not hesitate to call our office.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I ask for a neck lift or neck liposuction?
Dr. Lee will determine what is needed after seeing your neck and talking to you about your aesthetic goals for the surgery. A neck lift will only target excess skin – not fat. To qualify for neck liposuction only, you would have extra pockets of fat but still have great skin elasticity. Many patients have stubborn fat and lax skin on their neck. Dr. Lee can create a customized surgical plan with all three: liposuction, neck muscle tightening, and skin excision.
Will I have visible scars?
Dr. Lee will perform your neck lift with the intention to conceal the incisions. Neck lift surgery does include an incision below the chin and two more near the ears. We can also provide you with instructions on proper scar care, which will help your incisions to heal thin and flat.
Can I combine a neck lift with other facial surgeries?
Yes. During your consultation, you can mention that you are considering another surgery, like a facelift or chin augmentation, along with a neck lift. It is normal for these additional procedures to be done together to get the best results. If you are concerned about a weak chin or undefined jawline, talk to Dr. Lee so he can create a treatment plan based on all your concerns.
tIghten up Your Neck
Contact L Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, CA for a complimentary consultation for a neck lift (with or without neck liposuction). This procedure will take years off of your appearance and you will love looking at the results in the mirror. You do not have to live a self-conscious life with lax neck skin. We are excited to share this exciting plastic surgery with you. Dr. Lee will evaluate you with the utmost care and give you a detailed treatment plan. Let's get started. Call for an appointment today.