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
"For 10 years I thought and considered doing a breast implant. The desire for the procedure intensified a year and half ago and I started searching for the best cosmetic surgeon. I did several consultations with quite a number of them but when I consulted with Dr Lee, I knew without a doubt that he was the surgeon I have been looking for, for a year and half. Apart from great reviews and qualifications of Dr Lee, I felt his passion and excitement for what he does. You could see that he loves his job and genuinely cares about his clients. He took time to explain in great detail, the procedure. Dr Lee and his beautiful, kind staff spent at least two hours with me. I knew that consultation day that my search for the best cosmetic surgeon for my breast implant was over. The day of the surgery October 2019, I was relaxed and ready because I knew I was in good hands. The procedure went smoothly. Dr Lee strictly instructed the nurses how to take care of me to the point of how to position me, that was going above and beyond. I had a follow up with him twice a week. In all the follow ups, he assessed the surgical site and changed the dressing himself. The outcome of my surgery was simply beautiful..perfect. I am grateful to Dr Charles Lee and his staff. He gave me my confidence and happiness back."- N.K. / Yelp / Feb 10, 2021
"My Amazing Double Eyelid Surgery Experience - I'd been wanting to get a double eyelid surgery for a long time, and had spent years browsing through different doctors and offices in LA, SF, and even Korea. I had monolids and asymmetry that I desired to change. As soon as I turned 18, I was eager to get the procedure done, and found the reviews for Dr. Lee's practice to be most promising. Additionally, it was located close by to where I was soon to be moving. Even with the obstacles posed by COVID-19, Dr. Lee and his staff - Diana is lovely! - made me feel extremely comfortable; it felt like they truly listened to and cared about my wants and needs. They were also wonderfully supportive, and didn't once judge the fact that I was young and going about the entire process on my own. Dr. Lee played music during the surgery, and kept me updated throughout the whole procedure. From first consultation to follow-up was smooth, detailed, and enjoyable - their communication and customer service is impeccable. I am now about 5 months post-op, and couldn't be happier with the results; not only is the look very natural per my preference, but scarring is already minimal. I am able to experiment with all the makeup looks that I couldn't have achieved before, and I wake up feeling beautiful, confident, and more like myself every day."- S. / RealSelf / Feb 08, 2021
"It’s been 8 months since I had eyelid surgery with Dr. Charles Lee. I’m very happy with the results. He did such a wonderful job. Dr Lee and his staff are very nice and professional. They all made me feel comfortable. I’m just upset I didn’t do it sooner, but better late than never."- F.S. / Yelp / Jan 30, 2021
"Dr Lee was incredible. He understood where I was at in my botox journey and gave me the right units to achieve a natural look. I mostly was aiming to prevent my frown lines near brow and forehead. I was referred to him by a friend and am very happy with the results."- D.K. / Yelp / Dec 17, 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.