How to Know Whether Neck Lift Surgery is Right for You

By: Dr. Shoib Myint


As we age, it’s common for skin to look thinner and begin to droop, and that’s particularly true of the delicate skin on our neck. That’s because our bodies don’t produce as much collagen and elastin as they used to. Luckily, you can do something about troublesome sagging skin on the neck that may age you or result in a double chin or the dreaded “turkey neck.”

Board-certified and fellowship-trained Oculo Facial Plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Shoib Myint helps patients deal with troublesome neck skin at locations in Beverly Hills, CA and Las Vegas, NV. Below, we’ll look at the details of neck tightening and the neck lift recovery process. Then, you can schedule a consultation at Myint Oculo Facial Plastic Surgery to find out if neck lift surgery is right for you.

What conditions can a neck lift treat?

Our necks often betray our age, but if you’ve spent time in the sun or lost significant weight in the past, it may have accelerated the process of skin thinning and sagging on and around your neck. Sagging or loose neck skin can also be caused by environmental factors, genetics, and simple gravity.

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your neck, neck lift surgery is one of the only treatments that can treat both excess fat and excess skin. So-called nonsurgical “neck lifts” can only do the former.

Dr. Myint offers neck lift surgery to eligible patients looking to target the following problem areas:

  • Double chin or fat accumulation under the chin

  • Loose and sagging neck skin (or “turkey neck”)

  • Skin relaxation or drooping that creates sagging jowls

  • Protruding muscle bands in the neck

Are you a good candidate for neck tightening surgery?

Most people who consider neck surgery are troubled by hanging skin or feel the appearance of their neck does not match the more youthful-looking skin on their faces. Patients considering surgical neck tightening are often not yet ready for a full facelift and simply want to address wrinkling, fatty deposits, and excess skin on the neck area only.

Neck lift surgery is typically performed on healthy patients who do not have medical conditions that might impair their healing. The age at which people first start to consider neck rejuvenation can be anywhere from 35 – 65.

In general, good candidates for neck lift surgery include:

  • Nonsmokers

  • Patients healthy enough to heal efficiently

  • Patients at a healthy weight

  • People with realistic expectations considering their age and the condition of the skin on their neck

  • Those who are not ready to have a full facelift

Patients who want to target multiple issues on the face and neck should speak with Dr. Myint about the potential for other surgeries. Dr. Myint can inform you what procedures may be right for you, how far apart to space them, and any procedures that can be combined, such as liposuction and a neck lift for those carrying excess weight.

What to expect from neck lift surgery and neck lift recovery

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from around the jawline and requires sedation. Neck lift recovery time is different for everyone, but you can generally expect a recovery period of around two weeks.

Neck lift patients will receive aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing and comfort during their neck lift recovery. Since a small drain will be inserted under the skin at the time of surgery, patients will return to Myint Oculo Facial Plastic Surgery after two days to have the fluid drained. Then, after about a week, Dr. Myint will remove stitches if your healing is going well and swelling is under control.

Dr. Myint will instruct individual patients on how to keep swelling to a minimum during neck lift recovery and give advice on maximizing the results of your surgery by keeping pressure off the face and neck.

While minor swelling may persist for a few months, that’s also when your results become visible, and the process pays off. Neck lift results can last 10 – 15 years.

Neck lift surgery in Beverly Hills, CA or Las Vegas, NV

Because neck lift surgery requires multiple appointments, finding surgeon you trust is crucial. By scheduling a private consultation with Dr. Shoib Myint, you can find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure. For your convenience, Myint Oculo Facial Plastic Surgery has locations in Beverly Hills, CA and Las Vegas, NV.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.