What You Should Know About Neck Lifts

What You Should Know About Neck Lifts

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess fat and stretching the underlying tissue to tighten the skin around your neck and jowls. It’s also known as a rhytide lift or a platysmaplasty. A neck lift is an effective way to restore your natural V-shaped profile when you have developed jowls or loose skin from aging, weight gain, natural growth, or an accumulation of sun exposure. A neck lift may be the perfect solution if you feel self-conscious about your jawline and double chin appearance. Here is what you need to know about neck lifts before making an informed decision.

How Can a Neck Lift Alter Your Appearance?

A neck lift can eliminate sagging skin and excess fat from your jawline, making your face appear more youthful. This procedure can also help you achieve a more defined jawline, making you look slimmer and more attractive. A neck lift can also make your chin appear more prominent and improve the appearance of lines around your mouth.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?

A neck lift can be beneficial for both men and women of any age, ideally, those who want to reduce the appearance of sagging jowls and a double chin. A neck lift procedure is recommended for patients who do not smoke, have no medical conditions that may slow down the healing process, and are generally in good health.

What Happens During a Neck Lift Procedure?

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and can last for a few hours. A neck lift surgeon will make incisions to remove excess skin and fat to restore the natural shape of your face and neck. The surgeon will lift and reposition the underlying muscles and connective tissue during a neck lift. The surgeon will then use sutures, staples, or clips to close the incisions.

Recovery Time After a Neck Lift

You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital and help you with daily activities for a few weeks. You can expect to experience swellings, bruising, and discomfort after the surgery but your doctor will prescribe pain medication to alleviate this pain. Avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting so the stitches can remain intact. Your surgeon will provide detailed instructions on caring for your incisions and what you can do while recovering, speeding up the process, and minimizing pain and scarring.

How to Find a Qualified Plastic Surgeon

When choosing a plastic surgeon, you must find someone with whom you feel comfortable and confident. It would be best to choose a board-certified surgeon who operates in an accredited facility and has the proper training while doing the procedure. Before your consultation, you should do some research on the surgeon and the practice to make sure they are qualified and reputable.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about the neck lift procedure, contact Allegany Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation appointment with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carptenter. His artistic touch and exceptional care for his patients will reassure you as you plan for your neck lift procedure.

Recover in Time for the Holidays with One of These Procedures

It might be too late to start planning a bigger surgery like a breast augmentation or tummy tuck if you want to recover in time for the holidays, but there are plenty of nonsurgical treatments that can give you effective results! Some of our most popular nonsurgical options include:


A SAFE lift or, suture assisted facial elevation, is like a less invasive facelift! Using techniques such as liposuction, conservative skin excision, and suspension sutures, this procedure can treat mild to moderate sagging in the face. Because the skin is not lifted off of the tissue like it is in a traditional facelift, the recovery is much quicker with less discomfort. Most patients can return to normal activity within one to two days with a full recovery time of five to seven days.


If you want to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles without an invasive surgery, you might consider Botox. Botox is an injectable treatment that temporarily limits muscle contractions that are causing wrinkles. The treatment process only takes about ten minutes and can give effective, lasting results after just one session.

Cellulaze Cellulite Treatment

Virtually all women report having some degree of cellulite. Many individuals make the mistake of thinking cellulite is a result of excess fat, however, cellulite is actually a structural problem with the tissue beneath the skin. Cellulaze targets cellulite at the source using laser energy. The energy is delivered to the dermis to produce stronger skin and increase elasticity. After treatment with Cellulaze, you might experience some mild symptoms like bruising and swelling, but you will be able to return to all normal activity within a day or two. Get the result you want in time for the holidays with one of these treatments! To schedule an appointment and find out what you are a candidate for, contact our office today.

Repair your Skin with Chemical Peels

After a long summer in the sun, your skin will often show some signs of wear or damage. Now that the weather is growing cooler and your time in the sun will be reduced, this is the perfect time to consider chemical peels to help you achieve a clearer, more youthful complexion.

Chemical Peels

Here at Allegany Plastic Surgery, we offer two types of chemical peels: ZO 3-Step Peel and the controlled depth chemical. Chemical peels are great for the reversing of skin aging and sun damage. The acids in the chemical peels increase cell turnover in the skin, revealing a fresher complexion.

ZO 3-Step Peel

This peel is a simple peel that can be used for unwanted pigmentation and minor skin aging. This peel may be perfect for the younger patient or someone with a more sensitive skin type. Like most peels, your skin care practitioner will be able to customize your treatment to your skin by adjusting the application time before the solution is neutralized.

Controlled Depth Chemical Peel

The Controlled Depth Chemical Peel is medium depth peel that addresses both the epidermis and dermis. This peel is more advanced in comparison to superficial peels that do not penetrate any deeper than the epidermis. This type of peel is better for the more dramatic signs of aging due to its potential for a deeper reach. If you are interested in learning more about chemical peels and which one might be best for your skin, contact our skin care experts at Allegany Plastic Surgery!

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