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Neck Lift

A neck lift is the most dramatic way in which the skin and soft tissues of the neck can be tightened. If you are considering this facial rejuvenation procedure, you can trust Arkansas Plastic Surgery in Little Rock. Dr. Young is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has completed a 3-year comprehensive Plastic Surgery Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina as well as having extensive training in neck lift surgery. Our team can help improve visible signs of aging and give you a more youthful appearance. Schedule a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeons — contact us today!

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A neck lift is performed when the lower neck has loose skin and/or subcutaneous tissue. Every patient is unique, and treatment is tailored to each individual. A neck lift could entail simply tightening the skin, the removal of excess fat, or the repair/manipulation of the superficial muscle (platysma) of the neck.

Neck lifts are limited in the amount of skin that can be removed, as patients with extremely loose skin, often require a full facelift, which also includes lifting the neck. A neck lift cannot reposition the anatomic relationship between the chin and hyoid bone which ultimately determines the sharpness of the neck as seen in profile view.

“Neck bands” are caused by changes in the platysma muscle over time. This muscle is thin and connects the jawline to the lower neck. Prominent bands can be managed either surgically or non-surgically (neurotoxin paralysis), but surgery is the only long-lasting means to manage these unwanted bands.

Neck cosmetic surgery can treat:

  • Loose neck skin
  • Extra fat and skin on the neck
  • Excess fatty deposits under the chin
  • Muscle banding in the neck that abnormal contours




A neck lift procedure is tailored to each patient. The incisions used, typically start at the lobe of the ear and extend around the back of the ear in a natural groove, so as to minimize apparent scars. The incision is then transitioned into or near the lower hairline to allow for the removal of excess tissue. Oftentimes, a small incision is placed in the natural crease underneath the chin which is usually unnoticeable once healing has completed. Skin, fat, and muscles are dealt with on an individual basis depending on a patient’s specific needs.

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What to Expect After Your Procedure

Bruising and swelling are common for a week after neck lift surgery. Incisions naturally progress through a maturation process. The procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery so you can recover in the comfort of your own home. Most patients feel comfortable in social settings just a few weeks after surgery.


Patients with good skin quality and only mild skin laxity may be better suited to a less invasive means of rejuvenating the neck, but this can only be determined during consultation and exam. Patients with thin, crepe-like skin will oftentimes not respond well to non-invasive measures and are better suited to surgical intervention.

A neck lift may be a good option for you if you:

  • Are physically healthy
  • Are a nonsmoker
  • Have a positive outlook and realistic expectations for the improvement of your appearance
  • Feel as though your neck area doesn’t match your upper facial appearance but do not want a full facelift


Arkansas Plastic Surgery is a leader in aesthetic surgery in Arkansas. We have over 25 years of service to the Central Arkansas area with a track record that reflects the meticulous and caring attitude that our entire team shares when approaching the needs of our patients.

Begin your neck lift discussion by scheduling a consultation with our experienced team!


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