What is a neck lift?

A necklift is a plastic surgery procedure designed to rejuvenate the neck to a more youthful and attractive appearance. The benefits of neck lift surgery include removing any excess or redundant neck skin, reducing any localized fat collections, and correcting the visible muscle bands.

Necklift surgery can be performed on both men and women, and is frequently combined with other complimentary procedures, including a facelift, forehead lift, eyelid lift, facial fat grafting, cheek implants, or laser skin resurfacing to enhance your overall aesthetic result. During your consultation, Dr. Hoefflin will assist you in deciding which options are best for you.

When is the right time to consider a necklift?

Few areas of the body cause patients as much frustration like the aging neck. Over time, excessive fullness and muscle laxity develop. The skin loosens, thins, and muscle bands become more prominent. Redundant skin can hang down and sway, giving the appearance of a “turkey” neck. The time to consider a Los Angeles necklift is when the aging process and neck appearance become noticeable and bothersome to you.

Who is a good candidate for necklift surgery?

Ideal necklift candidates are patients who demonstrate facial jowls, excessive submental (double chin) and neck fat, redundant neck skin or a “turkey” neck appearance. In addition, patients should be in good physical health, non-smokers, psychologically stable, and demonstrate good skin elasticity. Importantly, patients should have realistic expectations about both the benefits and potential risks of necklift surgery.

What should I expect during my initial necklift consultation?

Your initial consultation with Dr. Hoefflin is an opportunity for you to discuss your desired aesthetic goals. It is helpful to bring a list of questions and concerns that can be specifically addressed. Commonly discussed necklift rejuvenation topics include incision types and placement, healing and recovery times, anticipated results, and the possibility of other complimentary procedures, including forehead lift, eyelid lift, laser skin resurfacing, cheek implants, and facial liposuction and facial fat grafting.

During your consultation, customized literature that discusses each specific procedure will be provided. Additionally, digital photographs of similar patients will be reviewed. Dr. Hoefflin believes digital photography can be a valuable tool in understanding the benefits and limitations of necklift surgery.

Will it be obvious that I’ve had a necklift?

Dr. Hoefflin spends significant time closing all necklift incisions himself. These incisions are performed with meticulously placed plastic surgery sutures, hidden by hair, or by natural facial or ear creases. Thus, great care and attention to detail assist in limiting and visible scarring. Nevertheless, the possibility of some scarring should be taken into account by anyone considering necklift surgery.

What types of necklift surgery are available?

During the procedure, different techniques and approaches are utilized, depending upon individual anatomy and requirements. In most patients, the underlying soft tissues and muscles are tightened, while excess fat is removed. In some patients, small incisions are made under the chin and behind the ear to tighten both the neck muscles and smooth our redundant neck skin. In other patients, only the chin incision may be necessary to address the central neck muscles. The result is a more natural and youthful attractive neck contour.

During your consultation, Dr. Hoefflin can best guide you in deciding which procedure is appropriate for your situation.

What types of anesthesia are used?

Dr. Hoefflin performs necklift surgery in Beverly Hills as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with deep sedation, as administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The procedure generally takes anywhere from one to two hours. All operations are performed in fully credentialed and state-of-the-art surgical facilities.

Where are neck incisions placed?

Typical necklift incisions are small and hidden behind the natural ear crease and underneath the chin. This is the portion of the incision that is ordinarily used for a facelift. Dr. Hoefflin spends significant time closing all incisions himself, allowing the incisions to become quite inconspicuous once they heal.

What is the recovery like after a necklift?

Patients are discharged home or to a recovery center with neck dressings and a compression garment. Dr. Hoefflin typically places small suction drains. Head elevation for two to three days is encouraged to minimize any swelling or bruising. Your neck dressings and drains are removed after twenty four hours in our office. Patients may shower after several days. Your healing is a gradual and predictable process. Slight to moderate bruising is common for the first week. All sutures are removed within seven to ten days. Patients typically look and feel confident enough to attend social events after two weeks.

Should I expect pain after the procedure?

Our patients are surprisingly free of discomfort due to the long acting local anesthetic nerve blocks that are used during surgery. Any residual discomfort is easily controlled with oral pain medication.

How long should I wait to resume exercise after necklift surgery?

Patients can return back to light or non-strenuous workouts after four weeks, with a full return to all activities after six weeks. Any premature participation in strenuous activities can result in a prolonged recovery or unanticipated complications.

How long will the results of my necklift last?

The results of a neck rejuvenation procedure can be dramatic. If performed by a properly qualified plastic surgeon, your neckline can appear tighter, more sculpted and contoured. After your necklift, most patients look seven to ten or more years younger. Dr. Hoefflin places an emphasis on natural, youthful results. The longevity of a necklift depends upon many factors, including one’s lifestyle choices, such as maintaining an ideal body weight, and avoiding drinking and smoking. If properly performed, necklifts can be repeated several times throughout one’s lifetime with excellent results.

What are the risks of necklift surgery?

When performed by a qualified surgeon, the risks of serious problems after a Los Angeles necklift are rare. Most complications are minor, temporary, and can be easily resolved with conservative time and treatment. Complications may include bleeding, infection, numbness, scarring, and nerve injury. Patients with a history of keloid scarring, radiation, autoimmune or collagen disease, and smokers, are all at an increased risk of complications. You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon’s before and after surgery instructions.

What can I do to best prepare for my upcoming neckift?

Dr. Hoefflin and his staff will supply you with a list of pre-operative instructions, including medications to avoid, in the days and weeks leading up to your Los Angeles arm lift. Importantly, These instructions include quitting smoking as it can have deleterious effects on wound healing and your final result.

What can I do to minimize my risk of bruising?

Aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, Advil, and virtually all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents thin the blood and can promote bruising. In addition, anything herbal, red wine, and homeopathic medications can do the same. To minimize bruising, it’s advisable to avoid these products for 10 days before a treatment.

Why is important to chose a board-certified plastic surgeon?

Your selection of a surgeon is as important as your decision to undergo cosmetic surgery itself. Many patients do not know that in most states, a licensed physician may perform plastic surgery without being board-certified in plastic surgery. This means someone not trained in Plastic Surgery could be performing your surgery.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Selecting a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery provides that your physician has completed the necessary and extensive training to perform plastic surgery and help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Does Dr. Hoefflin offer financing?

Yes, we offer financing to make our Los Angeles necklift procedure more affordable to our patients. To learn more about our financing programs, click here.

How can I get more information about necklifts?

To learn if you are a candidate for the Los Angeles necklift procedure, contact our offices for a complimentary consultation.