Neck Lift

Your neck contains some of the most delicate and sensitive skin on your body. It’s also one of the first areas to show signs of aging. The skin around the neck and jaw line can become slack, resulting in a “wattle” that can be difficult to remove even with proper exercise, diet, and skin care. This is why so many men and women in Connecticut choose a neck lift from the cosmetic surgery practice of Dr. Ellen Mahony.

Ellen’s neck lift procedure tightens the skin and muscles around your neck and repositions fleshy and loose folds of skin. For many patients, a neck lift can be combined with liposuction for the neck and jaw region, threadlifts for the mid-face region, eyelid surgery, or a face lift. In fact, a neck lift is very often a part of a more comprehensive Menopause Makeover.

In addition, Dr. Mahony recommends that you prep for your necklift surgery with one of her Platelet-Rich Plasma procedures to address the deepest layers of your face and neck skin by stimulating collagen production, increasing blood flow and stimulating elastin fiber repair.

Whether you’d like to know more about a neck lift only, or in combination with other procedures, a consultation with Ellen is an excellent and prudent next step. During this one-on-one session, she’ll answer any questions you have, in plain, direct language. And she’ll explain each procedure in depth, including what to expect before, during and after surgery, risks, and pre- and post-op information.*


Is there anything I can do after my necklift to help extend the results longer?

I wish I had a magic time-stopping capsule we could all go to sleep in each night to help slow (or reverse!) the signs of aging. Unfortunately, aging is happening every minute. I recommend that my necklift patients keep their weight stabilized, maintain a healthy diet and use physician-grade skincare products to keep the texture of the skin moist and supple.

Where are the incisions made for the neck lift?

Neck Lift surgery can be accomplished from a variety of incisions, depending on the extent of the procedure. As an example, a person with a heavy ‘turkey gobbler’ neck may best achieve her/his goals with an incision in front of the ear, extending to behind the ear and also an incision below the chin. Another person may only need an incision in front of the ear or even just below the chin. I would make recommendations based on the person’s goals and physical exam.

What causes the “turkey neck”?

Just like the face, the laxity we see in the neck is a combination of loose skin and stretched muscle. This combination changes the slope of the neck and adds a redundancy of soft tissue folds…turkey gobbler neck.

At what age can a neck lift be performed?

Age is not really the most important variable. I would rather focus on whether the procedure is appropriate and likely to meet the person’s goals.

Are the results permanent?

No, regrettably nothing is permanent! The aging process continues every minute despite the steps we may take to slow it down. I would hope that 5-8 years or greater could be expected. Factors that will influence this duration are your health, your age, your weight, the quality of your skin and steps you take to protect your neck in the future.

What should I expect postoperatively?

Most people are aware of a sense of tightness when turning their head. In addition, there may be some numbness. I like everyone to wear a contouring garment (similar to a head band) for about a week after the surgery. But, you can shower the next day!

When will I be able to return to work after undergoing a neck lift?

Plan on 5-7 days as a minimum.