Patients desiring a tighter, smoother neck may consider neck lift surgery with Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. John Connors. This procedure is common among weight loss patients as it treats the hanging skin that can sometimes resemble a “turkey neck”. It also removes localized fat pockets and softens the appearance of wrinkles and lines. While skin tightening is the primary technique used during a neck lift, some patients will also require liposuction. Dr. Connors incorporates neck liposuction in the vast majority of his neck lift procedures. Patients with extra thick necks will require the removal of the subcutaneous fat layer as well as the tissue beneath the muscle.
"Dr. Connors and his staff are some of the most wonderful people I have met since moving to Atlanta. They truly care about you-how you feel, that you are happy with results, really they treat you like family. If anyone is considering plastic surgery, Dr. Connors is a must, he will make you perfect!"- K.E. / Yelp / Aug 28, 2015
"The procedure I finally got was 3 years in the works of planning, budgeting, meeting with multiple doctors and staff members. After I met with Dr. Connor and his staff, i knew I was 100%. Up until then there was something missing. Very calming and caring. Very well trained."- J.L. / Yelp / Nov 26, 2018
"From the front desk, to the nurses to Dr Connors himself they really do give you superb treatment. He is so ahead of the game with preventive treatments prior to surgery. My surgery day could not have gone smoother. I was not nervous and everyone made me feel so comfortable and well cared for. I wouldn’t go to anyone else. Dr Connors is thorough and his bedside manner is A+. His whole staff is incredible but I was fortunate enough to spend most of my time with Amber Hart who is hands down the sweetest nurse ever! Thanks everyone for all your sweet smiles every Time I came in."- K.B. / Facebook / Oct 22, 2018
"Dr Connors and the entire staff was absolutely amazing every step of the way for my procedure. I had done my research on the procedure and schedule a consultation. They were extremely helpful and answered all my questions and were very thorough/detailed with explaining each step of my procedure. This helped me relax and feel comfortable with my decision! The office is very clean and beautiful and the wait time is not long at all. The medical assistants will so transparent with me and that's what I loved most. Dr Connors made sure I was ready for my surgery day and everything went EXACTLY how they explained. While home a few weeks later I had questions and Maggie (such a sweetheart) answered them after hours and allowed me to email her if anything big or small bothered me. I just went in for my 1 year post op appt and I have to say I LOVE my results! I feel so beautiful and back to my pre pregnancy self! Thanks so much to Dr Connors and the entire staff! I hope someone reads this and share this same experience!!!!"- A.G. / Yelp / Sep 17, 2018
"I’ve hated certain areas of my body for years. As I’ve aged, they just continued to get worse & worse. After lots of research, I finally bit the bullet & scheduled a consult with Dr. Connors. Overall results are amazing. My recovery was probably harder than anyone else’s I’ve talked to. My body was angry & super slow to heal. But Dr. Connors & Dr. Maggie always made time to see me, up to twice a week at times. I know lots of women prefer female doctors, but Dr. Connors never made me feel the least bit uncomortable. He was always professional & easy to talk to. He isn’t “in it for the money”, & actually discouraged surgery/treatment in numerous areas I asked about. Dr. Maggie was incredibly patient with me, & went above & beyond during my recovery process. Nurse Ashley is a gem, truly gifted at calming clients’ nerves & so knowledgeable in her field. The scheduling/front desk girls Lisa & Kristy are fantastic & never fail to instantaneously answer my emails or spend all time the time in the world answering my million questions over phone. Heidi in aesthetics/surgery is the sweetest, always so comforting & understanding. Yes, Dr. Connors is very talented & reknowned for good reason, but there’s something really special about his office; they’re a family. They make you feel like you’ve known them for years, like you’re right at home. ??"- K.R. / Google / May 22, 2018
A neck lift will address several issues including the removal of excess fat, the trimming of hanging skin and the tightening of loose skin around the underlying neck muscles. An incision is made under the chin, and in some cases, behind or in front of the ears. If fat removal is part of this surgery, liposuction will be the first step. Next, the neck muscles (platysma) are pulled tight and the overlying skin is stretched and re-draped to achieve the desired definition. Sutures are placed deep within the neck wall and a drain may be inserted to control bleeding.
A neck lift is considered an outpatient procedure, performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. This surgery typically takes 2 hours to complete, but that will vary by surgical case. After surgery, there will be some bruising and swelling. Patients will feel tightness and a pulling sensation as the neck adjusts to its new position. Most patients are able to return to work within 7-10 days. It can take several months for the optimal results to appear and for the neck to look and feel natural.
The cost for a neck lift procedure will vary depending on the extent of the surgery and whether liposuction was used. If the surgery is combined with another cosmetic facial procedure, then the cost will increase. In general, most patients can expect to pay between $5,500-$9,000 for a complete neck lift.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,500 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2-4 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Neck Lift FAQs
Non-Surgical Neck Lift?
Loose skin within the neck is a distinct flaw that can only be removed through surgery. Unfortunately, this is the only true way to redefine a person’s neck and add the necessary definition needed to improve the contour and profile.
A neck lift does require an incision under the chin and near the ears. However, these are placed inconspicuously (within the hairline on the ears and under the chin) so looking straight ahead you will not see them. We make every effort during surgery to minimize visible scarring as much as possible.
Individuals in their 20s and 30s may benefit from a neck lift, especially those who have experienced a massive weight loss or have a hereditary defect of the neck. Patients in their 60s and 70s often undergo a neck lift to cosmetically treat the visible signs of aging.
Neck or Chin?
Some patients will have issues with their neck, but these problems may actually be the result of a “weak chin.” Without the proper support of the chin bone, the neck isn’t able to have a defined contour. A chin implant (genioplasty or mentoplasty) may be recommended to reshape the chin and make it wider or more prominent. This can have a great impact on the neck for many patients. This surgery is considered a reconstructive procedure and requires the skill of an experienced surgeon. A neck lift may still be needed once the chin has been corrected.