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
"I had liposuction and body contouring by Dr. Connors, and my life is changed. He literally eliminated my biggest insecurity. He is an amazing surgeon with an amazing team from the office staff to the anesthesiologists. I was supported every step along the way, and everything I wanted was considered and discussed. I had clear expectations from Dr. Connors, and I was given all the tools and information to heal successfully after surgery. The office was also always available when I had questions. I never write reviews, but I am so thankful to this office. Seriously, I cannot say one bad thing about my experience. Thank you Dr. Connors! Thank you Dr. Drake! Thank you Carey! Thank you Tammy! Thank you Kristy! Thank you Jamie!"- L.C. / Google / Oct 12, 2020
"This is my second procedure with Dr. Connors, the first time was an absolutely amazing experience and my results were fantastic! The second time was just as great! The ladies up front create a welcoming environment, while making you feel safe through this pandemic. The educated nurses in the back walk you through the process step by step and answer any questions you might have. Coming from a medical background,I have always been impressed with there standard of care. I have referred friends and family to him! He makes you feel comfortable discussing whatever it is that brought you there. From beginning to end they take care of you. Would highly recommend!"- M.B. / Google / Sep 05, 2020
"Dr. Connors performed my rhinoplasty procedure in July of 2014. It has been completely life-changing. For as long as I can remember, my nose was something that I was very self-conscious about. Dr. Connors took the time to explain the entire process and procedure, all of the risks and benefits, and a realistic expectation of the results. He also used the Vectra 3D imaging system to actually show me a projected outcome of the procedure. The imaging showed the manipulated image of the nose on my face, so I had a good idea what I would look like after the surgery. This really helped to put me at ease because I knew he and I were on the same page regarding the results. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Connors and his office for any surgical or non-surgical procedure. You won't get better results or a more caring surgeon and staff!"- K.H. / Google / Aug 09, 2020
"AMAZING!!! From the staff to the Doctor himself, my entire experience was beyond my expectations! Everyone was so friendly and very knowledgeable about my procedure. I felt very well informed and prepared for my surgery. I love my results and I’m so glad I decided to choose Dr. John Connors for my breast augmentation!"- L.M. / Google / Aug 07, 2020
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- 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.