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Excess skin of the neck can have a huge impact on our overall appearance and can make us look heavier or older than we actually are. A neck lift has the ability to correct sagging neck skin, rejuvenating and bringing balance to the entire face and neck area. 

Benefits of a neck lift

A neck lift will make you look like your best self by restoring a defined neck and jawline. Aging and weight fluctuations often result in the development of excess fat and loose, drooping skin beneath the chin, and a neck lift can achieve dramatic results. The procedure can:

  • Define the chin, neck and jawline
  • Remove excess fat from under the chin
  • Tighten sagging neck skin
  • Soften neck wrinkles
  • Sculpt the jowls
  • Achieve a more contoured and youthful neck
Neck Lift

Who gets a neck lift?

A neck lift can achieve beautiful results, taking years and pounds off your appearance. Many patients are embarrassed by the “turkey wattle” under their chin, and often cover it up with clothing. For others, the neck skin looks crepey or creased. A neck lift is an ideal option for those who feel their neck is making them look older or heavier than they are. 

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Neck lift surgery details

A neck lift is performed under local anesthesia and light sedation, or with IV sedation. The incisions are made both under the chin and behind the ear, and the exact position and length of the incisions will be determined by how much skin needs to be treated. Dr. Craft makes the incisions carefully, keeping in mind their visibility.

The skin will be separated from the muscle and underlying fat, and the fat is gently removed, which contours the neck and jawline. The underlying muscle is tightened, and the excess skin is raised and removed. The incisions are then closed with sutures.  


After the neck lift, your head will be wrapped with bandages which you will need to wear for a few days. You will have some bruising, swelling, and mild discomfort.

Dr. Craft can prescribe or recommend medication to help with this. Most patients need about two weeks to recover from neck lift surgery. It’s important during this period to avoid bending your back and to keep your head elevated.

You will be given detailed instructions for home care to help your recovery go smoothly.

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Final results from a neck lift will become apparent within four months, after swelling and bruising has completely faded. The scars should fade within a year, but will look better and better each day before that. Neck lift results last for many years. 

Neck lift candidates

If you’re interested in a neck lift to improve your double chin or “turkey wattle”, you may be a great candidate. The best candidates for a neck lift are non-smokers in general good health, and should have realistic expectations for what a neck lift can accomplish. 

Why choose ACARA?

If you’re considering getting a neck lift in Phoenix, please schedule a consultation with us. Dr. Randall O. Craft at the Arizona Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Aesthetics has the credentials, the experience, and the artistry to carry out safe and effective neck lift procedures with beautiful, natural-looking results. As a double board-certified, Harvard-trained surgeon, Dr. Craft provides patient-centric, compassionate care with an emphasis on safety. To schedule a consultation, please call or contact us online. 

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