Neck Lift

A smooth, firm neck and contoured jawline contribute to an attractive, youthful appearance. A loose, sagging neckline can detract from an otherwise vibrant, healthy look, as can a double-chin or excess fat on the neck. As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Houtan Chaboki has extensive training and experience performing facial rejuvenation procedures. He offers neck lift surgery in Washington, DC, to help patients from Arlington and Ashburn, VA; Bethesda and Chevy Chase, MD; and surrounding cities restore definition to the jawline and tighten the neck.

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Before & After Neck Lift Case 177 Front View in Washington, DC
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Lower Facelift, Neck lift with liposuction, and fat transfer to sculpt the face of an older male

More men are getting facial cosmetic procedures, as there is less stigma and a greater acceptance of men undergoing cosmetic surgery. This growth in the male aesthetic demand comes from men in all areas of life, from "millennials" to "baby boomers".The neck is one the most popular areas that men look for cosmetic improvement. The... Read More
Before & After Neck Lift Case 189 Front View in Washington, DC
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Neck Liposuction to slim the face and neck of a younger woman

Many women and men visit us to improve their neck and jawline. They consider options such as a neck lift, facelift, and liposuction of the neck, cheeks, jawline, or face. Our Washington, D.C.atients may be uncertain what is the "best" procedure to lift the neck or provide better definition and sculpt the jawline.Lip... Read More
Before & After Facelift Case 157 Front View in Washington, DC
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Revision facelift, neck lift, and eye lift to rejuvenate the appearance of an older woman

Sagging neck skin gradually develops as one gets older. In addition, fat accumulates under the chin and facial bones thin over time. Each factor plays a different role in every patient to create an aging neck or submental fullness (i.e. a double chin). Plastic surgery options will vary based on a patient's anatomy and personal... Read More
Before & After Neck Lift Case 154 Front View in Washington, DC
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Lower facelift with chin augmentation and neck liposuction to tighten and sharpen the jawline of an older woman

A double chin gradually develops in many as one gets older. Fat accumulates under the chin, loose skin and muscle of the neck sags, facial bones thins, and glands fall with time. Each anatomic factor plays a different role in each patient. For example, some patients have excess neck fat, while others may have a weak chin bone. As a result, tr... Read More
Before & After Facelift Case 252 Front View in Washington, DC
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Face/Neck lift with blepharoplasty and a chemical peel to rejuvenate the face of a middle-aged woman

Natural and refreshed! Patients who choose facelift and neck lift procedures may have complaints such as a full neck, sagging jowls, or double chin. Dr. Chaboki evaluates the underlying anatomy of bone, fat, skin, and muscle to diagnose the reason for each patient's specific appearance and then determines the "best" plastic sur... Read More
Before & After Facelift Case 206 Right Oblique View in Washington, DC
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Face/Neck Lift with silicone chin implant to rejuvenate the appearance of an older woman

Loose skin affects everyone to various degrees. Plastic surgeons typically observe skin laxity and sagging neck skin in patients over fifty. Fat also accumulates under the chin, and facial bones become thinner over time. Each anatomic factor (skin, muscle, fat, bone, etc) plays a different role in each patient to create a double chi... Read More
Before & After Neck Lift Case 87 Front View in Washington, DC
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Neck liposuction with fat transfer to tighten and sculpt the face and neck of a middle-aged woman

Washington DC facelift candidates often ask plastic surgeons if alternatives exist for a traditional facelift. While nothing yet replaces face lift surgery for its rejuvenating effect, non-surgical options have been developed that can improve one's appearance without the downtime of traditional facial cosmetic surgery. Part of the reason non-... Read More
Before & After Neck Lift Case 96 Right Side View in Washington, DC
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Chin Augmentation with neck liposuction to tighten and lift the jawline of an older woman

Facelift candidates in the Washington DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia areas are always looking for alternatives to a traditional facelift, which has long incisions and a prolonged recovery. A traditional facelift to rejuvenate the neck and jawline used to be the only option years ago. Modern plastic surgeons now utilize a variety of minim... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Neck Lift Improvements

Dr. Chaboki typically performs neck lift surgery as part of a facelift for optimal rejuvenation. Some patients choose neck lift surgery as an individual procedure. This procedure provides a variety of benefits, including:

  • Smoothing wrinkled skin along the jaw and neck
  • Defining the jawline
  • Removing excess fat deposits such as heavy jowls or a double chin
  • Tightening sagging neck muscles to correct vertical banding

How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost in Washington, DC?

There are many factors that go into determining the cost of your surgery. You can read more about them on our Fees & Financing page. At the end of your consultation with Dr. Chaboki, we provide you with a written quote that reflects the anticipated cost of your specific surgery.

Your Facial Rejuvenation Options

Dr. Chaboki performs a variety of surgical and nonsurgical procedures to reduce the signs of aging. He can perform these procedures individually or along with a neck lift. Options include:

  • Chin augmentation enhances bone structure with a solid silicone chin implant.
  • Facial sculpting with liposuction provides a defined jawline and neck by removing excess fat.
  • Nonsurgical facelifts with injectable treatments enhance the neck and jawline with minimal downtime.
  • KYBELLA® injections can reduce the fat causing a double chin without surgery.

Dr. Chaboki will review your options with you during your comprehensive evaluation and determine a treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and cosmetic goals.

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Double Board-Certified
Facial Plastic Surgeon

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Chaboki has extensive knowledge of the intricacies of the face and neck. When you choose him for your procedure, you’re choosing one of the most reputable facial plastic surgeons in DC, as well as a nationwide leader in preservation rhinoplasty.

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How a Neck Lift Is Performed

Dr. Chaboki performs neck lift surgery using either IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia. He places a small incision in a natural crease under the chin and may make additional incisions behind the ears if necessary. He then tightens the neck tissue to reduce sagging or a double chin. Some patients require only liposuction to define the jawline and neck.

Recovery After Neck Lift Surgery

The immediate recovery from neck lift surgery varies, but normally takes 1 to 3 weeks. Patients wear a light neck and face bandage for a short period of time to minimize bruising and swelling.

Your Renewed Look

After your neck lift, you’ll appreciate a younger and more attractive version of yourself, without an overdone appearance. As your neck lift surgeon, Dr. Chaboki strives for safe and natural facial rejuvenation.

How Long Does a Neck Lift Last?

Neck lift surgery improvements typically last 10 to 15 years depending on skin elasticity, lifestyle, and other individual factors. Because the aging process will continue, wrinkles and sagging skin will eventually develop. You should look better than if you had not had the procedure in the first place.

Secondary neck lifts are generally considered several years after the original procedure. Additional procedures such as BOTOX, facial fillers, or laser treatments are often used to help maintain a youthful appearance. These nonsurgical treatments typically are started a few months after surgery.

Neck Lift FAQs

Who is a candidate for neck lift surgery?

Neck lift candidates generally have some of the following qualities, but circumstances may vary for each person: 

  • Good general health
  • Over 20 years old 
  • Weak, receding, or double chin 
  • Excess neck skin or fat 
  • Jowls or loose skin tissue along jaw line 
  • Time available for recovery after surgery 

As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Chaboki will tailor the neck lift appropriate for you. The neck lift is customized to your degree of facial aging, underlying anatomy, and most importantly your personal goals. Some patients require a limited or mini lift, while other patients would benefit from a full facelift or traditional lift. Only after a comprehensive evaluation can we help determine appropriate options for you. 

Where are the incisions placed for a neck lift?

Neck lifts typically require a small incision under the chin. This chin incision is well hidden in a natural crease and is used largely to access fat in the neck for liposuction, chin augmentation, or neck muscle tightening. 

Additional incisions may be made behind the ears for patients who undergo neck liposuction or a facelift. The facelift incision may be anywhere from the temple, side burns, around the ear, and/or upper neck. The incision location and length varies largely based on the age of the patient and how much lift an individual needs. Dr. Chaboki will minimize the incision but maximize the lift, without creating an unnatural appearance. The facelift incision, regardless of exact location, fades over time. 

What are the different types of neck lift?

A neck lift may be performed via a chin implant, neck liposuction, or as part of a facelift. 

What is the platysma?

The platysma is a thin layer or sheet of muscle in the neck. The platysma muscle sags with age and contributes to the appearance of “bands” in the central neck area. The platysma is continuous with the SMAS (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system), a layer of fat and muscle tissue just under the skin surface of the face. Modification of the SMAS is the main component of most facelift surgery, not just the skin. Long-lasting facelift results are obtained by lifting and tightening the SMAS through a variety of techniques. 

Does insurance cover neck lift surgery?

Dr. Chaboki provides the finest in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery at affordable prices, and participates with most insurance plans. Plastic surgery covers a broad area of medicine, which includes both reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. If your procedure is medically indicated, some portion of the cost may be covered. The office accepts insurance in applicable cases and will, if you wish, contact your insurance company to find out if your procedure will be covered. Insurance coverage varies greatly between patients; however, plastic surgery may be partially or fully covered. 

Can I combine cosmetic neck lift with other facial surgery?

Yes, it’s generally preferred to combine procedures. First, by combining surgery, insurance may cover a portion of the procedure, and you may save money on fees. Secondly, tissue modified from one area may be used for another surgical area. Lastly, the recovery process following surgery would only be once, and you minimize downtime by avoiding 2 separate procedures. Procedures commonly combined with neck lift surgery include the following: 

When can I resume regular exercise after neck lift surgery?

Strenuous activities or exercise after plastic surgery will increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, and bruising, until an appropriate amount of healing time has been allowed. This restriction during the recovery period varies based on the operation performed and patient’s medical condition. Light activities, such as slow walking, may be performed soon after anesthesia wears off. Heavy activity, such as aerobics, yoga, cycling, running, heavy lifting, or similar vigorous activities are allowed after 2 weeks. Contact sports are generally allowed after 6 weeks from surgery. 

Will I need time off work after neck lift surgery?

Most patients plan approximately 1 to 2 weeks off from work. A longer period of recovery may be necessary for combined procedures. Many patients feel “restaurant ready” within 1 to 2 weeks. 

How long is the procedure?

Surgical neck lifts vary depending on the specific needs of the patient and surgery. Neck liposuction or chin augmentation normally take less than an hour, while traditional full face lifts may take a few hours of precision surgery. 

What type of anesthesia is used during neck lift surgery?

Minor surgery is normally performed with local anesthesia. Neck lift surgery is normally performed with either IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia at accredited facilities with a licensed anesthetist. Patients are safe and comfortable during the procedure. 

Where is neck lift surgery performed?

Dr. Chaboki practices facial plastic surgery at several DC area surgical facilities to accommodate his patients. Minor procedures with local anesthesia are performed in the DC office. Surgical procedures with IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia are performed at accredited facilities with a licensed anesthetist. 

  • Georgetown University Medical Center 
  • MedStar Surgery Center 

To discuss your goals for cosmetic facial surgery and the areas that you would like to improve, request your cosmetic consultation with Dr. Chaboki online or call his office at (202) 800-2085.

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