Treatment at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

A neck lift is outpatient cosmetic surgery that removes fat that has accumulated around the jaw line. If the skin is very loose, Mayo Clinic specialists might recommend a face-lift.

A neck lift can be done with sedation and local anesthesia, which numbs only part of your body, or under general anesthesia. Your Mayo Clinic doctor will discuss with you the options, including:

  • Liposuction. The surgeon makes a tiny incision behind each ear and under the chin. Specialized equipment suctions fat from the jaw line and beneath the chin. The procedure lasts one to two hours. The result, if your skin is resilient, is a more defined neck area.
  • Cervicoplasty. The surgeon makes a small incision beneath the chin (and sometimes around the ears) and tightens the neck muscles underneath. Excess skin and fat also might be removed. The procedure takes two to three hours. Cervicoplasty is recommended for people who are overweight.
  • Submentoplasty. The surgeon makes a small incision in the curve of your neck and tightens the neck muscles. Liposuction also might be used. The procedure takes about 45 minutes. Mayo specialists might recommend submentoplasty if you are near your ideal body weight and have a moderate amount of loose neck skin and fat.


At Mayo Clinic, you receive close follow-up care to ensure proper healing. After a neck lift, you might have swelling and bruising. You might need to wear a special garment that compresses your neck and helps reduce swelling. The neck-compression garment is usually needed for three or four weeks after liposuction, five to seven days after cervicoplasty, and four or five days after submentoplasty. You probably can return to work and resume activities within a week.

April 11, 2014