A neck lift is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat around your jaw line, creating a more defined and youthful-looking neck. A neck lift is often done as part of a face-lift. Results can be long lasting if you maintain your weight.

  • Expertise. At Mayo Clinic, neck lifts are done only by board-certified doctors specially trained in facial plastic surgery. If the need arises, you have access to all of Mayo's specialists.
  • Time for you. Your Mayo Clinic specialist will take the time to discuss options and answer your questions about neck lifts.
  • Efficient care. At Mayo Clinic, your appointments are coordinated, so you usually can complete your evaluation and treatment in a few days.

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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.

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Specialists in plastic surgery and ear, nose and throat (ENT) at Mayo Clinic in Arizona perform neck lifts.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 (toll-free) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Specialists in plastic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Florida provide neck lifts.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 904-953-0853 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Specialists in facial plastic surgery (ENT) and plastic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota perform neck lifts.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

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Apr. 11, 2014