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Get the infusion of youth and vigor you have been missing by eliminating loose skin and fatty deposits in the neck and jawline.

New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Preminger can help people with questions about necklift determine whether they are good candidates.

A smooth, clearly defined jawline is one of the hallmarks of youth and good health, but it is also unfortunately among the most noticeable casualties of the aging process. Sagging skin and the accumulation of unwanted fat deposits in the neck area can combine to create what many refer to as a “turkey neck.”

If you are interested in reclaiming the smooth neck skin of your youth, or if you have always had fatty deposits in the neck area, leading Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. Preminger can help. Necklift surgery is an outpatient cosmetic option for those who are ready to make a significant change in this area.

Quick Facts

Procedure Length

2-3 hours


Either general or local with sedation

In/Out Patient

Generally outpatient


Infection, allergic reactions to medication and/or anesthesia

Side Effects

Swelling, bruising, numbness


2-4 weeks

Duration of Results

10+ years

A profile of a beautiful woman touching her neck.

Preparing for necklift surgery

There are many misconceptions about all types of plastic surgery. So anyone considering necklift surgery should schedule an initial consultation to discuss goals, expectations and potential risks of the procedure.

Generally speaking, one of the best candidates for necklift surgery are individuals between the ages of 30 and 70 who are in good health, who have excess areas of skin beneath the chin that are exhibiting decreased elasticity, and those with excessive fat accumulations in the neck area that have caused a loss of definition.

Dr. Preminger will take a comprehensive medical history to assess overall health, existing medical conditions and any known drug allergies.

Prior to a necklift operation, it is important for patients who smoke to quit in order to facilitate proper healing. It is also advised that certain medications be stopped in advance of the surgery to stave off the risk of excessive bleeding. Dr. Preminger will take every possible step to ensure that you have one of the best possible experience both during and after your neck lift procedure.

Necklift procedure

Multiple surgical techniques can be used to perform a necklift, depending on the desired results and the specific characteristics of the patient. In some cases, an incision is made behind the ear in order to facilitate the removal of excessive neck skin. In other instances, an incision is made beneath the chin so that the skin of the neck may be released from underlying muscles. This enables a tightening of the skin without the necessity of removing any excess.

In older patients, skin can be removed from beneath the chin by using a zig-zag-shaped incision, making for a more simplified procedure.

Some patients will also benefit greatly from liposuction performed during the same procedure, should there be particularly large amounts of excess neck fat. Once completed, all incisions will be stitched closed and the healing may begin. A typical necklift will last roughly 2-3 hours and can be performed either under general anesthesia or under local anesthesia combined with sedation, depending on the patient’s desires.

In most cases, necklift surgery can be completed on an outpatient basis.

"Droopy skin, muscle laxity and fat deposits in the neck are the result of many factors including genetics, lifestyle choices, and simple aging. A successful neck lift gives patients a second chance to live without that nagging physical insecurity."
B. Aviva Preminger, MD


It is necessary to allow for sufficient recovery time following a necklift procedure, though most patients are able to return to normal activities and work within 1-2 weeks of their operation. However, individuals wishing to resume vigorous exercise or sports will need to wait at least three weeks before doing so.

Some bruising and swelling is likely to occur following a necklift procedure, though cold compresses can be useful in minimizing the effects. Minor discomfort may be experienced by some patients, but it can easily be treated with conventional pain medications.

In certain instances, a drainage tube may be inserted during the procedure itself, though it will be removed within a day or two, causing minimal, if any, inconvenience. Staples and sutures are generally removed 5-10 days after surgery, and patients should take care not to disturb them in the meantime.

Though it is important to be mindful of any signs of infection that may arise, the necklift recovery process actually requires little more than a willingness to rest, comfortable surroundings and some patience.

Great results from necklift surgery

Sagging neck skin, wrinkles and double chins have an undeniable aging effect on men and women alike. A necklift can reduce pockets of unwanted fat, rid the neck of drooping muscle bands and tighten slackened skin. The end result is a defined, rejuvenated appearance that you may have feared was impossible to reclaim.

Distinct improvements in appearance are visible almost immediately following a neck lift, though the final results may require another few months to fully emerge. Scarring resulting from these procedures is minimal, and frequently imperceptible.

What makes the necklift particularly desirable for many is the fact that the beautiful results it routinely produces often last for years and years.

Necklift Surgery in Manhattan

If the passage of time has begun to take a toll on your neck and jawline, a necklift procedure performed by NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Preminger can restore contour and definition to the neck, making a dramatic difference in your facial appearance.

To schedule an initial consultation to discuss the impressive possibilities, contact our New York City office by calling (212) 706-1900 or contacting us online.

Request a consultation today.

Whether you are ready to jump right in or still have questions, we can help.

If you are ready to make a change to your appearance, choose the best plastic surgeon and cosmetic team for your procedure. Aviva Preminger, MD Aesthetic Plastic Surgery offers intricate procedures to reshape the face, breasts and body, as well as rejuvenating treatments to look your best at every age.

Contact us today at our office in Manhattan to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Preminger and begin your journey to feeling and looking your best!

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