The neck is one area where gravity can begin to take a toll, causing loose skin over time. When the skin and fat begin to sag, it can cause a double chin or “turkey neck”. This can make you look older or heavier than you really feel. Although non-surgical options can be effective, a surgical procedure can sometimes be the best option to reshape and lift the tissues in the face and neck.


A neck lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure that is considered the gold standard in neck contouring. It can be performed alone or with other procedures like a facelift, midface lift, or brow lift. Combination surgeries like a full facelift provide a more complete result. Although non-surgical options like Botox® or radiofrequency skin tightening can be good options for neck rejuvenation, the neck lift can be the most rejuvenating and long-term option for sagging skin and excess fatty deposits.


The best candidates for a neck lift are those who have excess skin and fat cells underneath the chin and jawline that haven’t responded to a nonsurgical neck lift. Often, patients who can benefit from a facelift can also benefit from a neck lift, and vice versa. As such, Dr. DiFrancesco will discuss your best options during a consultation at our Atlanta office. It’s important to be in good health and able to undergo surgery, so you’ll also discuss your health history to avoid potential risks.


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Neck Lift Procedure

The neck lift is often performed under general anesthesia. It requires careful, small incisions behind the ears and within the hairline so that Dr. DiFrancesco can access the underlying tissues. The neck muscles and tissues are tightened and repositioned, creating more youthful contours. Additionally, excess fat and skin are removed before the incisions are closed. After a brief monitoring period, you can return home with the help of a friend or family member.

Neck Lift Recovery

After a neck lift procedure, you can expect some swelling and discomfort which can be managed with prescribed medications. It’s important to follow Dr. DiFrancesco’s aftercare instructions which will include avoiding heavy activity and sleeping with your head elevated (to reduce swelling). You can expect to take around one week away from work or social engagements, but most patients return to normal activity levels within two weeks. As you continue to recover, you’ll see your results refine and improve. Most patients see long-term results with a neck lift, and Dr. DiFrancesco can discuss the best ways to maintain your results in the future.

Schedule a Consultation

The neck lift is an effective option to rejuvenate and refine your neck and chin for a sculpted profile. To begin discussing your surgical facial rejuvenation options, contact our Atlanta office to schedule a consultation with Dr. DiFrancesco. We invite you to call or fill out our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a facelift and neck lift cost?

A facelift and neck lift can cost around $15,000. However, this price can change depending on the practice and payment methods.

What is a lunchtime facelift?

A lunchtime facelift or a “liquid facelift” is a form of facial rejuvenation that doesn't use surgery or invasive techniques. It can be completed in under an hour and patients can return home immediately following the procedure.

How do I prepare for a neck lift?

Patients should be in good health and eat a healthy diet with exercise. They should stop all herbal medication, NSAIDS and aspirin prion to surgery.

How much does Neck Lift Cost?

The average price of a neck lift is around $5,000. However, DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery offers financial assistance as needed. Call our office to inquire further about this option.

Is Neck lift surgery dangerous?

When done by an experienced professional, a neck lift is a safe procedure. However, it is still an invasive surgery that comes with possible risks, such as bleeding and infection.

What is mini neck lift?

A mini neck lift is a procedure that is less invasive and requires less downtime than a traditional neck lift.

How do I tighten my jawline?

The are several ways to tighten your jawline from minimal invasive to major surgery. They depend on the amount of fat and loose skin you have. Minimally invasive procedures include Thermistor and Infini Rf Microneedling. Both are best for mild skin laxity. A neck lift is needed for more severe skin laxity. Finally, liposuction can be combined with any of these procedures to remove unwanted fat from the jawline and neck.

How long does it take to recover from a neck lift?

Patients should take around one week away from work or social engagements, returning to normal activity levels after two weeks.

What is a liquid facelift?

A liquid facelift uses fillers and injectables to add volume and fill lines and wrinkles creating a more youthful appearance.

What is the best treatment for saggy neck?

A neck lift with be a long-term solution to a sagging neck, but there are other non-surgical options that can be explored. Patients should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon will determine which procedure is best.

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that tightens the skin in the neck area. It can be performed alone or with other procedures like a facelift, midface lift, or brow lift.

What is a non surgical neck lift?

A non-surgical neck lift uses non-invasive options to lift and sculpt the neck. These can include the use of injectables, topical ultrasonic liposuction, non-invasive skin tightening, or fat grafting along the jawline.

Whats involved in a neck lift?

Performed under general anesthesia, a neck lift requires carefully-placed incisions behind the ears and within the hairline. The muscles and tissues of the neck are tightened and repositioned, and excess fat and skin are removed before the incisions are closed.