Neck Lift

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Gravity and aging are but a few reasons why our skin loses its elasticity and starts to sag. Also, genetics may play a part in excess fat or skin present in the neck and underneath the chin. A neck lift in Ann Arbor and Jackson, Michigan can help to improve the contours of the neck, chin, and jaw line by removing excess skin and fat that lead to a heavier, older appearance.

To learn more about a neck lift performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Pramit Malhotra, request a consultation, or call our Jackson office at (517) 789-9800 or our Ann Arbor office at (734) 913-5100. Dr. Malhotra is committed to "beauty revealed," seeing his patients for who they are and who they can be.


For a smoother and tighter neck area, many of our patients consider a neck lift. A neck lift procedure may:

  • Provide a more youthful appearance
  • Tighten loose or saggy skin of the neck, chin, and jaw
  • Remove excess fat from the chin, and neck
  • Require minimal downtime

A neck lift may also be combined with procedures such as a facelift. Dr. Malhotra often uses liposuction in his Jackson and Ann Arbor, Michigan offices to remove excess fat in this area of the face as well. Many of our patients report that a neck lift enhanced their self-confidence and was what they needed for a rejuvenated appearance.

Insider Tips

  • Liposuction alone can often improve the neck contour when done through 4 tiny incisions instead of just 1 under the chin.
  • You may need a procedure called plastysmaplasty if you have bands of muscle that show when you contract your neck.
  • Quick recovery techniques with tumescent anesthesia dramatically reduce swelling and bruising.
  • For men, a neck lift with a small extension in front of the ear can often produce more natural results than a full facelift.
  • Some patients can have a limited neck lift procedure using liposuction and a small 3.5 cm incision in the crease below their chin.


Candidates for a neck lift have excess skin or fat underneath the chin, and jaw in the neck area. Patients have realistic expectations about what a neck lift can do for them.

General Procedure

There are 4 common procedures used for our neck lift patients:

  • Chin, and neck liposuction: This involves 2 small 6 mm incisions in the chin crease, and one near each ear. This procedure does a good job of addressing fat in the central neck area.
  • Limited incision neck lift: This involves liposuction of the neck and jaw line, and a 3.5 cm incision in the crease underneath the chin. This can help people who have heavier necks with tissue concentrated in the central neck.
  • Neck lift: This involves liposuction, incisions under the chin, and incisions behind the ear. This will remove excess skin and give the best results.
  • Extended neck lift: This is a procedure that we have designed to include the benefits of a neck lift but address some jowl and jaw line issues as well. This procedure involves a small extension of the neck lift incision from behind the ear to in front of the ear.

Recovery Process

Typical recovery time for a neck lift is about 7 to 9 days.