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Necklift 101


A neck lift, also known as a lower rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck. For patients who do not feel ready for a full facelift but notice excess wrinkling and loose skin in the lower part of the face, a necklift is the ideal solution.

Often, this plastic surgery is performed in combination with other face surgeries such as eyelid surgery and brow lifts to achieve the most effective aesthetic outcome.

What is a Necklift?

A necklift enhances the appearance of the neck by addressing wrinkles and sagging skin caused by either age or weight loss.

It is designed to create a firmer, smoother and more refined appearance and can also help balance facial features by providing a better defined jaw line.

A necklift can successfully address a number of aging concerns such as:

  • Excess fatty deposits under the skin
  • Loose neck skin
  • Jowls
  • Muscle banding in the neck

Although necklifts are often performed in conjunction with other plastic surgeries such as facelifts, a rhinoplasty or eyelid surgery, it can also be done as a stand alone procedure.

Step-By-Step Guide To A Necklift Procedure

A necklift is performed under general anesthetic and in most cases, is a simple and safe outpatient procedure. 

  1. Your plastic surgeon will make small incisions under your chin and/or behind the ears
  2. The neck muscles are tightened as desired and sewn together
  3. Once this is completed, any excess fat or skin is trimmed away
  4. The skin tissue is repositioned and secured with sutures
  5. Incisions are closed and bandaged to promote healing

Am I a Candidate For A Necklift?

For patients who notice excess wrinkling of the neck skin, a double chin or jowl lines, a necklift may be the ideal solution.

In general, good candidates for this plastic surgery include:

  • Healthy individuals who have no serious medical conditions
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with realistic expectations of the surgical outcomes

During a presurgical consultation, your plastic surgeon can help determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for a necklift.

What are the Risks & Benefits of a Necklift?

A necklift can provide incredible results for patients. However, before opting for any plastic surgery procedure, it’s important to fully understand the associated risks and benefits.

This will allow you to make a fully informed decision about whether or not the surgery is right for all your aesthetic needs.



Results are permanent so long as the patient maintains a stable weight

Temporary or permanent hair loss along the incisions

A simple, quick & safe plastic surgery procedure

Numbness or other changes to skin sensation

Can be combined with other face surgeries for optimum results

Surgical risks including bleeding, infection and poor wound healing

Natural, youthful appearance

Facial asymmetry

Can significantly improve your neck and jawline

Unfavorable scarring


During your consultation, these risks and benefits will be discussed fully to ensure that you’re completely comfortable with your decision to undergo a necklift surgery.

If you have any questions regarding this plastic surgery, it’s important to address all your questions to your surgeon.

Learn More

To find out more about the costs and benefits of a necklift surgery, contact our private Kelowna health centre at 250-868-9799 or toll-free at 877-505-8895.


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