What are the steps of a neck lift plastic surgery procedure?

The neck lift is a plastic surgery procedure that affects one of the most prominent and visible areas of the body, the neck. The appearance of the neck can impact the overall appearance of a person due to its proximity to the face.

Neck lift cosmetic surgery involves the removal of sagging skin in the neck region. At times, the patient may also undergo the restructuring of the underlying neck muscles or loose skin.

At the time of the pre-operative consultation, the cosmetic surgeon will explain the various steps involved in neck lift surgery to the patient. Patients with detailed information on the neck lift usually feel more assured about the procedure and accomplish satisfactory results.

Board certified plastic surgeon Roger Tsai, MD provides neck lift to patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA , and surrounding communities.


When preparing for the neck lift surgery, the patient will need to make some changes to their lifestyle in the weeks ahead of the procedure.

The surgeon may change the patient’s schedule of prescription drugs, vitamins, herbal supplements, and blood thinners for a specific period in discussion with the prescribing doctor or specialist.

The patient should get adequate rest and a good night’s sleep prior to the procedure. In addition, they should not eat anything for up to eight hours before the scheduled time of the procedure.

The patient should also wear comfortable, loose-fitting, and front-open clothes to the surgical facility. They should not wear any makeup, jewelry, or accessories to the surgical venue or hospital.


The surgeon will undertake the neck lift surgery with the patient under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation.

If the cosmetic surgery is performed with the patient under general anesthesia, an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will oversee the entire procedure to monitor the patient’s response to the anesthesia.

The patient’s fitness to receive general anesthesia will be established before the procedure.

Placing the Incisions

Neck lift surgery usually requires the placement of relatively smaller incisions. An experienced neck and facial cosmetic will make the incision in discreet areas such as underneath the chin, behind the ears, or in the natural creases of the neck.

The placement of smaller incisions leads to faster healing. Any future scarring will also remain minimal. However, the surgeon will determine the size and location of the incisions based on the amount of fat and skin to be removed.

The location and type of incisions also depend on whether the neck lift procedure is being performed along with a facelift.


Certain patients may only need neck liposuction to sculpt the neck. But others may require more dramatic improvements through the removal of neck fat and skin, and tightening of the underlying neck muscles. On top of this, the surgeon may also eliminate a portion of the platysma muscle to tighten sagging neck muscles.

Sometimes a neck lift is undertaken along with precision liposuction to eliminate fat in the neck area that is challenging to remove with only diet and exercise.

Cosmetic surgeon Roger Tsai, MD receives patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and nearby areas for neck lift.

For more information on cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and treatments by Beverly Hills board certified plastic surgeon, Roger Tsai, MD please click here or call us at 310.276.1190. Taking patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Orange County, Southern California and other surrounding cities.

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