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Neck lifts and facelifts have long been heralded as the go-to procedures for reversing the signs of aging. As we age, the skin on our face and neck can lose elasticity, leading to sagging, wrinkles, and the dreaded “turkey neck” appearance. Fortunately, modern surgical techniques offer effective solutions to combat these issues, providing patients with a rejuvenated and youthful appearance. In this guide, we explore everything you need to know about neck lifts and facelifts, including how they can be combined to truly defy aging.

Neck Lifts

A neck lift, also known as a lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to address sagging skin and excess fat in the neck area. During a neck lift, incisions are typically made behind the ears and under the chin, allowing the surgeon to access the underlying muscles and tissue. The muscles may be tightened, excess fat removed, and the skin repositioned for a smoother, more contoured appearance. This procedure is ideal for individuals who are bothered by the presence of a double chin, jowls, or loose neck skin.

Neck Lifts Can Treat:

  • Sagging skin in the neck area due to aging or weight loss
  • Excess fat deposits or fullness under the chin (double chin)
  • Vertical bands or lines in the neck caused by weakened muscles
  • Loss of definition along the jawline and chin
  • Turkey wattle appearance caused by loose skin and muscle laxity
  • Horizontal creases or wrinkles on the neck, often referred to as neck rings or necklace lines
  • Uneven or undefined contours between the chin and neck area


A facelift, or rhytidectomy, targets the lower two-thirds of the face, addressing sagging skin, deep creases, and loss of volume. Incisions are strategically placed around the hairline and ears, allowing the surgeon to lift and reposition the underlying tissues. Excess skin is trimmed away, and the remaining skin is tightened for a firmer, more youthful look. Facelifts can take a decade or more off the face, helping you reclaim your younger self.

Facelifts Can Treat:

  • Sagging or drooping skin in the midface region, including the cheeks and around the mouth
  • Deep creases or folds extending from the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds)
  • Loss of definition along the jawline, resulting in jowls or a sagging jaw
  • Excess fat deposits or fullness in the lower face and neck
  • Hollowing or loss of volume in the cheeks and temples
  • Wrinkles and fine lines on the face, such as crow’s feet and forehead lines

Combining Neck Lifts and Facelifts

While neck lifts and facelifts can be performed as standalone procedures, many patients benefit from combining the two for comprehensive rejuvenation. By addressing both the face and neck simultaneously, surgeons can ensure a more harmonious outcome. Combining these surgeries allows for a seamless transition between the neck and face, minimizing the risk of mismatched results. Additionally, undergoing both surgeries together can reduce overall downtime and recovery compared to having them done separately.

The Benefits of Combination Surgery:

  • Achieve a more dramatic outcome, effectively turning back the hands of time
  • Create a more symmetrical and balanced appearance, ensuring natural-looking results
  • Reduced overall downtime compared to having separate procedures
  • Cost savings compared to undergoing each procedure individually

Choose the Right Surgeon

When considering neck lifts and facelifts, it’s essential to choose a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with extensive experience in these procedures. Dr. Michael Chiodo is a board-certified, fellowship-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon known for his meticulous attention to detail and commitment to delivering natural-looking results. You can trust Dr. Chiodo to help you achieve your aesthetic goals and truly turn back the hands of time.

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