The telltale signs of aging are highly visible on the neck – with deep wrinkles, lax muscles and crepey skin. When this occurs, a neck lift can restore a smooth and youthful appearance.

Introduction to Neck Aesthetics

Ideally, a woman has a long, smooth neck that makes her look and feel graceful. A man’s neck, meanwhile, should provide support for a masculine jawline that signifies strength.

As men and women age, the skin of the jaw and neck naturally loses strength and tissue begins to sag. In many cases, excess fat and muscle develop, dramatizing this effect.

An aging neck can cause the jawline and chin to lose its youthful angle and make the person appear older or even overweight.

A platysmaplasty, or cosmetic neck lift in Paradise Valley, restores the jawline, chin and neck to its youthful appearance to produce a proportional chin. Issues addressed include excess skin, excess fat, neck bands or a “turkey wattle” appearance.


An overview of the traditional neck lift

The traditional neck lift is the most common form of this procedure. It is ideal for men and women with advanced signs of aging.

The Procedure

A platysmaplasty involves the removal of excess fat and skin beneath the chin and neck to restore definition to the area. Dr. Shapiro, a Scottsdale plastic surgeon, will also tighten the neck muscles to restore a sharp jawline.

Our Paradise Valley patients with good skin elasticity, who are typically younger, may have this procedure performed through a single small incision beneath the chin.

For older patients who have a very relaxed neck or poor elasticity, incisions will be located behind the ears to remove excess skin. If a significant amount of tissue must be removed, a drain may be placed overnight to prevent a build-up of fluids that may cause complications.

This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia in an operating room setting. If you choose to receive liposuction as well, this will be performed first to target fat on the neck and diminish a “double chin.” Next, muscles are released from the skin and tightened. Skin will be firmed and excess tissue removed through hidden incisions under the chin and around the ears.

The Recovery

The final result will take time as the swelling dissipates, however, some results will be apparent immediately following surgery. Most of our Phoenix patients achieve the full, optimal results within six months.

Bruising and swelling after the platysmaplasty surgery are usually minimal, although the neck may feel sore and tight with mild to moderate pain that will be controlled with oral pain medication prescribed by Dr. Shapiro.

There may also be numbness around the incision sites for a few weeks. Bruising and swelling -should dissipate within a 7-14 days. Patients are encouraged to keep the head and neck still following the procedure to allow for healing.

The head should also remain elevated during sleep for the first one to two weeks to minimize swelling. Most of our Paradise Valley patients are back to socializing after a week or so.

Combining a chin implant with your neck lift

A balanced chin is necessary for a beautiful neck, for both men and women. Many of our Scottsdale patients who have chosen the platysmaplasty procedure also have chin implant surgery performed at the same time. This implant can be added through the same incision beneath the chin and complements the results beautifully.

Neck Liposuction

Neck liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure designed for patients who retain good elasticity in their skin, usually younger patients, and for whom a neck lift would be unnecessarily extensive. Neck liposuction is different than a neck lift; only extra fat is removed with liposuction, but many of the newer forms of ultrasonic liposuction can assist in significant skin tightening. No skin is removed, and as a result, there are fewer smaller scars than a neck lift. Dr. Shapiro, a facial plastic surgeon, performs this procedure in his Scottsdale office.

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Nefertiti Neck Lift

This procedure uses Botox to redefine the neck and jawline by smoothing, lifting, and tightening the area. Injections are placed along the lower jawline and down the sides of the neck. The toxin causes the neck muscles, skin, and wrinkles to relax. Once the muscles are relaxed in the neck, the facial muscles will actually overcome the pull of the neck muscles, and help lift the fat and skin into place. The net effect is a shapely jawline, a youthful neck, and a smooth lower face.

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Are You a Candidate?

The best neck lift candidates are in good physical health with fairly good skin elasticity. Patients should have realistic expectations about their results and be able to devote at least one full week to the recovery process.

In addition, the procedure is ideal for Phoenix men and women who want to address any of the following issues:

  • Double chin or fat under the chin
  • Turkey wattle appearance or loose neck skin
  • Jowls, or excessive skin and fat along the jaw
  • Excessive skin or fat on the neck
  • Neck bands

Meet Dr. Daniel Shapiro

A world-class plastic surgeon in a league of his own.

Dr. Shapiro is an award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon with over 26 years of experience in his field. With impressive technical skill and a talent for creating natural-looking results, his practice has become a leading destination for discerning patients throughout the country.

Known for his compassion and honesty, Dr. Shapiro strives to educate his patients so that they are empowered about their care. He carefully explains the procedures, expected results, and techniques in a way that anyone can understand. Additionally, he personally guides his clients every step of the way – from the initial consultation to their post-operative care – to ensure an enjoyable experience and the best possible results.