The Why's, What's and How's of Neck Lifts


Is your neck revealing your age? Are you wearing a turtleneck or scarves in summer to hide your neck? What other tricks are you doing to hide the banding and sagging on your neck? It’s time to stop with the games and cover-ups and call Dr. Magassy to talk about a neck lift.

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a surgical cosmetic procedure that repositions both the skin and the underlying support tissues on your neck, the muscles. A neck lift improves the structural definition on the neck and tightens the skin and the muscles that cause the vertical bands. One main goal is to remove banding , excessive skin, and fat that is a unique facet of aging on our necks.

Would a neck lift be right for me?

Some people think that the face is the only thing that shows signs of aging. The neck is definitely an area for better or worse, usually worse, that can really display the signs of aging and when undertreated can adversely affect the rejuvenation efforts invested in the face above.

A neck lift/lower facelift with Dr. Magassy will improve your jawline profile and will remove fat pockets under your chin that are contributing to a double chin. It will also address sagging and banding on the middle and lower neck. As well as repositioning the sagging of the lower face by reposting the tissues to restore the youthful you.

We’ve discussed that our clientele is becoming younger in a past blog. For neck lifts, patients in their thirties may have non-surgical procedures, such as "FaceTite", and/or liposuction done to rejuvenate their neck. After 45-50 years of age, Dr. Magassy will discuss surgical procedures that repositions and adjusts fat and muscle as opposed to non-surgical treatments that will provide very modest results and tightening.

What are the most common neck procedures?

There are ways to restore a youthful appearance to the neck using a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures.

BOTOX® Cosmetic and Injectable Fillers

FaceTite - The newest and most advanced contouring & refinement, FDA approved procedure that is a great solution for individuals who are looking to improve appearance of saggy skin due to an assortment of aging and facial contouring issues. FaceTite is a minimally invasive procedure that shapes, tightens and lifts without the scalpel or scar. Dr. Magassy is one of the very few surgeons that performs this latest procedure.

Liposuction - An aging neck typically produces a double-chin. To eliminate this condition, liposuction can be performed that permanently removes excess fat deposits from the neck area.

Neck Lift - A neck lift adds a rejuvenating appearance to the neck by removing excess skin and layers of fatty tissue while tightening the muscles and the remaining skin to provide a more sculpted neck.

How is a neck lift done?

The neck has three layers: skin, fat, and muscle. When someone reaches 50 or so, typically at least two of the three structures are affected to some degree. So, if two or three structures are affected, then two or all three need to be addressed.

A neck lift starts with an incision behind the ear and occasionally in the curves inside the ear. Through that incision, Dr. Magassy is able to reposition and adjust underlying fat and muscle. Then he will trim excess sagging skin, and re-drape the skin into a higher final position. To remove fat in the jowls, Dr. Magassy usually uses a small amount of liposuction. This helps create a sculpted, more defined profile.


After surgery, a compression garment will be worn to support and add light pressure onto the newly placed skin. This garment helps with swelling and drainage and it allows the skin to adapt to its new underlying contours more quickly. This recovery doesn’t involve acute pain, but you will have some discomfort. Your lower face will feel tight and you’ll have to refrain from elevating your chin for a couple weeks to not stress the area.

There are a number of factors which can cause an individual’s face to lose its youthful appearance, including age, sun damage, or even genetics. Board certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Magassy, analyzes each patient’s specific areas of concern in detail, and tailors the operation to best meet the patient’s goals and expectations. Dr. Magassy reviews their plans with each patient in a relaxed and confidential environment, and pays meticulous attention to the details of the operation, in order to minimize scars, obtain a natural look, and provide the patient with a safe and speedy recover.

Don’t trust any type of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to the “cheapest” doctor and remember, that the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten. Make sure you look at the surgeon’s credentials to make sure they are top-rated and most importantly, board certified. Plastic Surgery Associates’ private surgical suite is conveniently located in McLean, VA for patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. We look forward to scheduling your consultation and welcoming you to Plastic Surgery Associates, PC. Or, call 703-790-5454 to schedule your consultation today.

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