Neck Lift Specialist

YCO Facial Plastic Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery & Otolaryngology located in Encinitas, CA

Jowls and a “turkey neck” are telltale signs of aging that you don’t have to accept, but you can do something about them with neck lift surgery. Dr. Mario Yco of YCO Facial Plastic Surgery is a dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose, and throat surgeon who specializes in neck lifts to help men and women fight the signs of aging for firmer skin under their chin. Call the Encinitas, California office or schedule a consultation using the online system to learn about the benefits of neck lift cosmetic surgery.

Neck Lift Q & A

YCO Facial Plastic Surgery

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat deposits from under your neck, so your skin appears tighter, smoother, and firmer.

It's a safe, effective procedure that Dr. Yco performs with minimal incisions and offers natural-looking results. When combined with other cosmetic procedures like a face-lift or laser resurfacing, you can achieve a beautiful, more youthful appearance.

Since the signs of aging may be most prominent in your neck, getting rid of your turkey wattle, double chin, or sagging jowls can make a big difference in your overall appearance.

Who is a good candidate for neck lift surgery?

Men and women in good overall health who want to eliminate sagging skin under their chin may be candidates for neck lift surgery.

It’s helpful to have a good skin tone, sufficient elasticity, and to have realistic expectations of how a neck lift will naturally help you. Good skin tone and elasticity helps your neck retain it’s desired appearance after the neck lift procedure.

Understanding what a neck lift cannot do is also important. It won’t change your overall appearance or stop the aging process. Neck lift surgery may be a good option for correcting the following concerns:

  • Wind-damaged or sun-damaged skin under your neck
  • Loose, sagging neck skin
  • Excess skin under your chin or around your jawline
  • Double chin
  • Bands of skin on your neck

Neck lift surgery also works best on men and women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, since skin elasticity is essential for optimal results.

How long does it take to recover from a neck lift?

Depending on the extent of your procedure, recovery from neck lift surgery takes 4-10 days for swelling and bruising to subside. You’ll have a bandage under your chin and around your head for at least a day after surgery.

Once you remove the bandage, it’s critical to wear an elastic support band at night for two weeks after surgery. Keeping your head elevated helps reduce swelling, too.

Dr. Yco and his team explain the recovery process to you in detail so you’ll know what to expect. It’s crucial to follow recovery instructions carefully so you heal as quickly as possible.

You can resume daily activities in just a couple days, and Dr. Yco removes your sutures after 7-10 days. You continue to heal over the next several months, and you’ll notice smoother, more supple skin under your neck as time passes. Your youthful, more contoured profile becomes even more noticeable as the swelling goes down.

Call the office or schedule a consultation online to learn more about the benefits of neck lift surgery.