neck lift is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck. It is used to treat excess fat and skin relaxation in the lower face that creates jowls, double, chin loose neck skin and muscle bands in the neck.

When the neck area doesn’t match the upper facial appearance, a neck lift may be a good solution.

Other procedures that can be combined are a brow lift, fat transfer and eyelid surgery

Who is a good candidate for surgery?

  • Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing
  • Nonsmokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations

How to prepare for a surgery.

Dr Aditya shall discuss your past medical history in detail to determine your candidacy for the procedure. The procedure shall be explained to you in detail.

Doctor shall discuss the following:

  • Neck lift /Facelift and other surgery options.
  • Course of treatment.
  • Likely outcomes and the potential risks involved.
  • Take pictures of the face and neck from various angles to compare post op photos

Before Surgery:

  • Evaluation of general health status.
  • Medical examination including tests.
  • Physical examination:
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen that may interfere with the healing process.
  • Stop smoking and alcohol at least 4 weeks before the surgery.

After Surgery:

  • Arrange for help to be driven home from the hospital.
  • Plan to stay home and limit activities for a few days after surgery.

How is Surgery done?


  • The procedure is may be done under local anesthesia and IV sedation or under General Anesthesia, Dr Aditya will discuss this in detail with you

Steps of the Procedure:

Incision or cuts in the neck lift are placed in areas where they cannot be easily seen. Depending on the amount of change you’d like to see, there may be a traditional neck lift incision or a limited incision neck lift.

The traditional incision begins in the hairline at the level of the sideburn, continues down and around the ear and ends in the hair at the back.

Fat may be sculpted from the jowls and neck. The tissue underlying the neck skin is repositioned, and commonly the platysma muscle is tightened. Skin is redraped and the excess skin is trimmed. A separate incision under the chin is often necessary for liposuction of this area and for repair of the muscle. Sutures close the incisions/cuts.

A limited incision neck lift may involve incisions only around the ear. While these incisions are shorter, the results may be more limited.

After completion a bandage is placed around the face to decrease swelling and bruising. Results are visible within 7-10 days when the bruising and swelling subside

Time to Operate:

  • This depends on the surgeon and individual candidate. However, the average time taken to operate is about 1.5 -2 hours.

Possible Complications and Risks:

  • Anaesthesia risks
  • Bleeding
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Infection
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation


Dr. Aditya Aggarwal is a renowned Senior Aesthetic Surgeon who has trained at premier national and international institutions. He is the President of the Indian Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (2023-24).