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Neck Lift New Jersey

While we may be investing in creams, sun protection, and injectables to hold back the years on our face and neck, a dry, loose, and wrinkly neck can betray our actual age or even make us look older. And a little research reveals why.

After the age of 20, we produce about 1% less collagen in the skin each year. Combined with lower functioning oil glands, less elastin, and the effects of sun exposure and pollution, and this means our skin, everywhere, and particularly on our exposed necks, gradually becomes thinner.

As we age, we also become prone to platysmal banding, the thickening of two strips of underlying muscles that run vertically down the sides of the neck.

These factors are a natural part of the aging process, but they can combine to create laxity below the chin and make us look worse for wear. And who wants their jawlines to become blurred by jowls and to suffer the development of the dreaded “turkey wattle” neck? At a guess – very few.

There are several options to improve the appearance of the neck and “reverse” the signs of ageing, including minimally invasive treatments, such as fillers. However, a surgical procedure will always be the most effective and longest-lasting solution. As such, many patients consider a neck lift.

Want to get started? Schedule a consultation with Dr Kaplan, a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience.

What Is A Neck Lift?

A neck lift aims to create a more defined jawline and a slimmer, smoother, and younger-looking neck. The procedure will vary based on the needs and goals of each patient, which we’ll discuss in your consultation. However, it usually focuses on three areas:

  • Removing excess fat
  • Resolving skin laxity (through tightening or removal)
  • Improving the appearance of the platysma muscles

To more dramatically target excess skin, laxity and readjustments of the underlying structures, the deep plane neck lift may be preferred over traditional techniques.

Removing excess fat

Excess fat under the chin or around the neck may be down to hereditary factors, weight, anatomy, or age. As part of a neck lift, liposuction can remove excess fat from this area, which can help to sculpt the chin and neck for patients with good skin laxity.

If you have a lot of loose skin already, liposuction may still be useful, but we’ll likely need to remove excess skin too.

Resolving skin laxity

We can remove excess skin to restore a smoother and more defined line to the neck.

A small incision is made behind each ear and, potentially, under the chin, too. Through these incisions, we can trim and remove any skin causing a sagging neck. This surgical approach is well-suited to patients who have lost a lot of weight.

It typically takes a few hours and the type of anaesthesia administered will depend on the complexity of the procedure and the patient’s preferences.

Improve platysma muscles

As part of the neck’s rejuvenation process, it may be necessary to perform a platysmaplasty to tighten loose neck muscles.

Doing so can improve the definition from the angle of the jaw down to the chin. Typically, this is usually only suitable for patients between 40 and 60 years old. It’s less appropriate for those over 60 who have excess skin and fat in the neck – for these patients, other cosmetic procedures, like a face lift and liposuction, may need to be added into the mix. 

We’ll review whether you require neck muscle tightening during the consultation. Regardless, platysmaplasty can be performed under sedation or general anesthesia. For a minimal lift, we may decide that regional anaesthesia or an oral sedative may be enough.

Neck Lift Recovery

A neck lift procedure is fairly simple with minimal downtime, but as with all surgeries, the recovery period and healing process will depend on the level of invasiveness and type of anesthesia administered.

Patients who only have liposuction as part of their neck lift can usually return to work within a week, having worn a supportive chin strap for a few days. It is typical to experience some swelling and bruising which should disappear within a couple of weeks.

Those who undergo more invasive procedures, such as those which remove skin or tighten the neck muscles, may require downtime of 5-10 days, and neck lift patients should avoid bending over and lifting heavy items during that time. They can expect their neck to feel tight for a while and are advised to sleep with their head lifted for one to two weeks.

When people prefer less downtime and less noticeable incisions, they consider the mini neck lift. This less invasive alternative to the full neck lift is an option for men and women with mild excess skin and fat around their neck area, but yields shorter term, less dramatic results.

Alternatives To Neck Lift Surgery

If neck lift surgery isn’t right for you, there are other options that can improve the appearance of your neck area.

However, it’s worth noting that no alternative can offer the same effectiveness and longevity as surgery. Consider that the results of a neck lift can last years, whereas the options below may only result in an improvement for a matter of months, requiring regular repeat treatments.


Many people think of Botox’s common application to the forehead and around the eyes, but it can also make a big difference in wrinkling around the neck. Applying botox to the lower face and neck is known as a “Nefertiti lift“, and it can be done relatively quickly in the doctor’s office.

This can reduce the appearance of sagging skin and frown lines in the lower face and neck, plus create more definition in the jawline.

Botox is a highly-effective option for those wishing to avoid or push back the need for surgery, with the results lasting up to a year. If you’re interested in botox, we can help.


Dermal fillers can be used to reduce lines, improve the appearance of skin laxity, and boost skin tone. They’re also known as “liquid facelifts”. The results can last for 6-12 months. They are also said to stimulate the production of collagen so patients can look forward to improved neck skin in the future.

Find out more about our dermal fillers.


Microneedling is used to reduce scarring but is also a method of treating fine lines and wrinkles. It works by applying small, thin, sterilized needles to different layers of the skin – be they fitted to a cylinder, stamp, or pen-shaped instrument. The aim is to stimulate the skin to make more collagen and elastin.

Find out more about our microneedling options.

Ultrasound Tightening

The heat energy from non-surgical ultrasound therapies is said to prompt the production of collagen and reduce the appearance of loose skin. It can be carried out within 30 to 90 minutes and is associated with minimal downtime.

How Much Does A Neck Lift Cost In NJ?

The cost of a neck lift depends on the extent of the surgery involved. We’ll consider what’s required in consultation and provide a full quote for surgery.

As a guide, in 2020, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found the average cost of a neck lift was $5,774. The surgery isn’t usually covered by health insurance, but we offer financing options for our patients. 

Why Choose Dr. Kaplan?

Dr. Gordon Kaplan is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in all forms of facial rejuvenation, including neck lifts. With a career spanning over 20 years, Dr. Kaplan has delivered fantastic, natural-looking results for hundreds of patients.

As a testament to his ability, Dr. Kaplan won Bergen Magazine’s Top Plastic Surgeon for Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty and Brazilian Butt Lifts for the past two years running. He also helped pioneer The Trifecta@ Technique, which is the combination of three machines: Vaser Ultrasound, MicroAire Power-Assisted Liposuction, and Renuvion J-Plasma Skin Tightening.

Schedule A Consultation

If you would like to know more about neck lift surgery, the next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kaplan – one of the most experienced and skilled surgeons for a neck lift New Jersey has to offer.

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What are the risks and benefits?

The biggest risk from a neck lift is that the results may not be exactly what you hoped for, and further surgery may be needed to make adjustments. It’s really important to discuss your goals and aims in full at the consultation stage, and to be clear about what can (and cannot) be achieved. This is something we’ll go over with you carefully.

There is also a range of small surgical risks, which are exceptionally rare and we do everything to prevent them. These can include excessive bleeding, skin loss, blood clotting, and swelling. As with any procedure, there are also risks attached to undergoing anesthesia.

On the other hand, the main benefit of a neck lift is that the results are usually long-lasting. It is also arguably more cost-effective than the less invasive procedures outlined above because it doesn’t need to be repeated as often (if at all).

Can I combine it with other procedures?

Neck lift surgery can deliver desired results when performed in isolation, but we can achieve more dramatic facial rejuvenation when combined with other surgeries.

The most common combination is a neck and facelift. Performing these procedures at the same time means that we can remedy loose skin on the cheeks, sagging jowls around the chin, and laxity in the neck area – creating an overall more youthful appearance.

Another option is a rhinoplasty and neck lift. When performed as a combined procedure, we can address any imbalance in the face, creating a more defined jawline and aesthetically pleasing facial symmetry.

Neck Lift Gallery

Neck Lift with Chin Implant: 1-week post-operative
PDO Threads: This patient had treatment on her jowls, cheeks, nose, and neck