Posted on 15 Aug 2023

Undergoing a neck lift surgery can be a transformative experience. It helps individuals regain confidence and achieve a more youthful appearance. But like any surgical procedure, it’s essential to understand what to expect during surgery and recovery.

Setting Realistic Expectations

Before venturing on your neck lift journey, it’s paramount to set practical expectations. While the technique can produce exceptional results, it’s vital to remember that no surgery can entirely suspend the natural aging process. A neck lift manages matters such as sagging skin, excess fat, and muscle banding in the neck area. It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. At Neaman Plastic Surgery, each person’s anatomy and goals are taken into consideration.

The Consultation Process

Choosing a reputable plastic surgery practice like Neaman Plastic Surgery is the first step toward achieving your desired outcomes. During the consultation, Dr. Neaman and Dr. Christiansen will discuss your goals, examine your neck’s condition, and determine if a neck lift is the most suitable option for you.

Combining A Facelift and Neck Lift

At Neiman Plastic Surgery, we often combine a neck lift and a facelift. This can provide you with optimal results and address any fine lines and wrinkles or sagging skin you’re experiencing on your face as well as your neck.

By combining the two procedures, you can recover from both surgeries together, and you don’t have to go through two separate surgical sessions.

What Happens During the Surgery?

A neck lift surgery typically involves several key steps, including:


The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation to ensure you feel no discomfort.


Depending on the extent of the surgery, incisions are strategically placed behind the ears and, in some cases, beneath the chin to ensure they are barely visible after the healing process.

Tissue Repositioning

The underlying muscles may be tightened, excess fat removed, and the skin re-draped to create a youthful contour.

Incision Closure

Once the desired adjustments are made, the incisions are carefully closed with sutures.

The Road to Recovery

After the surgery, recovery is necessary to allow your body time to heal and the results to become visible. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are common during the initial days.

Observing your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions is necessary to guarantee a smooth recovery process. These instructions may include:

  • Rest and Elevation: Resting and keeping your head elevated can help reduce swelling and promote healing.
  • Pain Management: Pain and discomfort are natural after surgery. Your surgeon will provide pain management guidelines.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to track your progress and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Limiting Activities: Avoid strenuous activities during the early stages of recovery to prevent complications.
  • Diet and Hydration: Maintaining a healthy diet and staying hydrated can also aid in healing.

Patience is Key

It’s essential to have patience during your recovery journey. Swelling and bruising will gradually subside, and the final results will become more apparent as your body heals. It’s common for individuals to see the full benefits of their neck lift within a few months after surgery.

Schedule A Consultation

Neck lift surgery can be life-changing and restore a more youthful and defined neck contour. Dr. Neaman and Dr. Christiansen at Neaman Plastic Surgery have the expertise to guide you through the process and achieve your aesthetic goals.

To learn more about the neck lift procedure and recovery options, schedule a consultation at our Salem, OR office today. Call us at 844-338-5445 or use our online contact form.

Dr. Keith Neaman

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Neaman Plastic Surgery | Learn More

Dr. Neaman is a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in surgical body contouring. He prides himself on being on the cutting edge of plastic surgery. He takes an informative approach to each consultation, and through open dialogue and communication, he helps his patients decide on a treatment plan that meets their needs.

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