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Aging extra skin under your chin and draping on your neck can be aggravating. A direct neck lift procedure lifts the skin on the neck, making it appear more slim and more youthful. Learn more about the direct neck lift contouring procedure at 5th Avenue Plastic Surgery below.

What is a Direct Neck Lift?

A direct neck lift is a state-of-the-art surgical approach to achieving a more youthful neckline. This surgery improves signs of aging skin around the jawline and neck area. This treatment can address excess skin, jowl lines, and even a double chin. A direct neck lift is an excellent solution for individuals who are satisfied with their facial appearance but want to address their aged-looking neck area. The direct neck lift surgery treats excess fat, skin relaxation, loose neck skin, and muscle banding that create abnormal neck contours. A direct neck lift leaves you with enhanced contours, firmer skin, and a smoother-looking neck.


Recovery Time

2 Weeks

Anesthesia Type

General anesthesia or intravenous sedation

Direct Neck Lift Candidates

Direct neck lifts are a great procedure for older candidates looking to improve their neck contour without major facelift surgery. Ideal individuals for surgery include those in generally good health who are:

  • Wanting to reduce excess skin
  • Individuals wanting to smooth out wrinkles and lines on the neck
  • Patients who experience sagging skin
  • Individuals with visible neckbands
  • Those looking for long-term results

Patients pursuing a direct neck lift must not smoke and should be generally healthy, with a BMI under 35. Please note that the best way to determine candidacy is to schedule a consultation appointment at our practice.

The Direct Neck Lift Procedure

Direct neck lift surgery removes excess skin while tightening loose neck muscles.

 Dr. Tzikas and Dr.Mascaró perform one or a combination of both cervicoplasty (removing extra skin) and platysmaplasty (tightening flexible neck muscles). They typically perform outpatient treatment  under general anesthesia or IV sedation. 

Dr. Tzikas and Dr. Mascaró make a Z type incision under the chin, where they will tighten your muscles, tighten underlying tissues, and remove any excess skin. This creates a smoother, firmer, and more youthful appearance on your neck, jawline, and chin areas. Upon awakening after surgery, you will need a caretaker to drive you home.

Direct Neck Lift Recovery

Recovery from a direct neck lift typically takes at least two weeks to return to your daily activities. After surgery, your neck can feel tight for a few weeks, with visible signs of swelling and bruising. These after-effects will fade throughout your recovery. The tight feeling can persist for several months as you adjust to your tightened skin and neck muscles. Your surgeon, Dr. Tzikas or Dr. Mascaró, will provide you with a detailed recovery guide highlighting instructions and aftercare you must follow. Full results will emerge after your swelling has subsided over several weeks or months. This treatment can make your neck look years younger and leave you feeling like your best self.

Schedule a Consultation

If you want to enhance your neckline, schedule a consultation today with our double-board certified facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Tzikas and Dr. Mascaró at 5th Avenue Plastic Surgery. We look forward to treating you in our office and leaving you with the appearance and confidence that you desire.

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