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What is a neck lift?

A neck lift in Beverly Hills tightens and firms the contours of the neck and achieves a smooth, youthful definition. A neck lift is customized to suit the needs of each person, including a combination of liposuction and lifting and trimming away lax skin. As a part of this custom combination procedure, laser treatments and ultrasound technology may be used to further enhance the results.


Neck Lift Before & Afters

Browse Dr. Lee’s before and after gallery, as a glimpse of what’s in store for you.

Your consultation with Dr. Lee

Dr. Lee will conduct a thoughtful, detailed consultation to understand your cosmetic concerns and examine your neck and skin. She will review your surgical and medical history and discuss your aesthetic goals. Based on your discussion and goals, she will design a detailed, fully customized surgical plan to provide a neck lift procedure that achieves your ideal results.

If you’re having a combination procedure, adding another surgery such as eyelid surgery or a brow lift to your neck lift for more dramatic results, Dr. Lee will discuss your options and arrange for these procedures to be performed at the same time. This results in less downtime and better cost efficiency, achieving a more complete rejuvenation.

Who is a candidate for a neck lift?

A neck lift procedure is designed for men or women who want to tighten and sculpt the contours of their neck. Patients with an aging neck, including submental fat, a double chin, drooping skin, “turkey neck,” creases and wrinkles, and other concerns are generally the best candidates for a neck lift in Beverly Hills. Ideal candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Are in good health without serious medical concerns
  • Do not smoke
  • Are realistic in their expectations for what can be achieved with a neck lift surgery
  • Would like to achieve a more youthful, defined neck
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What to expect during the surgery

A neck lift procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Incisions are made according to the needs of each patient, based on their physical concerns and the requirements of the surgical procedure for your ideal results.

Dr. Lee’s approach is conservative but highly effective. Typically, the incisions are made under the chin and behind the ears. These incisions are made carefully and meticulously to ensure any scarring is kept to the absolute minimum.

Using these incisions, she removes fat on the neck and under the chin and tightens the neck muscles. From there, she lifts and tightens the skin, removing any excess. Dr. Lee addresses the deeper SMAS layers (submuscular aponeurotic system) that make up the connective muscular tissues. She sharpens and defines the jawline to create an elegant, refined silhouette.

Preparing for surgery

Dr. Lee will provide a list of medications to avoid, including aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications or supplements. These have a blood-thinning effect and can cause problems during surgery or your recovery period.

Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after your neck lift in Beverly Hills. You will want someone who can help you during the first day of your recovery, and possibly beyond if you have children, as you won’t be able to do any heavy lifting or exert yourself for a short period of time.

Stock your fridge with plenty of healthy foods and snacks so that you won’t have to worry about cooking for yourself while you’re recovering.

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Cost of a neck lift

The cost of your neck lift will vary depending on the complexity of your procedure and the type of neck lift you require. The cost of a neck lift is higher if the process is more complex and includes submandibular gland resection. If the neck lift procedure is relatively simple, your cost will be lower. You will know the price of your custom neck lift with Dr. Lee once you have a consultation and she designs your surgical plan. Your plan will include your price.

Why choose Dr. Lee?


Dr. Michelle Lee is committed to safety, patient care, and stunning, artistic results. She is an award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon. Her inclusive, welcoming practice allows patients to relax during their journey to aesthetic improvement.


Dr. Lee always takes a customized approach with her patients, taking the time to understand their needs, unique physique, and beauty ideals. Her focus centers on achieving nuanced, natural results using the most modern, state-of-the-art techniques and technology.

Non-surgical alternatives to a neck lift

Dr. Lee provides alternatives for patients who prefer a non-surgical approach to lifting, tightening, and contouring their neck.

Thread lift

The thread lift is designed to gently lift sagging facial tissue by using temporary, dissolvable sutures with tiny cones that suspend the sagging tissue.

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers can be used to help smooth wrinkles and define the jawline, achieving a more youthful, sculpted, and appealing appearance.

Laser treatments

Laser treatments can be used to refresh, firm, and tighten the skin on the neck. The result is a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.

Neck Lift FAQs

What will my scarring be like after a neck lift?

Surgical scars are virtually invisible after a neck lift has healed.

How long will my results last?

Results are considered permanent. However, as time continues on, neck aging will continue.

Can I combine other procedures with my neck lift?

Other procedures are often combined with a neck lift to achieve more complete, dramatic rejuvenation.

What kind of anesthesia is used?

A neck lift is performed under general anesthesia.

When can I resume normal activity after my neck lift?

Most patients can return to work within a week and begin exercising in four to six weeks.

Risks associated with a neck lift

Like any surgery, a neck lift includes risks, such as infection, reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, unfavorable scarring, and others.

What is the appropriate age for a neck lift?

There’s no “appropriate age” for a neck lift. Generally, patients are between the ages of 35 and 65.

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