A neck lift, also known as a platysmaplasty, is a cosmetic procedure to remove loose skin from the neck for a smooth, even appearance. Natural aging or significant weight loss can create folds of hanging skin on the neck that is often referred to as a "turkey neck." Richmond area facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Matthew Bridges M.D. FACS will smooth the tissue and muscles of the neck before tightening the skin to reveal a slender, natural profile. If necessary, liposuction may be used to remove any stubborn pockets of fat that would create a bulge after the lift. Some patients may also need their subcutaneous fat layer removed if there neck is too thick.
Neck Lift Reviews
"Deep lines are gone and my skin is smooth again - Could not have been better. Dr Bridges & staff were exceptional. No waiting around in the waiting room, everyone was attentive, kind, and paid attention to my wishes and my needs. Dr Bridges did a fantastic job, seriously amazing job on my face and I could not be more pleased. Yes, it hurt, yes, it took a week or more before I went out in public but the result is well worth it.Deep lines are gone, my skin is smooth again, and he went above and beyond diagnosing a skin cancer spot and making sure it was taken care of. I am anxious to have my next procedure (neck lift) done as after this first experience, I am confident all will go well. The entire experience was very good. Thank you so much."- F. / RealSelf / Dec 09, 2021
"Deep lines are gone and my skin is smooth again - Could not have been better. Dr Bridges & staff were exceptional. No waiting around in the waiting room, everyone was attentive, kind, and paid attention to my wishes and my needs. Dr Bridges did a fantastic job, seriously amazing job on my face and I could not be more pleased. Yes, it hurt, yes, it took a week or more before I went out in public but the result is well worth it.Deep lines are gone, my skin is smooth again, and he went above and beyond diagnosing a skin cancer spot and making sure it was taken care of. I am anxious to have my next procedure (neck lift) done as after this first experience, I am confident all will go well. The entire experience was very good. Thank you so much.Updated on 18 Apr 2022:After laser, my turkey neck was terrible so opted for lower face and neck lift. Hospital staff were wonderful, sore and swollen still 3 weeks out but I have a chin at last and wobble neck is gone. I cannot recommend Dr Bridges enough. His entire staff is attentive , kind and helpful as well. Regarding costs, I believe the laser was 4000, I added in neck laser for 500 more. The lift was 10,500. A wee bit more as I had to get a pre op physical (300 at urgent care clinic) plus medication and creams, which are pricey. Results are worth every penny. No more big scarves, big sunglasses and hiding !"- F. / RealSelf / Dec 10, 2021
"Dr. Bridges is a Frantastic Plastic Surgeon - Dr. Matthew Bridges is the best plastic surgeon anywhere.I had a facelift 3 years ago by another plastic surgeon in the west end of Richmond and the results were not good if any thing it was worse than before the facelift.. A year ago I decided I had to do something. I found Dr. Bridges I got a second facelift I am so glad I did my face looks so natural and 15 years younger. I am so happy..."- A. / RealSelf / Apr 21, 2018
"100000000/10 experience! If you want a surgeon and TEAM to be above and beyond for an affordable price. This is your go to spot. My only complaint was one of their front desk ladies, they were rude as **** every time I had to come in to the office. But she did not stop me from giving a wonderful review. The hospital that I had my surgery at had out of this world staff from start to finish. Will forever recommend his office."- K.S. / Google / May 24, 2023
"Highly recommend him to anyone looking for the best possible outcome - I had a facelift done last August, and I had substantial scarring, pixie ears, and I did not get the results that I was hoping for. I went to Dr. Bridges for a consultation for a revision procedure. I really liked him. He was straightforward. He seem to be very honest and told me what he thought he could do to help improve my situation. I took a few weeks to think about it and made my decision to go forward and scheduled my surgery For May 2023. My surgery went smooth. My recovery was almost pain-free, and my results are absolutely fantastic. I could not be happier! When he took off my bandages the he next day I could have cried I was so excited to see my new neck (just the way I imagined it in my mind) and there it was! On my body not just in some photograph I had seen. It was really me and I had to pinch myself over and over again !! I highly recommend Dr. Bridges and his staff. They are all amazing, compassionate, and incredibly professional! The one thing that stood out the most was when I wanted Dr. Bridges to do a revision of my previous upper/ lower eyelid surgery (done by another surgeon) and he told me that he did not think that he was the man for that job because I had some other complications with my first surgery and referred me to Virginia Eye Institute to see a specialist there that could take excellent care of me. It meant the world to me that he didn’t just say sure I can do it and go ahead and do it. He took a look and gave me an honest answer and an immediate referral. He did not leave me hanging. I have so much respect for him for that alone! He is a skilled and talented surgeon. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for RESULTS and the BEST possible outcome!!Updated on 29 Jun 2023:This pic is week four (after my neck lift) and I’m feeling fabulous!!! I also had my lips done by Dr. Bridges a week ago and I’m just loving my new look! I still can’t believe that this is MY neck!!! I am so darn happy! This procedure has changed the way I feel about myself! I am no longer insecure about my appearance and my self esteem has been lifted!! I’m still running to the mirror when I wake up to make sure this is not a dream!!"- S. / RealSelf / Jun 13, 2023
A neck lift will address several issues including the removal of excess fat, the trimming of hanging skin and the tightening of loose skin around the underlying neck muscles. An incision is made under the chin, and in some cases, behind or in front of the ears. If fat removal is part of this surgery, liposuction will be the first step. Next, the neck muscles (platysma) are pulled tight and the overlying skin is stretched and re-draped to achieve the desired definition. Sutures are placed deep within the neck wall and a drain may be inserted to control bleeding.
A neck lift is considered an outpatient procedure, performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. This surgery typically takes 2 hours to complete, but that will vary by surgical case. After surgery, there will be some bruising and swelling. Patients will feel tightness and a pulling sensation as the neck adjusts to its new position. Most patients are able to return to work within 7-10 days. It can take several months for the optimal results to appear and for the neck to look and feel natural.
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Neck Lift FAQs
Nonsurgical Neck Lift?
Loose skin within the neck is a distinct flaw that can only be removed through surgery. Unfortunately, this is the only true way to redefine a person’s neck and add the necessary definition needed to improve the contour and profile.
A neck lift does require an incision under the chin and near the ears. However, these are placed inconspicuously (within the hairline on the ears and under the chin) so looking straight ahead you will not see them. We make every effort during surgery to minimize visible scarring as much as possible.
Individuals in their 20s and 30s may benefit from a neck lift, especially those who have experienced a massive weight loss or have a hereditary defect of the neck. Patients in their 60s and 70s often undergo a neck lift to cosmetically treat the visible signs of aging.
Neck or Chin?
Some patients will have issues with their neck, but these problems may actually be the result of a “weak chin.” Without the proper support of the chin bone, the neck isn’t able to have a defined contour. A chin implant (genioplasty or mentoplasty) may be recommended to reshape the chin and make it wider or more prominent. This can have a great impact on the neck for many patients. This surgery is considered a reconstructive procedure and requires the skill of an experienced surgeon. A neck lift may still be needed once the chin has been corrected.