What is a Neck Lift?

The aging neck—often characterized by wrinkles, crepey or sagging skin, the appearance of a “turkey neck”, and/or muscular banding—is due to natural, gradual changes in our skin, muscle, and subcutaneous fat over time (or also through weight fluctuations). A lower rhytidectomy, more commonly known as a “neck lift”, tightens and re-contours the neck by addressing all three of these layers simultaneously. 

Key Benefits of a Neck Lift

  • Reduces a double chin
  • Tightens sagging neck skin or “turkey neck”
  • Defines the profile, chin, neck, and jawline/jowls
  • Softens neck creases and crepiness
  • Delivers a more contoured, youthful-appearing neck
  • Enhances self-esteem and confidence
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What Happens During Neck Surgery?

Our neck lift in Chicago is performed in conjunction with laser liposuction and takes a submental incision approach. This involves creating a three-centimeter incision beneath the chin.

Through this concealed, minimal incision, your surgeon will undermine the skin, remove the fat, internally shrink the skin, and tighten the muscle.

For patients with more significant skin looseness or laxity in the neck and jowl/jawline area, a combination neck lift and facelift approach may be most effective to provide significant lift, contour, and tightening.

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Non Invasive and Minimally Invasive Treatments

To achieve subtle yet visible improvements in neck lifting, tightening, and contouring without surgery, our surgeons often use a combination of non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments, including:

  • Thermage® radiofrequency skin tightening
  • Ultherapy® ultrasound skin tightening
  • Belotero® filler and neuromodulator injections to address neck folds, wrinkles, and band lines
  • Kybella® injections to destroy fat cells and help eliminate a double chin
  • Dermal fillers to define and contour the jawline and chin 
  • Silhouette InstaLift™ threading to provide an immediate, lasting lift in the cheeks, jawline, jowls, and neck
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Recovery and Results

After a neck lift at Chicago's Beautify at AMS, most patients need about two weeks to recover. The area may be wrapped with surgical bandages for a few days. Common side effects include swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort.

You can expect to see results in about four months, and these results will last for years to come. We will be happy to go over everything you will need to know regarding recovery during your consultation with us.

Am I a Candidate for a Neck Lift?

If you’re in the Chicago area and you’re considering a neck lift, it may be the perfect procedure for you. Those who make excellent candidates for this procedure are those who:

  • Are bothered by their double chin or “turkey neck”
  • Have creased or crepey neck skin
  • Are non-smokers in overall good health
  • Are able to dedicate enough time to recovery
  • Feel that their neck is adding age or weight to their appearance
  • Fully understand the procedure and recovery process
  • Have realistic expectations for what a neck lift can do


Does a neck lift include jowls?

What age should you get a neck lift?

Does a neck lift change facial appearance?

What is the difference between a mini neck lift and a neck lift?

Where is the scar for a neck lift?

Does a neck lift include jowls?

Yes, the jowls are addressed to achieve a firm, sculpted jawline.

What age should you get a neck lift?

Every patient is different, and the ideal age varies widely, depending on the aesthetic needs of the patient. Patients are typically between the ages of 35 and 65.

Does a neck lift change facial appearance?

A neck lift doesn’t directly address the main part of the face, but it can take years off the appearance by sculpting the jawline.

What is the difference between a mini neck lift and a neck lift?

A mini neck lift is less invasive, addressing excess skin in the jowl area and under the chin. A traditional neck lift is more extensive, addressing the jawline and smoothing and sculpting the entirety of the neck.

Where is the scar for a neck lift?

Incisions are typically made behind the ears and under the chin.

Neck Lift Surgery at Beautify at AMS

At Beautify at AMS, we believe it’s priceless when a patient looks in the mirror and likes what they see. That’s why we are so results-driven and determined to get you the outcome you want. We are a full-range medical spa and board-certified plastic surgery center offering a wide variety of cosmetic services. Our medspa is a high-end, boutique-style space and our accredited surgical center is spacious and state-of-the-art. If you’re interested in a neck lift in Chicago, we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation

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