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One of the most common reasons that patient’s undergo neck lift surgery is to get rid of the dreaded “turkey gobbler neck.” This unattractiveness is caused by a loose and sagging platysma muscle, along with loose skin. A neck lift, or platysmaplasty, removes the excess skin under the chin, along the jawline, and on your neck. Irvine plastic surgeon, Dr. Marguerite Bernett, will improve the appearance of patient’s neck by giving them the smooth and rejuvenated skin they deserve. Schedule your consultation today receive the best treatment Southern California has to offer.


Good candidates are men or women who demonstrate:

  • Localized fat deposits under the chin
  • Looseness of neck muscle and/or neck skin
  • Non-smokers or those who have ceased smoking two months prior to the procedure
  • Overall good health


During the initial consultation, we will evaluate the patient’s underlying bone anatomy and make a determination as to whether the chin position and its influence on the appearance of the neck is an issue. This evaluation will help piece together an individual treatment plan. During surgery, an incision is typically made under the chin. If there are fat pockets present, the excess fat will be removed with liposuction. Then, any loose skin is excised and trimmed away. The final step is when the underlying tissue and muscles are pulled tight and the remaining skin re-draped and secured with sutures to produce a more youthful neck appearance.


Swelling and bruising will be present after neck lift surgery. A compressive neck dressing is used to help control swelling and to help the neck skin adapt to the new neck contour. Most patients can resume modest activity in 2 weeks. A complete recovery from neck lift surgery occurs in about 3-4 weeks. This surgery creates a tighter neck that appears softer and younger.


The cost for necklift surgery will vary by patient and by each specific surgical case. The average price for this procedure generally costs between $5,500 to $7,000.


Neck lift surgery can result in a gorgeous profile and a younger looking neck for both men and women. It creates especially nice outcomes for weight loss patients where a significant amount of loose skin resides after the weight loss. Call our plastic surgery office today to schedule your consultation and learn more.

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