Neck Lift

Located near Los Angeles and Beverly Hills

Neck lift surgery is performed to tighten the tissues of the neck and/or to improve the contour of the neck. In older patients, a neck lift often involves incisions behind the ear to remove excess skin. In younger patients, a more centralized neck lift can usually be performed using only a small incision under the chin. Through this incision, fullness can be reduced and the contour of the neck improved.
Dr. Foulad’s signature neck lift involves a deep technique, which includes tightening and contouring numerous layers of the neck such as the deep fat, muscles, and glands.

Neck Lift

Improving neck contour

Conveniently located to serve Los Angeles and Beverly Hills
Neck lift surgery is performed to tighten the tissues of the neck and/or to improve the contour of the neck. In older patients, a neck lift often involves incisions behind the ear to remove excess skin. In younger patients, a more centralized neck lift can usually be performed using only a small incision under the chin. Through this incision, fullness can be reduced and the contour of the neck improved.
Dr. Foulad’s signature neck lift involves a deep technique, which includes tightening and contouring numerous layers of the neck such as the deep fat, muscles, and glands.

Candidates for Neck Lift

Candidates for neck lift surgery include women or men who desire to improve the contour of the neck because of one or both of these reasons:
• sagging and loose skin at the neck.
• fullness of the neck due to prominent subplatysmal fat, muscle, or glands.
Ideal patients are in good overall health and have skin that has retained some flexibility and elasticity. It is important that patients do not smoke or use nicotine products before and after the procedure. The typical age of our patients undergoing neck lifting is 25 to 70 years old, however there is no standard age range. Candidates for the procedure are based on indications, which includes excess skin, laxity, fullness of the neck, and/or platysma banding. Dr. Foulad will perform a thorough evaluation to help you decide which surgery or alternative treatment would best meet your goals.

How Neck Lift is Performed

Neck lift surgery is often performed under twilight sedation or local anesthesia depending the complexity of the case and patient preference. Incisions are made under the chin and/or behind the ears. The fat under the skin, but above the platysma muscle, can be reduced with micro-liposuction or direct excision if indicated. If deep neck work is planned, an incision is made through the center of the platysma muscle in order to reach the deep compartment of the neck. Then, reduction of the deep fat, deep muscles (e.g. digastric muscle), and submandibular glands can be performed if needed. The platysma muscle can then be tightened.

How to Prepare for a Neck Lift

In preparation for undergoing neck lift surgery, we need to ensure that you are healthy and optimized for the procedure. Depending on your age, medical history, and complexity of your case, medical evaluation by your primary care provider may be required. Certain medications and supplements might have to be stopped a specific time period prior to the procedure to reduce various risks. It is important that you do not not smoke or use nicotine products 1-2 months prior to your procedure. You will be provided more comprehensive pre-operative instructions specific to your individual case.

We are conveniently located to serve Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, & Los Angeles. However, we are available to help with coordinating your stay if you are an Out-of-Town Patient.

What to Expect After a Neck Lift

Pain is usually mild and most patients require no to minimal pain medication, such as Tylenol. Some patients may have more significant pain and require stronger pain medication, however it would be uncommon to have significant pain after several days. In some cases, it may be recommended to sleep with your head and back elevated for at least the first week after the procedure.

A thick cotton dressing is wrapped around your head and neck for 1 to 2 days after your procedure. After that, you may be recommended to wear an elastic velcro neck strap. The amount of time you should be wearing the neck strap will be customized depending on the specifics of your individual case and how much swelling you have. If drains were placed during your procedure, they are usually removed 1-3 days later.

Swelling and bruising typically increases during the first 3 to 4 days. Patients typically go back to work 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure. By two weeks, sufficient swelling and bruising have reduced that most patients see a significant improvement in their neck and feel comfortable resuming social activities. However, it will take several more months for the majority of the healing to occur and the swelling to resolve.

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Dr. Foulad provides an elevated level of care that is really incomparable! I picked him to perform my neck lift after consulting with several plastic surgeons and from start to finish, his expertise, kindness, and genuine care made my experience nothing but truly remarkable! He is very honest, telling me I didn’t need an additional surgery I was pressing to do during my consultation. I saw him many times and at every appointment he provided incredibly through explanations to my many questions and his after surgery care and support were, and continue to be beyond impressive. All of the girls in his office are also amazing to work with, friendly and accommodating and very on top of everything. The surgery itself was easy breezy to get through and I somehow managed to have almost no bruising or pain which is still blowing my mind. I highly recommend Dr. Foulad for anyone considering a neck lift or any other facial plastic surgery, I have already referred just about every person I know. Trusting him was 10000% the best decision I made, and I am forever grateful for the confidence he has given me.

– Aly R.

NECK LIFT faq

Am I a better candidate for neck liposuction or neck lift?

Neck liposuction is a great option for individuals who desire to reduce the fat at their neck (e.g. under their chin). However, this procedure is recommended for individuals who are younger with elastic skin (or it can lead to saggy skin). In addition, neck liposuction is ideal in situations that the neck fullness is due to fat located above the platysma muscle.

If the fullness of the neck is due to fat, muscles, or glands under the platysma muscle, then a central neck lift may be recommended in order to be able to best contour those layers. In addition, a neck lift will enable tightening and contouring of the platysma muscle.

If there is skin laxity, then a neck lift involving incisions behind the ear would be recommended in order to reduce the excess skin.

 

Are the neck lift incisions visible?

The incision under the chin is typically made within a natural crease where the chin meets the neck. The location of this incision, combined with meticuluous suturing, typically makes it so that the incision is not noticable.

If incisions are made behind the ear, they are hidden in the crease behnd the ear. If it is required to extend the incison to the scalp, the incision will be in a visible region, but often is hard to see because it is placed along or in the hairline as much as possible, tension is avoided at the incision (to reduce the risk of widened scars), and careful suturing is performed.

Testimonials

Terry Moler
Terry Moler
2022-03-07
Dr.Foulad and his staff are amazing. The results speak for themselves. Dr. Foulad is meticulous. The experience was beyond great. I had a neck lift, a mid face lift and an upper eye lift. Dr. Foulad was very attentive. Chelsea, the practice manager, took care of every detail. I felt at ease and very taken care of. I had prepared myself for a painful surgery and recovery period but it was not like that at all. There was no pain and very little discomfort. It felt more like a well needed vacation. I had all my surgery on a Friday and I saw Dr. Foulad and Chelsea through the weekend. By the following Saturday I was at an important social function and with a little make up, no one could tell I was a week out from surgery. Some people would call this vanity. I disagree. I don’t feel 63. Why should I have to look 63.(or older!) It’s the best thing I ever did for myself. I can't thank Dr. Foulad enough. If you are considering doing this, I beg you to pull the rip cord, take the plunge, whatever you want to call it, but do it! It’s worth it. You’re worth it!
carol cusson
carol cusson
2021-12-11
There aren't enough stars for this review to tell you how pleased I am with Dr Foulad, Chelsea and the staff. It was so worth the miles traveled to have my facelift, neck and brow lift. Their attentiveness from the consult all the way through to the aftercare has been amazing. He continues to check in with me 2 months later. His attention to detail and his warm and caring personality made this such an enjoyable experience. I could not believe there was minimal pain and you cannot even see where the stitches were. I feel AND look like a new woman. Judge for yourself with my pictures! Highly recommend Dr Foulad and his staff
Kristy Franklin
Kristy Franklin
2021-10-06
Dr. Foulad performed my facelift and neck lift a few months ago and my results are phenomenal! He is kind, talented, and did beautiful work on my face and neck. He is very honest and takes a lot into consideration when giving his recommendations. He takes so much time to answer your questions and explain everything to you. Everything about my experience was top notch. I have seen other doctors in my past and none of them followed up with me or spent the amount of time with me the way Dr. Foulad has. His staff was also incredibly pleasant and accommodating with me. I can’t recommend Dr. Foulad enough. He genuinely cares deeply about his patients and does excellent work!
Miriam Vernia
Miriam Vernia
2021-09-13
Dr. Foulad loves what he does and it shows. He is professional, knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated to his patients. His "bed manners" are without equal. He follows up on his patients for weeks after surgery, providing timely advice and encouragement. He is honest and upfront about what benefits surgery can provide and he refers to other surgeons procedures that he does not feel comfortable performing.
Victoria Lampley
Victoria Lampley
2021-03-26
Dr Foulad is absolutely amazing! He is super patient, takes the time to thoroughly explain all your issues, thoughts, and goals and maps out all of your options without pushing anything whatsoever (if anything he does the opposite and explains everything in depth). He was completely attentive and super eloquent and smart when describing all of the ways he can help heal and preserve my skin and shared a wealth of knowledge. The practice manager Chelsea is patient, kind and super sweet and helpful. I'll definitely be telling my family and friends to become patients of Dr Foulad's practice. He is a perfectionist in the best way possible.
Kyrra White
Kyrra White
2021-03-14
I went to Dr Foulad for Jowl liposuction. Dr Foulad is a very informed facial artist and a master of his craft. I appreciate how delicate he was with my face during the procedure. He paid close attention to every detail of my face, and his effort shows in my results! I highly recommend Dr Foulad for any facial procedure. It’s important to have someone who is invested in your vision as you are, and that is Dr Foulad.
Aiko Fujimoto
Aiko Fujimoto
2021-03-01
Dr Foulad and his team are the definition of white glove service. They will take the time to explain everything in thorough detail and take all extra precautions to ensure your procedure is done as effectively and safely as possible. I'm incredibly happy with my results and will only be trusting my facial needs with Dr Foulad for all procedures going forward!
Sydney Skinner
Sydney Skinner
2020-12-16
Wow, I am so impressed! From the minute I walked into his office I was warmly greeted by his staff and ushered off for my consult with Dr. Foulad. He was extremely through (I ask a lot of questions) and he was very patient and did not rush me. I followed up the next week for my procedure which I’m thrilled with the outcome and feel so much confident! I’m looking forward to a long relationship with his office and it’s nice because he offers the entire package of treatments, products and procedures to cover all the bases! So no more running around to different offices!
Katia Rodriguez
Katia Rodriguez
2020-11-10
My experience at Dr. Foulad’s office has been nothing but great! From my very first consult, he made me feel comfortable and explained everything with detail. Him and his staff are so kind and were there to help guide me along the process. The results of my surgery were everything and more! I am so happy with the results and would recommend him to all my friends and family.
calvarezds
calvarezds
2020-09-17
I am so happy with my results after going to Dr. Foulad. He is a complete perfectionist and explains everything to you before go through with any injections or procedures. He makes everything look natural and seamless. I am definitely recommending him to all of my friends and family.