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How Long Does it Take to Recover from a Neck Lift?

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How Long Does it Take to Recover from a Neck Lift?

As the skin ages, collagen and elastin begin to break down. This leads to loose skin in the chin, neck, and jaw area. A neck lift can give you relief from sagging skin around your neck, chin, and jowls. You can achieve a slimmer, more sculpted jaw and neckline with long-lasting results. 

What is a Neck Lift?

Loss of skin structure can lead to sagging skin and accumulation of fat under the chin and jaw. A neck lift restores a tighter, more slender neck and more contoured chin and jaw. Dr. Tenley Lawton will assess your facial features and how much loose skin you have. A neck lift makes an excellent option for people with a significant amount of loose neck and jowl skin. 

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How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Neck Lift?

Dr. Lawton will work with you to develop a plan for your recovery. After surgery, you will have bandages on your face and neck, and you may have a tube to drain fluids and reduce your swelling. The tube will come out during a follow-up appointment a few days later. 

You will have some discomfort for about a week. Dr. Lawton recommends sleeping and resting with your head elevated to control swelling and reduce the discomfort. Most people go back to work in a week or two. If you have a physically active job, you may need to wait longer. Follow your recovery plan for instructions on cleaning and taking care of your face and neck during the healing process. 

How Does a Neck Lift Work?

A neck lift uses small incisions to raise and remove loose skin around the neck, chin, and jowls. These incisions are hidden within the hairline and around the ear. Dr. Lawtown will lift the skin and remove any excess. If you have fat accumulation around your neck, you may have liposuction to remove the fat before tightening the skin. 


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Can I Get a Neck Lift and a Facelift?

Dr. Lawton may recommend a neck lift with a facelift if you have excess neck and jowl skin. A facelift and neck lift can work together to give you a balanced, youthful appearance. Combining two procedures means you have only one recovery time and save money on costs like anesthesia and surgical facilities. Together, these two procedures can lift lines and wrinkles away from midface and lower face areas while tightening the neck and jowls. 

What Results Will I See With a Neck Lift?

You will see results immediately after surgery, but you will have some swelling. Within a few weeks, the swelling will resolve, and you can enjoy your slimmer, tighter-looking neck and jawline. A neck lift can eliminate your double chin or sagging jowls to give you a younger, more sculpted appearance. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?

If you have sagging neck or jowl skin, you may be a good candidate for a neck lift. Ideal candidates are healthy non-smokers with reasonable expectations. 


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about neck lifts? You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Tenley Lawton by filling out the form on this page or calling Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999.

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*Individual Results May Vary.

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