About Neck Lifts
With time and aging, a patient's skin around their neck and under their chin can become wrinkled or loose. Our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Chiu, can improve the appearance and contour of a patient's neck by performing a neck lift. A neck lift involves lifting sagging tissue and removing and repositioning excess skin, resulting in a tighter, more youthful appearance. Traditionally, a neck lift removes excess skin, but a neck lift can also be performed in conjunction with neck liposuction to remove any excess fat, or with a facelift if a patient has significant facial aging changes and jowl formation that may also be causing cosmetic issues. A full treatment plan can be discussed and determined by scheduling a consult at our Today's Cosmetic Surgery office in Pittsburgh, PA.
The best candidates for neck lift surgery:
- Are ages 40–60
- Have loose skin in the neck area caused by weight loss, aging, or genetics
- Have lines and wrinkles in the neck area
- Have minimal facial aging changes/jowls
- Desire a sleeker and slimmer profile
- Desire a long-term solution
- Desire a natural look
Neck Lift Reviews
"An absolute EXPERT at what he does! Had neck lift and upper eyelid lift. Only one complaint ... and this may apply to other Doctors, as well: Having patient wear full make-up AFTER the procedure/s for photographing purposes. I would much rather have looked at REAL before and after photos of others who had had similiar surgeries, in order to have a REAL perspective on what to expect at certain time intervals during recovery. Personally, I did want to pile on make-up during my own healing time for the sole purpose of looking better in the photos. I truly believe that patients would greatly appreciate seeing the real process of healing (looking at other's photos without the make-up)and could better understand the time it takes to get from the point of "just had the surgery" ... to ... X amount of weeks AFTER the surgery. Let's face it, in the real world, we don't wake up in full make-up, nor do we feel that comfortable piling it on to skin that is still in the process of healing."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 21, 2012
"I live an active, healthy lifestyle & in my late 50's began seeing my MOTHERS neck and jowls. I researched many plastic surgeons, specifically those who dealt with the face and neck. I was quite anxious having never even had Botox, and here I was inquiring about a face/ neck lift. Dr Chiu and Sara were warm, welcoming, kind and so very informative that I left that initial consultation confident with my decision. I was his only concern on surgery day. My recuperation was easy w/o swelling, bruising or pain. That was 2 years ago and I've never regretted my decision. I continue to see Dr Chiu regularly and would trust my face to no one else!!!!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 29, 2018
"61 Year Old Lower Face and Neck Lift - Bethel Park, PA - Professional, personable and a master at what he does. You cannot go wrong if you choose Dr. Chiu."- P. / RealSelf / Sep 02, 2016
"61 Year Old Lower Face and Neck Lift - Bethel Park, PA - Professional, personable and a master at what he does. You cannot go wrong if you choose Dr. Chiu."- P. / RealSelf / Sep 01, 2016
"59 Year Old Face Lift - Upper St. Clair, PA - I chose Dr. Chiu over the other surgeons I met with to perform my face lift because not only does he specialize in facial surgeries, I heard so many wonderful recommendations from other patients about him. He was kind and gentle the first time I met with him. He explained everything in detail, not pushing any set procedure on me, but asking me what I was concerned with. The surgery went perfectly. I had absolutely NO bruising and minimal swelling!! HE called me later that evening to see how I was feeling (what doctor ever does that?). When I went to his office the following day I told him that I have had more pain getting my nails done than the surgery he performed. St. Clair Hospital treated me wonderfully and with great respect. Sara, Dr. Chiu's office manager, is amazing and so accommodating. She makes you feel so at ease for that first visit and follow-ups. I could not be happier with the way my surgery experience turned out. I look and feel wonderful. I would do it again in a heartbeat!"- B. / RealSelf / Sep 01, 2016
What to Expect
Neck lift surgery is outpatient procedure and performed at an accredited surgical facility. The patient may select choice of anesthesia (general, IV sedation, or local anesthesia) for the procedure. Dr. Chiu will start off by making an incision in front of and/or behind the patient’s ears and/or under the chin. When there’s abundant fat in the submental region, liposuction surgery is employed to remove this excess fat. The underlying neck muscles will then be pulled tight. Then, the excess skin will be trimmed, and the remaining skin will be lifted and redraped for a tighter, smoother appearance. Stitches, or sutures, are placed deep in the neck wall. Dr. Chiu may also place a drain in the surgical site. The surgery typically lasts a few hours.
While it’s normal to experience pain and discomfort after a neck lift procedure, Dr. Chiu's is well known for delivering the most natural appearing surgical results with minimal recovery. He is able to minimize any pain and discomfort for his patients, although you should have the expectation of some swelling and bruising after surgery. It’s also common for patients to have a sensation of tightness and pulling, which is a result of the neck adjusting into the new position. Typically, patients are able to return to work in 7-10 days and resume normal activity in about 2 weeks. After a few months, a patient should be able to see the full effects of the surgery with a tighter, smoother, more contoured neck. Dr. Chiu's patients experience very minimal scarring since the incisions are placed and designed to be well hidden.
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That sleek, beautiful neck that you desire can be yours easier than you might have thought possible thanks to a neck lift surgery. The surgery is successful at targeting extraneous skin, fat, lines, and wrinkles in the neck area. To learn more, please call our Pittsburgh, PA office to schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon, Dr. Chiu.