Neck Lift

The quest for eternal youth and aesthetic appeal has driven advancements in cosmetic surgery, leading to various procedures designed to enhance and rejuvenate one’s appearance. Among these procedures, the neck lift stands out as a sought-after solution for addressing concerns related to sagging skin, wrinkles, and muscle laxity in the neck area. 

In Dulles, VA plastic surgery at Sanctuary Cosmetic Centre is popular. The board-certified plastic surgeons cater to patients seeking non-surgical or surgical cosmetic procedures.

A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that addresses a range of aesthetic concerns, including:

  1. Sagging Skin: As individuals age, the skin’s natural elasticity diminishes, resulting in sagging and loose skin. The neck lift procedure targets these concerns by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining skin, resulting in a smoother and firmer appearance.

  2. Muscle Laxity: The muscles in the neck can also become lax over time, contributing to the formation of visible bands and a less defined jawline. The procedure involves tightening these muscles to create a more youthful contour.

  3. Excess Fat: Stubborn fat deposits beneath the chin, often called a “double chin,” can resist diet and exercise. Liposuction helps to eliminate the excess fat deposit and enhance neck profile. 

  4. Wrinkles and Fine Lines: The neck is prone to developing wrinkles and fine lines due to sun exposure and repetitive motions. While a neck lift primarily focuses on skin and muscle tightening, it can also contribute to reducing the appearance of these wrinkles.


The neck lift procedure involves techniques tailored to the patient’s unique anatomical features and desired outcomes. Some common techniques include:

  1. Traditional Neck Lift: This technique involves making incisions behind the ears and under the chin, allowing the surgeon to access and tighten the underlying muscles and remove excess skin. Liposuction helps to eliminate fat deposits.

  2. Limited Incision Neck Lift: Ideal for patients with less extensive concerns, this technique involves smaller incisions and focuses on specific areas, such as muscle tightening without significant skin removal.

  3. Neck Liposuction: Liposuction alone can remove excess fat from the neck, particularly if skin elasticity is still relatively good. This less invasive technique may not address sagging skin or muscle laxity.


The neck lift procedure offers several compelling benefits:

  1. Improved Confidence

  2. Youthful Appearance

  3. Natural Results

Risks and Considerations

  1. Infection

  2. Scarring

  3. Anesthesia complications

  4. Unfavorable outcomes. 

Patients must have realistic expectations and thoroughly discuss their medical history, expectations, and concerns with their surgeon at Dulles cosmetic center before undergoing the procedure.