What Do Neck Lift Incisions Look Like?

Are the scars bad with a neck lift? What do the incisions look like after a neck lift?

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Neck Lift Incisions Are Usually Very Well Hidden

Thank you for your question. Typically a Neck Lift involves well hidden incisions under the chin and behind the ear.

These are usually very well hidden.

Careful technique by an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon should result in well healed incisions that are not noticeable.

If scars are red or lumpy, 1540 Fractional Erbium Laser Treatments can improve them dramatically.

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Neck Lift Incisions

A neck lift means different things depending on your underlying anatomy:

  • Small incision under the chin
  • Limited incisions behind the ear only
  • Incisions along face and neck

It is important that the surgeon adjust the surgery depending on the patient's individual anatomy and goals.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Neck lift incision appearance

Neck lift, what is it?

Some would say an incision below the chin to tighten the muscle (platysma) and remove fat.

Others would characterize it as a lower facelift that targets primarily the neck and jowl area.

Dr. Rand is spot on; if you choose an exceptional facelift surgeon, the scars should be minimaly perceptible or imperceptible.

A fantastic incision will not occur by accident. It will occur only when great attention is paid to preserving every detail of normal ear anatomy during the surgery.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Neck Lift Incisions Placed Underneath the Chin

Neck Lift procedures are usually performed through an incision placed beneath the chin.  In some cases additional incisions are placed behind the ear as well.  These incisions are relatively short and tend to heal nicely.  Scars are initially red, but over the course of time fade and become less perceptable.  The vast majority of patients who undergo neck lift surgery are happy with their incisions and their result. 

Neck Lift Incisions are Well Hidden

Most of the incision for a neck lift is very well hidden behind the ear and following the hairline down toward the base of your scalp.  There is a very small portion of the scar may extend in front of the earlobe.  Typically, the tension that is created by the lift is placed on the scars that are most well hidden and, therefore, the scar in front of the ear is lighter and more difficult to see, even for those patients with short hair.  These are typically easily concealed by hairstyle and makeup.  Often an additional incision is made below the chin to tighten the platysmal muscle or remove fat. Those scars tend to be minimal and very inconspicuous.  Be sure to do your research and have a board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in facial surgery perform your neck lift and you will most likely be very satisfied with your result.  Good luck.

Steven L. Ringler, MD, FACS
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
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Neck lift scarring

The submental scar, placed under the chin, tends to heal beautifully and is close to invisible. I never say completely invisible because I don't want to give false impressions but it is barely visible. If you need a more comprehensive procedure, incisions would be placed around the ears and these go on to heal well and should not be apparent as well. So long as your skin is not sun damaged and you are not a smoker, healing should be quite good. As others have noted, a part of this is anatomy, part is genetics, and the third and very important element is surgical skill and attention to detail.

Robert L. Kraft, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Necklift incisions

A neck lift usually incorporates incisions around the ears and often one under the chin. These incisions usually heal very well.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Neck lift alone can be pretty inconspicuous incisions

Often a neck lift can be done with a 1" incision under the chin (blends into a crease) and two 2" incisions behind the ear in the sulcus (the crease where the ear meets the skull.  These can all be imperceptible.

Neck lift incisions

The incisions for a neck lift are threefold. There are two incisions behind the ears that are approximately one-half-inch long and are hidden in the crease. The third incision is one-inch long and made underneath the chin area hidden in the submental crease. All of these incisions tend to be minimally noticeable a month after the neck lift procedure. A neck lift procedure does not address excess sagging skin in the neck, only the excess fat above and below the platysma muscle and tightens the platysma muscle in the front over the Adam’s apple.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Neck lift incisions should not be noticeable

Select an experienced facelift surgeon and the scars should not be noticeable. No matter if the scar is under the chin, behind the ear. We make the incision in front of the ear inside the ear so it doesn't show as well. 

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

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