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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Necklift Incisions

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As with any facial plastic surgery procedure, the surgeon should do their best to minimize the size of the incisions as much as possible. With necklift procedures, incisions are usually made behind the ears, which is easily concealed by hair for both men and women after surgery. The more experience the surgeon has with necklifts, the better they are able to strategically make the incisions to minimize scarring in visible places. If you are considering a necklift, it's important to consult with a board certified physician who will be able to assess you and show you exactly where the incisions would be made for you specifically. Every procedure should be customized to the face and neck of each particular patient.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Neck Lift Incisions Are Usually Very Well Hidden

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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.

Neck lift incision appearance

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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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Scars after Necklift

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It is very important to look very closely at before and after images performed by a plastic surgeon you are considering for a necklift. Ideally, scars from a neck lift will fade to being virtually imperceptible.  Look at many, many before and after images including close ups of scars. Also pay close attention to the hairline and position of the ears. 

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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What Do Neck Lift Incisions Look Like?

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The excess skin is removed by a thin incision under the neck and stitched again. The scar won’t be visible since it is located under the chin and it is very thin.

The excess fat tissue is also removed with a special device called VASER which removes only the fat without harming any other tissue. This device allows the surgeon to remove more fat precisely and complete the surgery in a shorter

Bulent Cihantimur, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
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Neck Lift Incisions are Well Hidden

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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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Scars are designed to be hidden

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Incisions are usually under the chin and in front and behind the ears. They are designed to be well hidden. Your surgeon can help show you exactly where the incisions would fall on your face.

Brian K. Machida, MD, FACS
Ontario Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Necklift: what do the incisions look like

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As a general rule, a necklift incision starts right in front of or within the hairline on the temple, follows the curve of the front of the ear, travels underneath the earlobe, and ends at the hairline behind the ear.  There are also shorter scar techniques preferred by many patients, which do not have incisions in the hairline. #scar #neck

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Neck lift incision lines

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Neck lift incisions are well hidden behinds the ears and along the hairlines. It will take a couple of months for the incision lines to be inconspicuous. Be sure to consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon. 

Kevin Sadati, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Neck lift scarring

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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.

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