I Am 68 and Petite, I Have a Chicken Neck and Jowels. Would a Neck Lift Be Enough to Help Give Me a More Youthful Appearence?

I am 5' and weigh 122

Doctor Answers 18

Neck Lift Alone Will Not Correct Jowls

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Thank you for your question.

A Neck Lift will tighten your neck but will not improve the jaw line and jowls.

Take your hands and push up on the neck to tighten the neck. Do you see the excess skin which has been pushed up onto your jaw line. Just doing a neck lift will leave this excess skin pushed up onto the jaw line.

You will need at least a lower Facelift in addition to the neck lift. A full Facelift would be your best option.

Neck lift not enough

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From your photos it would not appear that a neck lift alone will be enough to give you a great result.  A facelift (cheek and neck lift) is more what you look to need because you show changes in the cheeks, jawline, and neck.  Actually, a neck lift alone is rather rare.

Would a Neck Lift Be Enough To Improve Neck & Jowls

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It's best to begin by consulting with a surgeon in-person. The presence of banding down the front of the #neck, and, amount of excess skin and condition of your skin are among some factors which determine what treatments will best rejuvenate your neck . During an in-person examination, your chin will be evaluated along with the neck and jawline.
However, you may want to consider Lite-lift™ which is an affordable, quick, and effective innovative facelift developed by board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Larry Nichter and myself. The goal of the #LiteLift is to provide a less invasive natural looking option for both men and women desiring to refresh their appearance with less downtime and risks. The LiteLift® is a “real” facelift, which does address the underlying muscle, tissue and overlying skin.

This is a modified facelift that can be performed in the office with a local anesthetic and improve signs of aging around the neck, jawbone and lower face. These procedures are not "Thread-lifts" or "String-lifts". We do not use the "barbed" sutures employed in these other lifting operations. The Lite-lift™ uses longer lasting techniques. Because the incisions are limited, there is less bruising, swelling and healing time for most patients. Many patients can be back to work in one to two weeks looking rested and more youthful.
The best candidates for #LiteLift are non-smoking patients 35-60 years old with stable skin elasticity, well-defined bone structure but showing early changes of the lower face and the neck. Older patients who cannot or do not wish to have a longer operation or general anesthetic can be improved with a Lite Lift™. All in all, Lite Lift™ surgery is individualized for each patient.

A board certified plastic surgeon should evaluate both your anatomical features and aesthetic goals to suggest which procedure best suits your needs. In some cases there may be more than one option to choose from. If you are not a candidate at the time of your #consultation, your board surgeon can recommend non-surgical alternatives to address your concern.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Neck and Jowl Improvement

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Based on your photos and to achieve the desired results you've noted, the best option for you may be a traditional facelift and necklift along with laser resurfacing.  I would recommend scheduling a consultation with a board certified facial plastic surgeon to determine what will work best for you.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 124 reviews

Face and Neck Lift for Neck and Jowls

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   A face and neck lift is a far more powerful tool than neck lift alone and has applicability to a far greater number of patients.

At age 68, facelift and neck lift should be done together.

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Everything sags together beginning at the cheek bones.  So it does not make sense to try to lift the lower part (neck) only.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Neck lift will not address jowls

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At 68 years old a neck lift will not do anything for the excess skin that is present.  A face/neck lift is the proper procedure.  Excess skin is tightened in the neck and jowls, fat is removed from the neck, and tightening the platysmal muscle in 3 locations.  There will be a significant amount of excess skin at age 68 and a lower face/neck lift is the appropriate procedure.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

Neck lift - expected results

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From your photo, I'd recommend a combined facelift and necklift.  Combining the two operations will allow you to blend the two areas better.  Although it is more expensive the outcomes are spectacular! 

Best wishes!!

Neck lift alone OK but not best option

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If one part of the face is rejuvenated in excess of the rest it may at times draw attention to the parts that were not rejuvenated.  This is why we often perform a comprehensive facial rejuvenation for optimal balance and harmony

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 231 reviews

Is a neck lift enough for me

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A neck lift is good at addressing banding in the neck from a sagging platysma muscle. It is not effective at addressing jowls. A facelift is the most effective way to lift the sagging fat in the cheeks that creates the jowl look. In your case, I think you would be best served with a facelift and a neck lift as a combined procedure which is a very common procedure.

Todd C. Miller, MD
Newport Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon

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