Neck Lift In San Diego

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the neck to deal with age-related wrinkling and creasing and provide a smoother and slimmer profile for a more youthful appearance. Patients with significant dropping tissue in their necks, a neck lift will give them the best results because it smooths the jawline and restores the longer neck of youth. Also known as platysmaplasty, a neck lift addresses excess fat, double chin and hanging neck as in ‘turkey neck.’

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What are the Benefits of a Neck Lift?

There are many great advantages of a neck lift for you, including:

  • Eliminates the double chin or turkey wattle that genetics and aging create and which can be perceived as weight gain
  • Gets rid of jowls that result from losing volume in your cheeks and your jawline beginning to sag
  • Fixes turkey wattle by trimming excess skin and tightening the loose muscles of the neck because of the loss of collagen, the protein responsible for the firm appearance of your skin, and the weakening of the underlying neck muscles
  • Disposes of vertical bands by elevating the skin in the lower face and neck and tightening the underlying muscles
  • Erases wrinkles that result from collagen breakdown and exposure to the sun over the years
  • Hides scars through minimal incisions hidden in the hairline or behind the ears so they are not noticeable to other people
  • Short recovery time with most patients returning to work after a few days

Am I a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift?

The best candidates for a neck lift in San Diego are non-smokers who are in generally good health and have a realistic expectation about the outcome. People with sagging and/or wrinkling of the neck can definitely benefit from a neck lift procedure.

Recovery from a Neck Lift

You may feel your neck a little stiff or tight after your procedure. Dr. Malone can prescribe medication for pain relief. There may be some bruising and swelling that fades after a couple of weeks. It takes several weeks to make a full recovery from a neck lift although most patients return to work after one week. For the first several weeks, you should avoid turning your head from side to side and any activity involving bending your head. You will need to keep your head elevated during sleep for a week or two.

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During your consultation with Dr. Malone, you will have an opportunity to talk to her about what you would like to get done and what your apprehension may be for the procedure. Dr. Malone will evaluate your situation and your health in order to create a customized plan based on your individual facial anatomy and personal preferences to address your needs and the best facial rejuvenation treatment for you.

  • Jowls
  • Jawline
  • Neck

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A neck lift procedure can take a few hours and can be performed with no general anesthesia. You will be given intravenous sedation and be sleeping.


Incisions are hidden and used discreetly. Dr. Malone will carefully lift the muscles of the neck and remove excess skin and fat before closing the incisions using sutures or other materials. She may add a dressing around your head and underneath the chin and, if necessary, place drains.

Combining a neck lift with another facial rejuvenation procedure to create a more balanced and youthful appearance. Examples: a neck and facelifts can target sagging skin in the lower part of your face and in your neck while a neck lift and blepharoplasty can take care of droopy eyelids and neck or double chin.

There are also many great options for treatments without undergoing any surgery. Dr. Malone’s practice in La Jolla has many different laser devices for face and neck tightening as well as injectable treatments to provide a non-surgical neck lift.

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Dr. Malone’s treatments in La Jolla are highly individualized, customized for you and address your specific concerns and needs. We aim to let your refreshed appearance reflect the youthful energy that you feel on the inside. Most importantly, Dr. Malone’s aesthetic is seamless without ever drawing unwanted attention. She provides the subtle refresher that a good night’s rest no longer produces. Dr. Malone’s aesthetic is a natural, soft and balanced letting you to always put your best face forward.

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