Neck Lift
Beverly Hills

Even during younger years, signs of aging can appear around the neck seemingly overnight. From excess skin to banding & wrinkles, these changes can have an impact on your appearance and how confident you feel in it. With a neck lift in Beverly Hills, you can rejuvenate the neck area, tightening tissues and skin for a natural, youthful look.

Dr. Jonathan Sykes is proud to offer personalized cosmetic procedures that deliver results that can give your appearance a boost. As a specialist in facial cosmetic surgery, Dr. Sykes has helped thousands of patients achieve their goals, looking at their absolute best. Get started on planning your neck lift in Beverly Hills today!

Neck lift before and after patient 3a
Neck lift before and after patient 3c
Neck lift before and after patient 3b

What Is a Neck Lift?

Also called a rhytidectomy, a neck lift is a surgical procedure that can be used to improve the appearance of the neck. This may involve removing excess skin, fat, or muscle in the neck area. A neck lift can also tighten loose skin and muscles, resulting in a smoother and more youthful appearance.

A neck lift is often performed in combination with other facial procedures such as a facelift, eyelid surgery, or brow lift. Choosing a combined plan can help produce more comprehensive results and a balanced look.

Mini Neck Lift

In some cases, patients may only require a mini neck lift, one of Dr. Sykes’ specialties. This is a less invasive version of the neck lift that still offers excellent results. The mini neck lift utilizes a shorter skin incision and a smaller field of dissection in the neck. This kind of procedure is appropriate for patients with very minimal signs of neck aging. A mini lift is not suitable if a large amount of fat or skin laxity is present. When a large amount of neck skin redundancy is present, a more traditional neck or lower facelift is necessary.

Mini neck lifts are usually best for patients between 30 and 50 seeking a sharper, more contoured jawline and a smoother, slenderer neck. A facelift alone will not adequately address telltale signs of aging on the lower face and neck. This is why some people opt to get a facelift, chin augmentation, and mini neck lift for more uniform facial rejuvenation. Other patients opt for a mini neck lift alone if they merely want to remove excess submental fat or sagging skin.

Benefits of a Neck Lift

  • Smoother, tighter, younger-looking skin
  • Reduce and remove wrinkles and banding in the neck
  • Restore confidence in your appearance
  • Combat the signs of aging and restore a youthful look
  • Minimal scarring
  • Shorter recovery periods

Am I a Candidate for a Neck Lift?

The best candidates for neck lift surgery are those who are in good general health and have loose, saggy skin around the neck. Patients should also have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve.

During your consultation, Dr. Sykes will evaluate your aesthetic goals and perform a thorough examination of your neck. He will also assess your skin elasticity and muscle tone to ensure you are a good candidate for neck lift surgery.

If you are not yet ready for surgery, or if your skin laxity is minimal, there are other options available to help improve the appearance of your neck. These may include facial injectables, laser treatments, or neck-specific creams and serums, depending on your personal needs.

What Is the Procedure Like?

Dr. Sykes typically performs a neck lift as an outpatient procedure. Once you are comfortable through anesthetic (local or sedation), he will begin by making small incisions near the hairline, in front of or behind the ear, or under the chin. Through these incisions, he will be able to access the underlying muscles and tissue.

Next, he will tighten the neck muscles and remove any excess skin. In some cases, he may also neck liposuction to remove any stubborn pockets of fat. Finally, he will close the incisions with dissolvable stitches or surgical tape.

The entire procedure usually takes about two hours to complete. However, this will vary depending on the extent of work being done and whether you are combining procedures for enhanced results.

The Recovery Process

After neck lift surgery, you can expect some swelling and bruising around the neck. This is normal and will gradually subside over the first few weeks of recovery. To help with discomfort, your surgeon may prescribe medication. It is important to take these as directed and to avoid any strenuous activity or lifting during the first few weeks of recovery. Dr. Sykes will monitor your progress and give you the go-ahead when you are ready to resume daily activities.

When Can I See Results?

Most patients see initial results within a week or two of neck lift surgery. However, it can take up to six months for the final results to be visible as swelling continues to dissipate.

What is mini neck lift recovery like?


Mini neck lift recovery is generally shorter and less painful than a full neck lift because incisions are less invasive and there is less trauma to delicate tissue. Patients should expect to take 7-10 days away from work or normal activities, and to wear a supportive neck garment for the first week after surgery. Most patients experience a swift recovery, and any initial pain or soreness is easily managed with pain medications. As always, follow your doctor’s post-operative care instructions closely, and keep your head elevated (especially when sleeping) for the first few days after your procedure to reduce swelling and discomfort. 

The results from mini neck lifts are usually very satisfactory to patients. As with any cosmetic surgery, success is dependent on careful individualized diagnosis, communication between you and your surgeon as to what can be achieved, and the limitations. Plus, a candid explanation of the healing times is essential.

Neck lift before and after patient 4a
Neck lift before and after patient 4b

Schedule Your Consultation Today

With a neck lift, you can tighten and restore your appearance for a refreshed look. With more than one version of the procedure available, you can bring out your best the way you want. Call our office today or use our online form to schedule your consultation for a neck lift in Beverly Hills with Dr. Jonathan Sykes. Dr. Sykes works closely with you to discover your aesthetic expectations and then builds your plan to achieve them. With careful, compassionate communication, he is by your side to provide a personalized experience with your goals always at the center. Contact us today to learn more about a mini neck lift and take the next step toward your ideal self.

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