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Necklift Overview

LENGTH: Varies from 2-4 hours

ANESTHESIA: Asleep or awake


SIDE EFFECTS: Patients may experience swelling, bruising, and slight bleeding.

RISKS: Whenever a patient has any type of surgery, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, scarring, or side effects from anesthesia.

RECOVERY: Most patients return to daily activities one week after a neck lift. Some patients choose to take two weeks off. Patients are encouraged to start walking and doing light exercise two weeks after surgery. Full exercise can start 4-6 weeks after surgery.


Remarkable Care, Exceptional Results

The neck is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Skin laxity becomes a significant issue in the front of the neck as we age, sometimes resulting in “turkey neck.” Submental fat can also accumulate under the chin, giving the appearance of a double chin.

A neck lift, also called a lower rhytidectomy, revitalizes the appearance of your neck and throat. Compared to a mini-lift or traditional facelift, this cosmetic procedure in Charlotte is less invasive, requires smaller incisions, and targets the neck alone.

The top aesthetic destination of the south, Carolina Facial Plastics, is led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh. With his team of cosmetic experts, a fully accredited surgery center, and a private recovery
retreat all located in the heart of SouthPark, Carolina Facial Plastics is known for unparalleled and natural-looking results exclusively for the face.

Dr. Kulbersh in Charlotte knows that everyone ages differently, and provides his patients with a customized neck lift treatment plan. The goal of a lower rhytidectomy treatment is to erase the signs of sagging neck skin, reduce turkey neck, and leave patients with a beautiful throat and neckline.

As part of his customized face and neck treatment plan, Dr. Kulbersh provides patients with the option to have local anesthesia rather than general. During the procedure, you will receive medications to help you relax so that you feel little discomfort during the treatment.

Forgoing general anesthesia in favor of localized anesthesia may also result in quicker recovery time. Regardless of the type of anesthesia, Dr. Kulbersh performs the surgery at his own operating room to ensure your safety and privacy throughout your process.

Those who have significant skin laxity that has led to the formation of a “turkey neck” will benefit most from a neck lift surgery. This procedure can also address submental fat that has formed under the chin and horizontal banding that can develop when the underlying muscle loses some of its firmness. Dr. Kulbersh will customize your surgery to tighten the muscle, reposition tissue, and remove fat and excess skin.

When rejuvenating the face and neck, Dr. Kulbersh believes lifting the deeper tissues and muscle before excising the loose skin provides natural and long-lasting results. He never recommends targeting the loose skin alone when addressing signs of aging, even though the skin is the most visible concern.

Dr. Kulbersh uses the “hammock maneuver” to perform his neck lifts. As the name suggests, the technique is similar to tightening the sides of a hammock. First, he will make a small incision underneath the chin to hide post-operative scarring. Next, he identifies and tightens the platysma, the muscles of the throat region, to produce an angled jawline.

Finally, Dr. Kulbersh tightens the deeper tissue along the jawline and around the lower part of the ear to pull up the sagging tissue. This technique results in a smooth and very defined jawline.

Many patients will also opt to have excess fat on the neck and jowls removed with liposuction at the same time as the surgical neck lift to produce optimal results.

After surgery, Dr. Kulbersh will apply a dressing to protect the area, which he will remove the following day. The procedure is not painful for most patients, but he will prescribe pain and anti-nausea medications as a precaution. Patients should expect 7-10 days of recovery time after their neck lift.

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Exclusive Surgical Center and Comprehensive Post-Operative Care

To provide patients with expert cosmetic surgical treatment and 24/7 post-operative care, Dr. Kulbersh opened Fairview Surgical Suites and Fairview Recovery Retreat. Whether undergoing a neck lift or other elective aesthetic procedure, patients can expect to undergo surgery in a safe, sterile operating center with around-the-clock post-surgical care in a private, luxurious hotel-like setting.

Frequently asked questions

A: While a surgical lower rhytidectomy can tighten sagging skin, reduce turkey neck, and produce a beautiful jawline, it cannot erase sun damage. Many patients in Charlotte decide to have a chemical peel or laser resurfacing treatment in addition to surgery to remove sun damage and age spots. Combining a neck lift with aesthetic procedures that rejuvenate the skin often offers patients optimal results.

A: The results of a neck lift can last for approximately 10 years. Keep in mind that you will continue to age, so it is not possible to completely stop the skin on your neck from losing elasticity. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle, use medical-grade skincare, and protect your skin from sun damage, you may be able to extend the length of your neck lift results.

You may be a candidate for a neck lift if you have noticed substantial signs of aging in this area. Symptoms might include horizontal banding, skin laxity, the formation of a “turkey wattle,” or small accumulations of fat around the neck, chin, and jawline.

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