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A neck lift is a plastic surgery procedure, during which your plastic surgeon removes excess fat and/or skin from your neck and restores and more youthful appearance. Drs. Perrotta and Pellegrino are highly experienced plastic surgeons who have performed numerous successful neck surgeries on both men and women using advanced surgical techniques.

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Candidates for Neck Enhancement Surgery

  • A man or woman who is unhappy with the appearance of his/her neck
  • A man or woman with a collection of fat, excess skin, and/or muscle bands on the neck

The Goals of a Neck Lift

  • A more youthful or attractive contour of the neck and jaw line
  • Tighter, smoother skin on the neck
  • An absence of excess muscle bands on the neck
  • An absence of fullness of the neck due to an accumulation of fat
  • Improved self-image

Initial Consultation for a Neck Lift

Drs. Perrotta and Pellegrino have developed a sensitive and friendly process for preparing you for neck lift surgery. Your consultation is important because you and your plastic surgeon must be “on the same page” regarding the results you want. This is why Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino will devote as much time as necessary to discuss your individual goals and needs with you.

Dr. Pellegrino or Dr. Perrotta performs a focused physical examination to provide preliminary recommendations and determine whether you would also benefit from a facelift. Once he determines his surgical plan, our aesthetic coordinator will produce a written quote which lists all costs of your proposed surgery so that there are no surprises. At that time, an appointment is set for your pre-op visit.

Pre-Op Visit

Much is covered during your pre-op visit. First, one of our highly trained medical assistants will take pre-op photos. Next, your surgeon will explain the surgical technique to you and thoroughly inform you as to what you can expect, including any potential complications. Note that all procedures involve some risk, but major complications from a neck lift are rare.

Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino will then obtain a more complete medical history from you and perform a final pre-op physical examination, including a check of your vital functions to ensure that you are physically fit for surgery. Prior to releasing you from your pre-op visit, your doctor and our staff will give you detailed instructions for the time leading up to your surgery, as well as for the time immediately following it.

The Neck Lift Surgery

There are multiple procedures available for neck enhancement. The one Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino chooses for you will depend on your particular concerns and anatomy. Most neck lifts include one or more of the following:

  • Removal of fat by liposuction or direct excision
  • Trimming and tightening of the platysma muscles bands
  • Tightening of the skin with the laser/liposuction machine
  • Surgical removal of excess skin

The type of surgery will also determine the type of anesthesia that is required. If all you need is liposuction, your surgeon can perform your surgery with a local anesthetic alone, and the procedure only takes 45 minutes! If additional work is necessary, you will probably require IV sedation or general anesthesia.

Dr. Perrotta and Dr. Pellegrino always place your incisions at locations that are the most inconspicuous possible. After surgery is completed, our staff will apply a bulky dressing or an elastic neck band. If you need a full neck lift, you might need a drain or two, and you will be given full after-care instructions.

Post-Op Recovery

You should be able to shower 1-2 days following surgery, and you will probably be asked to wear the neck band for 1-2 weeks. Any bruising and swelling should disappear within three weeks of surgery. After your procedure, you will follow up with us several times so that we can monitor your healing.


Neck lifts are performed for cosmetic reasons. Therefore, they are not covered by insurance.


Contact us today to schedule a Neck Lift consultation.