NECK LIFT

Safety. Natural Results. Concealed Scars. Rapid Recovery

If you are searching for an experienced facial plastic surgeon with this as a priority, we are a great match!

What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift is a procedure that enhances the appearance of the neck by removing excess fat and/or skin, and occasionally modifying deeper neck structures. This combination improves the contour of the jawline or the area under the chin. Often performed alongside liposuction or a facelift, it can also be done independently, particularly in younger patients (LONGEVITY LINK ACA) (even in their twenties), which is one of Dr. Rivera-Serrano’s favorite procedures.

 

Our 4 Pillars

1. Safety: We operate in accredited facilities with state-of-the-art technologies. We use anesthetists who specialize in plastic surgery procedures and avoid general anesthesia whenever possible.

2. Natural Results: We minimize the chances of classic neck lift telltale signs such as earlobe displacement and abnormal lines by employing the most modern SMAS techniques, combined with the artistic eye and experience of the surgeon.

3. Concealed Scars: We make the scars nearly invisible, if not completely so, through careful selection of incision sites and the use of advanced “SMAS” techniques that prevent skin tension.

4. Rapid Recovery: Our custom protocols and combination of pre/intra/post-operative medications, hyperbaric oxygen, IV supplementation, and specialized anesthesia techniques aim to decrease recovery time.

Achieve A Face That Matches Your Spirit

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ZenNeck Lift™ A Modern Take on Lifting

Our ZenNeck Lift™ approach stems from blending various philosophies and methodologies to craft the ultimate facial rejuvenation procedure, centered on our core pillars: Safety, Natural Results, Concealed Scars, and Rapid Recovery. It goes beyond mere technique—we reject one-size-fits-all solutions or cookie-cutter approaches. Instead, we champion a personalized approach tailored to each individual’s unique aging concerns, anatomy, and aspirations. Our holistic method extends throughout the surgical journey, integrating optimal nutrition and medications to minimize bruising and enhance overall recovery.

ZenNeck Lift™: A Tailored & Comprehensive Approach

What to expect from the procedure

1. Improving sagging tissues in the neck and lower face, including jowls if necessary.

2. Removing or reshaping neck fat/volume using a Biplanar or Deep Plane approach, which includes fat removal above or below the platysma muscle and selective gland or muscle reduction. Dr. Rivera is one of the few surgeons in the country who performs deep neck surgery reshaping, including partial submandibular gland removal.

2. Enhancing neck skin using advanced technologies like the Sciton® full-field Erbium laser (fully tunable and safest skin resurfacing laser on the market) and/or Radiofrequency Microneedling (Morpheus8, Vivace) in selected patients.

4. In younger patients, no incisions or scars are needed around the ears; only a small hidden scar below the chin suffices.

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Achieve your ideal neck in a single visit

Your Surgeon: What makes him a true Neck expert?

Among many surgeons claiming to be experts, Dr. Rivera-Serrano is one of the country’s most highly trained face & neck plastic surgeons. He has completed two separate residencies (in plastic surgery and head & neck surgery/ENT) and two clinical fellowships at some of the most prestigious institutions in North America, Asia, and Europe. One of his fellowships focused on advanced craniofacial and microsurgery, and in the past, he routinely performed complex surgery for face and neck cancer in deeper anatomical areas than most plastic surgeons ever venture given this is not part of their core training. He is double board-certified and has vast surgical experience, having successfully performed thousands of surgical cases. Dr. Rivera-Serrano has also served as a University Professor of Surgery, teaching residents how to perform plastic surgery. He has authored scientific articles and book chapters and has won multiple awards throughout his career. For more information, click here.

Your Procedure with me

Overall, a well-performed neck lift using modern techniques should not make you look different. Dr. Rivera-Serrano knows this, and his focus is to make you look like yourself, only younger. Please look at all the before and after pictures in the photo gallery as examples. Occasionally, in addition to a neck lift, some patients want a few additional procedures to make certain features more attractive or improve facial harmony, such as nose surgery or chin augmentation. In combination with a neck lift, these procedures can not only rejuvenate but also enhance facial attractiveness, proportions, and balance

Frequent questions

A neck lift is a very tailored procedure. It is not a one size fits all. The type of neck lift, duration of the operation, and complexity depend on the treatment goals, the areas that need to be treated, and the severity of each individual aging sign or neck deformities (in younger patients), which vary greatly among individuals. Therefore, each surgery is tailored. Some people may benefit from a traditional neck lift with incisions (scars) behind the ears, while others may benefit from only a scar under the chin. Some patients may see results from liposuction only, while others may need a deep neck lift or a bi-planar neck lift, which are very advanced techniques only performed by a few plastic surgeons. In the latter techniques, the deep structures of the neck are modified, including potential partial removal of fat, deep muscles, and submandibular glands. In general, Dr. Rivera-Serrano does not recommend isolated neck lifts in aging females, given the results of also adding a lift of the face makes the overall result much better and longer-lasting due to tissue mechanics.  Dr. Rivera-Serrano has particular expertise in neck lifting due to his extensive and unique training background in neck cancer surgery and his understanding of neck anatomy. A personal consultation will determine what is best for you.

A neck lift is a very tailored procedure. It is not a one size fits all. The type of neck lift, duration of the operation, and complexity depend on the treatment goals, the areas that need to be treated, and the severity of each individual aging sign or neck deformities (in younger patients), which vary greatly among individuals. Therefore, each surgery is tailored. Some people may benefit from a traditional neck lift with incisions (scars) behind the ears, while others may benefit from only a scar under the chin. Some patients may see results from liposuction only, while others may need a deep neck lift or a bi-planar neck lift, which are very advanced techniques only performed by a few plastic surgeons. In the latter techniques, the deep structures of the neck are modified, including potential partial removal of fat, deep muscles, and submandibular glands. In general, Dr. Rivera-Serrano does not recommend isolated neck lifts in aging females, given the results of also adding a lift of the face makes the overall result much better and longer-lasting due to tissue mechanics.  Dr. Rivera-Serrano has particular expertise in neck lifting due to his extensive and unique training background in neck cancer surgery and his understanding of neck anatomy. A personal consultation will determine what is best for you.

Some situations to consider a Neck Lift: You see wrinkles and excess skin on your neck. You have a “turkey wattle” that you dislike or makes you look much older than your age. You feel that your neck does not reflect your energy levels, youthful character, or spirit. You show signs of neck aging that do not match your age. You believe that your neck’s excess skin and sagginess is a career, professional, or social handicap. Your neck looks aged, but you want to look refreshed. You feel your neck bulges out or is too fat. You feel you have lost the distinct sharpness of the jawline from your youth.

Recovery duration varies individually; typically, it spans 1-3 weeks. After one week, many resume Zoom meetings, though some may experience residual swelling or bruising. Exercise is advised against for the initial 3 weeks. Larger social events or red carpet appearances are suitable after 4-6 weeks, adjusted based on individual healing and procedure extent.

Before & after

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These are testimonials from patients who had Neck Llifts by Dr. Carlos Rivera-Serrano

Patient with Scarless Neck Lift

Patient with Scarless Neck Lift

Patient with Direct Neck Lift