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When to consider a neck lift with Cleveland Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Diana Ponsky


How often do you forget to extend cream, serum, or sunscreen application down your neck? The delicate skin of the neck is especially vulnerable to the effects of aging, genetics, and environmental influence, but it is often forgotten in regular skincare regimes. It is unfortunately not effective to exercise neck muscles to keep them taut and toned. As a result, many patients experience skin laxity, deep creases, softening muscles, and the development of fatty deposits  on the neck and jawline over time. Neck cording, or platysmal bands, can stretch from the chin and jaw down to the bottom of the neck.

A neck lift treats excess skin on the neck by separating the skin from underlying tissues and creating tighter, more youthful contours by carefully lifting and draping the skin into a new position. A neck lift also addresses fullness under the chin, and may even be appropriate for younger patients who are interested in improving their jawline and neck contour. Our advanced techniques will smooth and rejuvenate your neck for a natural-looking enhancement personalized tailored to your anatomy and goals.

How It Helps

There are several variations of this procedure depending on individual needs. A neck lift can help eliminate the look of large jowls, loose neck skin and fat accumulation under the chin. Loose or sagging skin from weakened or loose neck muscles that cause the “turkey wattle” can be addressed, along with the appearance of neckbands. A neck lift will also diminish age-related wrinkling and creasing in this area, and provide a smoother, slimmer profile and increased definition along the jawline.

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What to expect before a neck lift

Dr. Diana Ponsky will begin your consultation by asking about your goals and expectations, then discuss any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors. After examining, photographing, and analyzing your face, expect to discuss potential options and a recommended course of treatment, as well as outcomes, risks, or potential complications.


What to expect during a neck lift

A neck lift can be performed with local anesthesia and oral sedation, but it is more frequently performed with IV sedation to optimize comfort during the procedure. In order to address excess skin of the neck, incisions are made under the chin and around the ears. After the underlying platysma muscle is tightened, the excess skin is trimmed, and the hidden incisions are then sutured. Sometimes, fullness under the chin can be addressed with an incision under the chin alone. Liposuction of the neck can be performed through tiny hidden incisions under the chin or jawline.


What to expect after a neck lift

Expect to wear a gentle compression bandage for 3 days, and then at night for the remainder of the week, unless instructed otherwise. Recovery takes time and it is important to be patient with the process. During recovery at home, plan to have ice packs, gauze and towels, and antibacterial ointment for the incision sites on hand. Plan to keep your head elevated for a time, including while sleeping. Most people can return to work in 10-14 days.

What Our Patients Say

  • The office was nice. Receptionist was very polite. Dr. Ponsky was great. The experience was comfortable and she explained everything to me before doing anything. She made sure I understood. Thank you Dr. Ponsky!

    - YM( Cleveland Facial Plastic Surgery )
  • I have always been apprehensive of ANY cosmetic procedures. Not any more! Dr Ponsky and her entire staff are friendly, professional and reassuring. Dr Ponsky is gentle, thorough, professional, talented, knows medicine and her craft. I can’t recommend this entire practice more. It is a gift that we have her in Cleveland.

    - SA( Cosmetic Surgery, Cleveland )
  • I can’t be happier with the results of my Rhinoplasty on both aspects functionally and aesthetically, Dr. Ponsky did such a great job, before, during, and after surgery, she is on top of everything and follow her patients very carefully after surgery to ensure complete healing and great results. Thank you Dr. Ponsky and her staff from the bottom of my heart🙏🙏

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    - A( Rhinoplasty, Cleveland )
  • I have nothing but positive to say about Dr. Ponsky and her entire staff! The first time I came in for a appointment I felt a welcoming and warm energy from the entire group . Dr. Ponsky’s assistant Jaime is fabulous and I love how she can answer all my questions if I don’t understand all!!
    Thank you everyone !!!

    - DB( )
  • Dr Ponsky’s staff are full of energy and very friendly. They are extremely personable, and worked to ensure that I felt comfortable and had everything I needed (down to a blanket during the procedure). Dr Ponsky is thorough, sweet, and gentle in her explanations. She made sure to explain the answers to each of my questions and I never felt rushed/forced to make a decision. I love the fact that we could do the entire procedure under local anesthesia.

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    - EE( Blepharoplasty, Cleveland )