The neck is a common area patients seek improvements in with surgery. Signs of aging in the neck are the result of loosening muscle and skin and sometimes the accumulation of fat. The medical literature recognizes youthful contours and angles to the neck and jawline which surgeons can strive for. However, all patients are not born with these features. In fact, there probably is no true “ideal” neck which every patient possesses in youth.
There are many approaches to a neck lift. My approach is through a deep plane neck lift in the central neck in addition to a deep plane lift of the sides of the neck through the extended deep plane facelift. I feel this approach can provide the most comprehensive and longest-lasting improvements in the appearance of the neck. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have concerns about your neck. It is important to have a discussion with your surgeon about what can and cannot be accomplished with surgery to treat age-related changes to the neck.