Dr. Richard Balikian regularly performs the neck lift for San Diego patients to restore a youthful appearance to the neck. This cosmetic surgical procedure can tighten many different types of tissue in the neck and remove excess tissue, resulting in an elegant and contoured look.

The Benefits of a Neck Lift

The neck lift offers many benefits:

  • This procedure can treat a double chin, jowls, and a turkey wattle.
  • It can tighten sagging skin, remove excess stubborn fat, and tight and rejoin sagging muscle tissue.
  • It can recontour the neck for a more youthful and fit appearance.
  • It can be paired with a facelift to provide more comprehensive facial revitalization.

Am I a Good Neck Lift Candidate?

The best candidates for neck lifts are people who have drooping neck skin, embarrassing bulging neck fat, or loose muscle tissue in the neck. Good candidates are non-smokers, since smoking negatively affects the health of the skin and results in a prolonged healing period. Good candidates have realistic expectations and are in good health.

Neck Lift Techniques

Three techniques are commonly utilized in neck lifts: platysmaplasty, cervicoplasty, and liposuction. The exact techniques that will be used for your case depend on your aesthetic needs and goals.

Platysmaplasty – This technique involves rejoining and tightening loose platysma muscles. These sheets of muscle extend from the chin all the way down to the chest. They can be tightened in the neck using internal sutures.

Cervicoplasty – This technique involves trimming away sagging skin on the neck and tightening the remaining skin. It is performed using scalpel excision.

Liposuction – This technique involves insertion of a tube called a cannula. Excess fatty tissue is removed through this tube via medical suction, reducing the volume of the area.

The Procedure

At the start of the neck lift, anesthesia is administered to ensure that the procedure is free of any pain. Very small incisions are then made behind the ears and/or below the chin. These allow Dr. Balikian access to the underlying tissues.

Platysmaplasty, cervicoplasty, and liposuction are performed as needed in order to achieve the patient’s goals. Once this is finished, the incisions are closed using stitches.

The Healing Process and What to Expect

During the course of the recovery and healing process, you will need to follow Dr. Balikian’s directions closely. This will ensure a recovery that is as short and comfortable as possible.

It will be necessary to stay home from work until cleared to return. During this time, you will be taking care of your incisions and using cold compresses on any bruising and swelling in the area. Keep your head elevated at all times, even while you are sleeping, to help control swelling.

How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost?

Many factors impact the cost of a neck lift procedure. The length of time the procedure requires, the amount of tissue removed, and the exact techniques used can all affect the final price.

Richard V. Balikian, MD, FACS

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Dr. Balikian is an experienced, double board-certified, facial plastic surgeon. He is double board-certified both in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Balikian belongs to a very select group of elite cosmetic surgeons with at least six years of specialized surgical training exclusively in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck.

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I felt well prepared prior to surgery and excited.


I always planned to have a facelift but was really apprehensive about scars and the ‘Joker face’ look, but when I saw the lower facelift/neck lift results on another of his patients, I was finally ready. Dr. Balikian and his staff answered all my questions and I felt well prepared prior to surgery and excited. […] I’m only 12 days post-op and have no visible suture lines. My saggy neck skin and jowls are gone! I just look refreshed and younger, far from the ‘Joker face’ look I was afraid of. I’m really happy with my results and I will recommend Dr. Balikian without hesitation.