Neck Procedures

The appearance of the neck is influenced by many factors including sun exposure, genetics, and the aging process. At CaloAesthetics® Plastic Surgery Center, our experienced plastic surgeons offer cosmetic surgery procedures for the neck that range from simple liposuction under the chin to a complete neck lift to give their Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky, patients firm, attractive necklines.

To find out how cosmetic surgery can improve the appearance of your neck, request a consultation today at CaloAesthetics® Plastic Surgery Center or call (502) 899-9979 to schedule your visit.

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Improvements From Cosmetic Surgery of the Neck

Model ImageWomen and men in their 20s and beyond visit Dr. Calobrace and Dr. Mays for neck enhancement procedures. These procedures are personalized to provide one or a combination of the following improvements:

  • Creating a more defined jawline
  • Reducing a double chin and excess neck fat
  • Tightening lax skin and neck muscles (vertical neck banding)

Additionally, sun damage of the neck may be treated with skincare regimens, chemical peels, and laser treatments such as Fraxel re:pair®.

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Liposuction Under the Chin

Dr. Calobrace and Dr. Mays perform liposuction under the chin, called submental liposuction, to remove fatty deposits that make the neck fuller than desired and cause an undesirable contour. The excess fat can be under the skin or under the muscle. You may also want to consider KYBELLA®, a nonsurgical injectable treatment approved by the FDA specifically to reduce the fat that causes a double chin.

About the Procedure

The submental liposuction procedure takes less than an hour to complete. It is performed as an outpatient procedure with the patient under twilight or local anesthesia. The surgeon infiltrates the area with fluid, applies external ultrasonic energy, and then suctions away the fat with very thin liposuction cannulas.


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What to Expect During Recovery

Recovery following submental liposuction should last only a few days. Postoperatively, a chin strap is worn for 1 week continually and an additional week at bedtime. Risks include bruising, swelling, contour irregularities, dimpling, sensation changes, temporary motor nerve weakness, and incomplete flattening of the neck due to anatomic limitations.


Results from liposuction under the chin are noticeable almost immediately and are generally extremely impressive in appropriately selected patients. Younger patients and those who carry fat mostly in the neck are the best candidates for this procedure.

Platysmaplasty With Liposuction

The undesirable contour of the neck may be due to a combination of fatty deposits and looseness in the central neck muscles, called the platysma muscles. Platysmaplasty is a surgical procedure that addresses vertical neck bands caused by muscle laxity. Our surgeons combine it with liposuction to eliminate fatty deposits. This procedure is generally not appropriate when a significant amount of excess skin is present.

About the Procedure

Platysmaplasty with liposuction takes about an hour to complete. It is performed through an incision under the chin through which the surgeon tightens the neck muscles. The surgeon performs liposuction through a small incision placed behind each ear.

What to Expect During Recovery

Postoperatively, a chin strap is worn for 1 week continually and for an additional week at bedtime. While recovery is similar to that for submental liposuction, it usually will take longer for the neck to soften and feel normal. In addition to the risks for submental liposuction, there is a risk of poor scarring, thickening, recurrence of platysmal bands and skin irregularities/redundancy.

Neck Lift (Cervicoplasty)

The undesirable contour of the neck may be due to fatty deposits, loose neck muscles, and lax skin. Our surgeons perform neck lift surgery to address this combination of concerns that is seen most often in the aging neck. They often combine neck lift surgery with a facelift for more complete facial rejuvenation.

About the Procedure

The approach for neck lift surgery generally involves a small incision under the chin and limited incisions around and behind the ears. This procedure is similar to a lower facelift, but does not address the lower facial/jowl region and involves shorter incisions. Liposuction is performed if necessary, muscle is tightened through both the submental and lateral incisions, and skin is removed from around the ears. The surgery takes about 2 hours to complete.

What to Expect During Recovery

Neck lift recovery generally takes from a few days to a week. Postoperatively, a chin strap is worn for 5 to 7 days. The risks are similar to those for cervicoplasty, but may also include poor scarring around the ear, ear distortions, permanent nerve injuries, and skin necrosis.

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