A Neck Lift addresses one of the most common complaints people have about their appearance as they age: excess fat and fullness under the chin and loose, hanging skin in the curve of neck. There are several types of neck lift which can be performed depending upon patient circumstances and goals, but they generally involve small incisions be-hind the ears, under the chin and/or in the curve of the neck. If needed, fat is removed and the stretched muscles causing “bands” are tightened to form a firm “corset” to support the neck skin. The neck skin is then re-draped and excess skin removed. Depending upon the procedure chosen, surgery can be performed under either local or general anesthesia. Recovery time varies with the procedure chosen, but most patients can return to work and resume normal activities within a week. Pain is rarely a complaint. Full changes in patient appearance can take four to six months to appear as the body adjusts to changes in underlying muscular structure. Often a neck lift is done in conjunction with a facelift, blepharoplasty or even brow lift.