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Neck Lift

A neck lift, sometimes referred to as platysmaplasty, can tighten the skin and remove fat in the neck. Having a neck lift reduces the wrinkles and loose skin associated with aging and provides a taut, slimmer profile. Some patients choose to do other procedures at the same time, such as a facelift, lip augmentation, or eye lift

What to expect during a neck lift

At Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, the procedure is done on an outpatient basis and may take a few hours. You will receive either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. The plastic surgeon will then tighten the muscles in the neck and remove excess skin and fat. After surgery, your plastic surgeon will wrap a pressure dressing around your head and underneath your chin.

Recovery from neck lift surgery

Pain is typically not a problem. You will have a feeling of tightness of your newly contoured neck; however this is generally not uncomfortable to patients. You will also have some swelling and possibly bruising, which will diminish over a couple of weeks.

Scars are very well hidden around and behind the ear, as well as a very small one under the chin.

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We offer services at five convenient locations in and around Baltimore, Maryland:
   • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
   • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
   • Green Spring Station
   • Odenton
   • White Marsh

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