• Anesthesia:
    Local with sedation
  • Duration:
    2.5 hours
  • Pain level:
  • Recovery time:
    10 to 15 days
  • Resuming physical activities:
    4 weeks

A neck lift is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the neck by removing loose skin and excess fat as well as eliminating vertical folds caused by the platysma muscle in the neck. Droopy skin in the neck area is one of the earliest signs of aging for many people. These changes can appear suddenly or worsen after weight loss. A neck lift will define the jawline and remove the double chin, improving the appearance of your front and side profile.

Dr. Perry Gdalevitch is known for producing attractive, beautiful, and natural-looking neck lift results that make you look more youthful, rejuvenated, and rested. With her experience and expertise, your results will be natural!

Patients who are good candidates for this procedure

  • Are at a stable and healthy weight
  • Have no significant medical problems
  • Non-smokers
  • Not on blood thinners
  • Have loose, sagging skin around the neck
  • Desire a more contoured, shapely jawline
  • Want to reduce the look of a double chin and improve their neck angle

Patients who are poor candidates for this procedure

  • Obese (want or need to lose weight)
  • Smoker
  • Have serious medical problems
  • On blood thinners

Are you a good candidate?

Our Self-Evaluation Quiz can help you decide if a neck lift is the right procedure for you.

Techniques for Neck Lift

The scars from neck lift surgery usually fall within the posterior hairline, around the ear, and under the chin. They are designed to be inconspicuous. You will be able to wear your hair just as you did before surgery. The incisions for a neck lift are in a similar location to those of a full facelift which is why these two procedures are often performed together.

During your surgery, Dr. Gdalevitch may first remove excess fat with liposuction. Through the incisions made, she will tighten and lift the muscles of the neck and create a more defined neck contour. For many patients, it is important to tighten the platysma muscle. This is the muscle that creates vertical bands in the neck. This is done by an incision underneath the chin, followed by bringing either side of the muscle together. Once the underlying structures have been tightened, the skin is re-draped, and the excess skin is excised. A drain is usually inserted to remove any excess fluid during your recovery.

At Phi Plastic Surgery, we believe that a beautiful body can take many shapes and sizes. The Phi philosophy centers on respecting your body's proportions and helping you let your inner beauty shine.

We offer our patients the best, most advanced techniques to help them achieve their aesthetic goals.

Pre-op & post-op instructions

These pre-surgical and post-surgical instructions are provided as essential services for you. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure optimum results. If there are instructions that need to be clarified, please feel free to contact our office as soon as possible. If some instructions are not followed, your surgery could be delayed if deemed necessary by your surgeon.


ONE MONTH before your surgery

  • Stop using contraceptive pills or hormone therapy.
  • A pre-operative visit (if necessary) approximately one month before your surgery will be scheduled to review your goals and provide you with additional information regarding your surgery.

THREE WEEKS before your surgery

  • Stop all consumption of collagen
  • Complete your preoperative tests. Be sure to complete all prescribed pre-operative tests (ECG blood tests, etc.). If all medical results and clearances of your tests are not received on time, your surgery may be delayed.
  • Prepare your surgery date: Plan to ensure a stress-free experience. Arrange your work leave and special assistance to help you with ride home. Prepare your return by organizing meals, delivery, babysitting, etc. Make sure you have someone scheduled to accompany you home after your surgery. Someone should also be on-call to help you during the first 24 hours after your surgery.

TWO WEEKS before your surgery

  • Stop the consumption of anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • A preoperative visit (if necessary), approximately two weeks before your surgery, will be scheduled to review your goals and provide you with additional information regarding your surgery.

SEVEN DAYS before your surgery

  • Stop taking any supplements or medications from the list below. These products can increase the risk of bleeding and other complications. Stop consuming any non-prescribed supplements including: Omega 3-6, nutricap, echinacea, glucosamine, fat burners, St. John’s wort. Aspirin, drugs containing aspirin or any anticoagulants such as arixtra pf, clopidogrel, plavix, coumadin, dalteparin, edoxaban, eliquis, apixaban, enoxaparin, fragmin pfsyringe, lepirudin, padaxa, dabigatran etexilate, xarelto, rivaroxaban.
  • Confirm your surgical support plan: This includes your transportation and post-surgical care, including an adult family member or a friend on-call for your support, 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Purchase any prescription provided by Dr. Gdalevitch (If applicable) and revise your pre-surgical instructions.

The day BEFORE your surgery

Prepare a bag. It should include:

  • All necessary papers
  • Your identification (RAMQ card)
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Glasses if necessary
  • Confirm the person who will assist you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • Take a shower. Use a non-perfumed soap. Wash your hair. Do not put cream or lotions. Do not put deodorants, hair products, perfumes, or makeup.
  • Remove any nail varnish (even if transparent) from your hands and feet, including shellac, resin, gel or acrylic. All this reduces the risk of post-surgical infections and nails are monitored for blood circulation.
  • Do not eat anything or drink any dark liquids for 8 hours before your surgery. Do not drink any light liquids 6 hours before your surgery. Anything you eat can cause cancellation of your surgery and increase the risks associated with surgery and anaesthesia. This includes sweets, mints, chewing gum, tea or coffee. You can take a very small amount of water after brushing your teeth or taking medication.
  • Relax. Enjoy a good night’s sleep and avoid stress.


  • If you wish to have oral sedation, do not eat or drink 4 hours before the surgery. Present yourself at the time confirmed to you by a staff member one week before.
  • Do not train before surgery.
  • Please bring your medications which have been prescribed to you in a bag as above.
  • Please bring your compression socks if they have been prescribed to you.
  • Do not wear any make-up, jewellery, contact lenses, hairpin or piercings: during surgery, an electric cautery is used, any piercing or jewellery can cause burns.
  • Wear light and comfortable clothing. Wear a top that opens forward. Do not wear a sweater, turtleneck or tight clothing. You can wear a skirt, but pants and a jogging jacket are ideal. Flat shoes should be worn that are easy to put on and remove (no heels). A lip balm is recommended.

post-op instructions

The night of surgery

You can expect to have pain and feel like your neck is very tight. For your comfort we recommend:

  1. Keep your head elevated (semi sitting position)
  2. Take extra strength Tylenol every 4 hours
  3. Take a medication like gravol 30 minutes before taking your prescribed pain medication to avoid nausea and
  4. Take the pain medication as prescribed around the clock for 48 hours
  5. Take your antibiotics if prescribed
  6. Avoid turning your head

Please contact us immediately if you experience any of the following

  • You have a fever of > 38.5
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Are experiencing hallucinations or unusual behaviour
  • Your pain is not controlled with the pain medication
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Severe bruising around the neck or difficulty breathing

The day after surgery

  • You will be seen the following day to remove your drain if you have one
  • You can expect the pain to decrease after 48 hours
  • It is best to keep your head elevated as much as possible to prevent swelling
  • You can shower 48 hours after surgery

Healing and follow up

  • You will be swollen for 1-2 months
  • You should wear your face and neck garment to help limit the swelling
  • You should rest for 1 week
  • You will have a follow up appointment in 1 week to remove your stitches
  • You can leave the house after 1 week with make up

The final result will be seen around 2-3 months. Scars continue to improve over 6 months to a year.

Your results

While recovering from a neck lift, patients can expect to see some areas of bruising and swelling. This will significantly improve by week two but will continue to decrease over the next 6-8 weeks. Pain can be managed with medications during the first week after surgery.

A neck lift will help you obtain a firmer, tighter neck and jawline and will accomplish the following:

  • Removal of excess skin and fat from the neck
  • Tightening of the neck muscles
  • Improve the neck ankle and reduce the look of a double chin
  • Increase self-confidence that comes with an enhanced appearance of both the front and side profile

The result is a lifted, rejuvenated appearance that looks more youthful and refreshed.

View most frequently asked questions

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a facial plastic surgery procedure that improves the contours and skin texture of your neck area, including the area just under your jawline and chin.

Am I a candidate for a neck lift?

You may be a good candidate for a neck lift if you have wrinkles and creases on your neck caused by lax, loose skin, excess fat and banding of the underlying muscles.

How soon can I go back to work after neck lift surgery?

If your work doesn’t involve straining and heavy lifting, you can expect to be back to work after 2 weeks.

Can a neck lift be combined with other surgeries?

Many patients undergo a facelift at the same time as a neck lift. This helps optimize your results and eliminate the need for additional surgery later. Other commonly combined surgeries include blepharoplasty and lateral brow lift.

How long do neck lift results last?

The results of a neck lift can last up to ten years. However, the procedure does not prevent your natural aging process from occurring. Nevertheless, as you age, your neck will look more youthful than if you hadn’t had the surgery.

What scars will I have after surgery?

Scars for neck lift surgery typically fall within the hairline, around the ear, and under the chin. Most patients will not be able to see their scarring after they have healed, as they are placed in strategic, inconspicuous locations.

How much does the procedure cost?

Neck lift

starting at $9,000

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