Neck Lift

In Washington D.C. &. Baltimore

Neck Lift surgery removes excess skin from under the jawline and on the neck. Fat in the neck can also be removed above and below the platysma muscle, and if you have bands of skin on your neck, the platysma muscle can be tightened.

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What is a Neck Lift?

Platysmal bands are created from the aging and thickening of two edges of your neck muscles and can be caused by many reasons, including age, genetics, and muscle activity. When receiving a Neck Lift, this condition can be corrected to help you achieve a more youthful and slimmer appearing neckline. A Neck Lift can also do wonders for a poorly defined neck under the chin and jawline.

The neck also has a much thinner layer of skin than the face, so if you have begun to notice “bands” cropping up around your neck, you’re not alone – you are just aging like everyone else. The neck is one of the first places to show signs of aging because, over time, the skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag a little.

Who is a Good Candidate for Neck Lift Surgery?

The best candidates for a Neck Lift in Washington D.C. or Baltimore include the following:

  • Are in overall good health
  • Have a double chin (or turkey neck)
  • Have excess loose skin under their neck
  • Nonsmokers
  • Possess a positive outlook and realistic expectations

You will be able to discuss whether or not you are a good candidate during your initial consultation with Dr. Landford. Please be open and honest with her to ensure that you are safe when undergoing the surgery and to avoid any unnecessary risks.

We cannot recommend this procedure to patients with chronic health conditions or allergies to anesthesia.

How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost in Washington DC & Baltimore?

The cost of a Neck Lift in Washington D.C. & Baltimore will vary on numerous factors, including surgeon fees, facility fees,  anesthesia fees, and the techniques used during surgery. Dr. Landford will meet with you in her office nearest you to discuss her recommendations and answer your questions. Once she has created your customized surgery plan, our Patient Coordinator will be able to provide you with a complete cost breakdown.

What Should I Expect During a Consultation for a Neck Lift Surgery?

When you are ready for a Neck Lift consultation in Washington D.C. or Baltimore, your first step is to call up the Landford Plastic Surgery office nearest you. On the day of your appointment, you will meet with Dr. Wilmina Landford, who will answer any questions that you may have, address your aesthetic goals and concerns, and examine your face and neck. She will also ask you questions about your medical history, so, as we mentioned above, it is important to be honest during your consultation to achieve the most optimal outcome.

Once you and Dr. Landford have addressed every aspect of your surgery, she will create your individual procedure plan. Once you are satisfied with the direction of your consultation, our Patient Coordinator will help schedule your surgical date and provide you with some instructions to follow pre-operation.

How Do I Prepare for a Neck Lift?

While you will get a list of instructions to follow before your Neck Lift, we have included a few tips on how to prepare for your surgery:

  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
  • Get lab testing and a medical evaluation
  • Have your prescription filled before surgery so you have one less thing to think about
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking

You will also receive specific instructions to follow, which will include:

  • What to do on the night before and morning of surgery
  • The use of anesthesia during your neck lift
  • Postoperative care and follow-up

What are the Benefits of a Neck Lift?

Many of our Neck Lift Washington D.C. and Baltimore patients have seen the following benefits from their surgery:

  • Creates the appearance of weight loss
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Minimal scarring
  • More youthful appearance
  • Reduction in excess skin
  • Short recovery time
  • Smooth skin
  • Tightened underlying muscles which reduce loose skin.

What are the Steps of a Neck Lift?

On the day of your Neck Lift procedure in Washington DC or Baltimore, we will begin by administering either general anesthesia or a local anesthetic with intravenous sedation. Once you are comfortably numb, Dr. Landford will begin by making two incisions located around the ears. She will then lift the sagging neck tissue and trim away loose skin.

In some cases, an additional incision beneath the chin will be made which can allow easier access to remodel the neck muscles, medically referred to as Platysmal Plication. This neck-tightening strategy reduces visible signs of aging, and the result is a smooth, youthful neck contour. Liposuction can also be combined with a Neck Lift to remove excess fat from your neck permanently.

The entire surgery will usually take about two to three hours to complete.

Surgical Techniques for Neck Lift

A successful Neck Lift can be achieved through a number of techniques, but below, we have included some of the more common methods.


Cervicoplasty is a technique to remove any excess skin. Dr. Landford will use a scalpel to carefully trim away the excess drooping skin, followed by tightening the remaining skin. This technique is best for patients with sagging, loose skin on their neck

Deep Plane Neck Lift

A Deep Plane Neck Lift will sculpt and refine your neck’s contours for a firmer appearance. This technique lifts and manipulates the layers of your neck (skin, muscle, fat, glands, and connective tissue) to achieve a smoother definition for an elegant profile.

During your procedure, Dr. Landford will make a single 1-inch incision that is hidden beneath your chin. Through this incision, she will lift the layers of your neck and make the necessary contouring to give your neck and jawline a more youthful appearance.


The platysmal muscles are muscles that stretch from the base of your neck all the way up to your chin. When a person has sagging platysmal muscles, this can negatively affect the look of their neck and can cause the appearance of a turkey neck. To address these conditions, Dr. Landford rejoins and tightens the platysma muscles using internal sutures.


Some patients may require the use of Liposuction as a way to achieve a more youthful-looking neck, as it can reduce and remove the excess fat deposits found along the jawline and the neck (often called a double chin). During the Neck Lift surgery, Dr. Landford can use Liposuction to remove these stubborn fat deposits and provide you with a leaner appearance.

Liposuction involves the use of a small tube called a cannula. When inserted into an incision, the cannula can loosen the fat cells from the surrounding tissues and can then remove them from the body with medical suction.

Where are the Incisions and Scars for a Neck Lift?

Most Neck Lift procedures will require incisions to be made behind each ear of the patient, with a potential additional incision made under the chin. Dr. Landford strives to hide these incisions in the natural folds and creases under your skin, however, some patients may experience better results than others. The scarring will fade over time and should be mostly unperceivable.


Neck Lift Recovery

After your Neck Lift, we will monitor you in our recovery room as you come out of sedatives. Once you are released by Dr. Landford, you will be able to return home to recover in a more comfortable environment. We strongly recommend having a friend or family member available to take you home and provide some assistance around the house for the first few days.

While you will experience mild to moderate pain and discomfort post-op, most patients find their surgery recovery to be much easier overall than expected. There will be some swelling and bruising during the initial phase of healing, with swelling typically subsiding after 48 hours, and most bruising being gone within two weeks. Recovery times will also vary from patient to patient based on several factors, including the extent of the procedure and the patient’s overall health.

Most patients can return to work in the range of one to two weeks, and gradually resume their exercise routine about a month post-surgery.

Why Choose Us?

Wilmina Landford, M.D. is a skilled and highly trained plastic surgeon with two practices conveniently located in Washington D.C. and Baltimore. With a distinguished background in Plastic & Reconstructive surgery from the renowned Johns Hopkins, Dr. Landford brings a wealth of expertise to the realm of Neck Lift surgery. Entrust your Neck Lift journey to Dr. Landford, and experience the harmony between precision and artistry, resulting in a revitalized and naturally elegant neckline that truly reflects your inner beauty.

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If you’re in either Washington D.C. or Baltimore, Maryland, and are unsatisfied with your neck’s appearance, we encourage you to contact your nearest Landford Plastic Surgery practice and request your Neck Lift consultation with Dr. Landford. You can also request an appointment through our website by filling out a request form and a friendly member of our team will be in touch with you.

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