Neck Lift: Defining Anatomic Problems and Choosing Appropriate Treatment Strategies

Clin Plast Surg. 2018 Oct;45(4):455-484. doi: 10.1016/j.cps.2018.06.002.


Success or failure in treating the neck lies in the diagnosis of underlying problems and the application of a logical surgical plan. Although it is a commonly advocated practice, it is not enough to perform submental liposuction and tighten the skin in most patients, as such an approach ignores a number of anatomic problems present in many patients seeking neck improvement. Removing subcutaneous fat and tightening skin over these problems does not correct them, and the presence or absence of each must be looked for to create and apply an appropriate surgical plan.

Keywords: Double chin; Extended neck lift; Neck lift; Partial digastic myectomy; Short scar neck lift; Submandibular gland reduction; Submental liposuction; Witch’s chin.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cosmetic Techniques*
  • Humans
  • Neck / anatomy & histology*
  • Neck / surgery*
  • Patient Selection*
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures*