Dr. Thomas W. Barnes, MD

Neck Lift

Neck Lift

Neck Lift services offered in Newport Beach, CA

Is your neck aging you, or are you unhappy with its appearance? If so, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Barnes can perform a neck lift, making you look much younger. To find out more or to schedule an evaluation, call the office of Dr. Thomas Barnes, MD, in Newport Beach, California, today or book an appointment online.

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a surgical intervention designed to address visible signs of aging in the neck and jawline. Over time, factors like gravity, genetics, and sun exposure can lead to loose skin, muscle bands, and excess fat deposits, resulting in a less defined neck contour.

How does a neck lift make you look younger?

A neck lift can work wonders in restoring a more youthful appearance. By tightening the underlying muscles and removing excess skin and fat, a neck lift can:

  • Reduce sagging skin and eliminates the "turkey wattle" effect
  • Define the jawline, creating a sharper and more contoured profile
  • Minimize the appearance of horizontal neck bands
  • Remove excess fat to improve overall neck proportions
  • Enhance the transition between the jawline and neck

Dr. Barnes can help determine if you can benefit from a neck lift.

How does a neck lift procedure work?

The procedure typically involves the following steps, including:


Dr. Barnes offers awake treatment with Pro-Nox™(laughing gas) as well as twilight sleep treatment to ensure your comfort during the surgery.


Dr. Barnes makes discreet incisions around your ears and possibly under your chin. These incisions allow access to the underlying structures.

Muscle tightening

If necessary, Dr. Barnes tightens the platysma muscles (responsible for the appearance of neck bands) to create a smoother neck contour.

Excess fat removal

Excess fat may be removed or sculpted to improve your neck's proportions.

Skin redraping

Dr. Barnes repositions and trims excess skin, creating a firmer appearance.

To finalize your procedure, Dr. Barnes carefully closes the incisions using sutures or other closure methods.

Will my neck lift results be immediate?

While you may notice an immediate improvement after the surgery, understand that some swelling and bruising are common in the days and weeks following the procedure. As these temporary effects subside, you should start to see the full benefits of your neck lift. 

The final results become more apparent over the next several months as your tissues fully settle into their new position.

To find out if a neck lift is right for you, call Dr. Thomas Barnes, MD, today to book an appointment or use the online scheduling tool.