Leave the Giggly, Banded Neck to the Turkeys

When fighting the battle against the march of time, combatants focus on the obvious areas: facelifts, nose jobs, eyelid surgery, and brow lifts. But they often overlook one of the earliest places to show your age, the neck. And if you don’t address aging in the neck, you’re only doing half the job.

Dr. Kearney doesn’t want you to forget about the neck lift.

A neck lift addresses loose neck skin, excess fat under the chin, excess skin and sagging skin in the lower face, and muscle banding in the neck. During a neck lift, excess skin and fat are removed and the underlying tissues are restructured.

Who is right for a neck lift?

Neck LiftIf most of the signs of aging on your face are on the lower part of the face and beneath the chin, you’re a good candidate for a neck lift. In this case a full facelift wouldn’t be needed.

The procedure

The incision location can depend on the age of the patient. For younger patients without a great deal of excess skin, the incision is made under the chin. In these cases, mainly excess fat is removed and the muscles are tightened to improve the contour. If a patient is older, the incisions are made behind the ear lobe on each side extending into the hairline. Excess skin and tissue are pulled up and trimmed. The underlying tissues are repositioned and the skin is then re-draped. For older patients, neck lifts are often combined with a facelift.


After your procedure, Dr. Kearney will have wrapped your neck and chin in an elastic bandage to provide support, minimize swelling, and help your skin adapt to its new contours. There will definitely be swelling and bruising, but it will fade in one to two weeks. Most patients need to miss a full week of work.

When you’re sizing up the signs of aging on your face, don’t forget your neck! Call Dr. Kearney at 800-671-1951 and schedule a consultation for a neck lift.

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      Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sterilization to not only include exam rooms but also the waiting room, restroom, all doors, counters, etc.

      Offering multiple hand sanitizer locations throughout the office

      Reducing the number of appointments per day as well as our office hours, to limit the number of people in the office, including staff members

      Minimizing patient overlap to allow for proper social distancing

      Testing all surgery patients for COVID-19 at their pre-operative appointments

      Asking patients to leave family members or friends at home, unless they are coming with their primary caregiver. Please leave children at home as well


How can you help?

      Come alone to your appointment, unless you need your primary caregiver with you

      Please wear a mask or face covering to your visit and keep it on unless you are asked by Dr. Kearney or an RN to remove it

      Postpone your visit if you have traveled by air or experienced symptoms in the last 14 days

      Use a pen from the holder marked “clean” and put it in the one marked “used” when you’re done

      Use the hand sanitizers in our office

      In the rare case there is someone at the front desk when you come in please take a seat until we call you and maintain proper distance throughout your visit

      Take advantage of our virtual consultations or follow up appointments if it makes you feel more comfortable

Please bear with us as we work to return to our new “normal” and feel free to call or email with any questions. We look forward to seeing you again soon!


Dr. Kearney and staff