Your Face Looks Great, but What About Your Neck?

Neck Lift San Diego & La Jolla, CAPeople can be fixated on the signs of aging on their face. The reason is obvious — every morning your face is staring right back at you in the mirror, and it’s easy to see the wrinkles, sagging, and sun damage. From facelifts and brow lifts to myriad skin tightening procedures, the face gets plenty of attention.

But when you put on that sleeveless top, it can seem as if you forgot something, your neck. Sagging and banding on your neck can be every bit as striking as on your face, but it often is a forgotten target of attention.

Dr. Kearney can fix that with a neck lift.

Why does the neck sag?

The neck is unique in that it doesn’t have large muscles like the legs or underlying bone structure like the arms. Plus, it is at the mercy of gravity every waking minute. This makes the neck one of the first areas on the body to show signs of aging. As our muscles and tissues loosen with age, the neck is where the first signs often show up. It starts under the chin with excess skin and sagging skin in the lower face, basically your average double chin. On the neck itself, the skin sags, and it has an attribute that doesn’t happen elsewhere, muscle banding. This forms deep creases on the neck.

Who should have a neck lift?

A person who would be right for a neck lift is someone who doesn’t need a full facelift. Most of the signs of aging are showing on the lower part of the face and down into the neck. If the problem is mainly fat accumulation under the chin (double chin), then the new injectable Kybella could be a good option. It dissolves fat when injected under the chin.

However, if the problem is loose skin and muscle banding, a neck lift is the only option to tighten things up.

How does Dr. Kearney perform a neck lift?

If the sagging is more manageable, Dr. Kearney may make an incision under the chin only. He can remove excess fat and tighten the muscles. But in most older patients, the incision is made behind the bottom portion of the ear and extends back to the hairline. This allows Dr. Kearney access to all of the muscles and tissue involved in the full length of the neck. He pulls up the skin and underlying tissue, removes the excess, and then reattached it. To correct muscle banding, muscles may be repositioned.

When it comes to signs of aging, don’t forget your neck. Call Dr. Kearney at 858-677-9352 and set up a consultation for a neck lift.

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After careful consideration and at the request of our state, and concern for the health and safety of our patients, we are cancelling all non-essential appointments and surgical procedures starting on 3-20-20. Please take note below of the ways that we are available to you over the next couple of weeks:

  • Appointments:Dr. Kearney will still be seeing a small number of post operative appointments over the next couple of weeks as well as any patients that require immediate attention or medical care, by appointment only. We are calling and emailing all patients who currently have appointments scheduled in the next 2 weeks to notify them and reschedule
  • Phone: We will be working remotely and able to answer questions as well as schedule future appointments and surgeries by calling our main number: 858.677.9352. Please note, however, that we will have reduced hours over the next couple of weeks so be sure to call during these times: M-F 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you have an urgent matter outside of these hours and need to speak to Dr. Kearney please call 619-270-4935.
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  • Virtual consultations: Can’t come in for an appointment right now? No problem! Dr. Kearney is able to offer phone consultations during the next couple of weeks. Simply email us at [email protected] or call 858-677-9352 during the above hours and we will let you know the simple steps to take.

We apologize for any inconvenience the above changes may cause and are hoping things return to “normal” as soon as possible. Please stay safe and healthy and let’s all try to remain as positive as possible during this time of uncertainty.

We appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you again very soon!


Dr. Kearney and staff