Neck Lift

Neck Lift in San Diego & La Jolla

Facelifts. Brow lifts. Eyelid surgery. Nose jobs. When it comes to battling the ongoing march of time, the battle can be waged on many fronts. But often overlooked is the neck. You can’t really address your facial aging issues without thinking of the lower face and neck. At our San Diego plastic surgery practice, Dr. Kearney does this with the neck lift.

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a facial plastic surgery procedure that 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 from the neck, and the underlying muscle may be restructured.

Who is a candidate for a neck lift?

A good candidate for a neck lift doesn’t need a full facelift because most the signs of aging are showing on the lower part of the face. The person should be generally in good health and have realistic goals and expectations for the procedure.

What can I expect during a neck lift?

Neck lifts are performed with the patient under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with light sedation. In younger patients without a great deal of excess skin, the incision is made under the chin. Excess fat is then removed and the muscles are tightened to improve contour. With older patients, the incision is made behind the bottom portion of the ear extending to the hair line. Excess skin and tissue are then pulled up and removed. A facelift can be combined with a neck lift for older patients.

What can I expect after the procedure? What is the recovery time for a neck lift?

You will most likely return home after your surgery. Dr. Kearney will wrap your neck and chin in an elastic bandage to provide support and help your skin adapt to the new contours. There will be swelling and bruising, but it will fade in one to two weeks. Generally, patients will miss one full week of work.

What is the cost for a neck lift?

A neck lift in our San Diego plastic surgery practice costs approximately $4,400 – $5,950. To identify the exact price specific to your situation, please contact us for a complimentary consultation.

Financing is also available through CareCredit. CareCredit offers our patients 6, 12 and 18 month no interest plans as well as plans with terms of up to 60 months at 14.9%. Patients can finance up to $25,000. A “credit card” will be issued to you, which you can swipe in our office or other participating offices. CareCredit is for everyone. If your credit has taken a hit, you may opt for a co-signer. For more information on financing for your abdominoplasty or to apply, call 1-800-365-8295 or visit

Interested in a neck lift in La Jolla and San Diego? Contact Dr. Kearney to schedule a consultation today.

Our office is now open!

Your health (and ours) is our highest priority so we are making a few changes to our reopening so that you can feel safe and confident coming in to see us. We are of course following all federal and local guidelines such as wearing masks and conducting phone screenings prior to your appointment but we are also implementing the following:

      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