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.

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.
  • Answering machine: Please do NOT leave important messages on the after hours greeting during the next 2 weeks as they may not be checked in a timely manner. Instead, we ask you to call or email during the above hours and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Email: We will have access to email and our patient scheduling system and will be available to check and respond to emails M-F from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you reach us outside of these hours please allow 24-48 hours for a response. You can continue to email the patient coordinator you’ve been in contact with or simply use [email protected]
  • 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