Neck lift

Dr. Shahrokh Attarian

Dr. Shahrokh Attarian
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Brief Info about Dr. Shahrokh Attarian

Dr. Attarian is one of the best plastic surgeons in Iran because of his high experiences. He is a member of American and also Iranian Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgeons.

He is a specialist in plastic, cosmetic, reconstructive and burn surgery from Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran.


How this Procedure is Done

Why Iran?

Before having any cosmetic surgery, you should consult with a knowledgeable specialist to ensure you have made a rational decision. In this case, you will have the opportunity to express your expectations and goals as well. To go through this critical stage, you should look for an expert who understands your concerns and can propose a satisfactory solution. Iranian cosmetic surgeons are the ones you can easily trust to ask any question you have. They have extensive knowledge and invaluable experience specially in this field. They perform many cosmetic surgeries successfully every year and can help you meet your needs. You can make sure they will choose the most suitable procedure that enhances your appearance considerably, inform you of the whole operation and clarify the healing process. Additionally, if you decide to get these surgeries in Iran’s specialized clinics, you will be offered the most up-to-date services with a low cost. Thus, you can save a considerable amount of money while traveling to this beautiful country for enhancing your appearance.


What is Neck Lift (Lower Rhytidectomy)?

Neck lift is a cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin and fat around your jawline. By doing so, surgeons make your neck look more beautiful. This operation is usually carried out along with face-lift based on the patients’ needs. Many factors like genetics, aging, environmental conditions, or anxiety can lead to saggy skin specially in the face and neck. In addition to this problem, some individuals do not like their appearance because of the excess fat collected under the chin. Neck lift can address these problems easily. Therefore, if you suffer from all these issues, you can make sure that neck lift is an effective solution.

In some cases, surgeons decide to perform neck lift in combination with other similar procedures such as a brow lift, fat transfer, or eyelid surgery. They may do so to improve the patient’s appearance. Undoubtedly, such issues will be discussed before conducting the surgery. It’s important to mention that a neck lift does not have any role in stopping the aging process. Thus, your fundamental appearance will not change.


Who Can Benefit From Neck Lift (Lower Rhytidectomy)?

If you want to undergo this operation, you must be in good overall health. Furthermore, patients should be nonsmokers with realistic expectation and clear goals. In other words, you should have these kinds of surgery just for enhancing your appearance. If your only reason is gaining others’ satisfaction, you are recommended to think more carefully.



Considering the complexity of the procedure determined by specialists and patients’ goals, a neck lift may be conducted either in an office with modern facilities or a specialized clinic. Procedures typically include:

  • Removing excess skin
  • Removing or altering neck muscles
  • Liposuction to remove excess fat
  • Botox injections for addressing problems with fullness or "bands"
  • Kybella injections for removing excess fat under the chin
  • Other neck lifting techniques involve lasers, ultrasound, and radiofrequency devices, intense pulsed light, and fillers.

Doctors also employ two major techniques for performing the surgery: Turkey Wattle and Liposuction.

Turkey Wattle: Based on your needs, specialists may choose surgery which involves making cuts behind your ears or under your chin or both to access a neck muscle called the platysma. Sometimes, this muscle might be removed.

Fortunately, due to technological advancement, surgeons perform the surgery through making smaller cuts. An endoscope is so beneficial in such situations.

Liposuction: During liposuction, surgeons make a small cut below your chin to remove extra fat. If your doctor decides to carry out other similar operations for you as well, liposuction is usually conducted in the beginning. However, if this is the only surgery you desire to have, the whole process may take about an hour to complete.

At the end of the operation, incisions are closed with sutures or skin glue. Sutures are mostly removed after a few days. After the healing process, the incisions will be hidden within the hairline. Therefore, you can ensure that they are not noticeable. You will need to wear a compression bandage after the operation for about a week to reduce swelling and bruising.



Before having the operation, your doctor explains the recovery process in detail. Recovering from a neck lift does not usually take much time. Majority of people can go back to work 10 to 14 days after the operation. During the recovery process, it is significant to keep your head straight and elevated to minimize swelling. You will have to wait three weeks or more to be able to do your routine daily activities. In general, it’s better to ask someone to take care of you for some days since the more you rest, the better you will feel.



Swelling and bruising fade away after several weeks. Incisions may take much time to disappear; usually about six months. Afterwards, you will immediately notice the improvements made by the neck lift. The final results will not only enhance your appearance but also make you feel more confident. It’s important to remember that if you live a healthy lifestyle and protect your skin from the sun properly, you will enjoy the results for a longer period of time.

The last point to mention is that neck lift is a cosmetic surgery which may not lead to the exact favorable results you desire. In some situations, surgeons may have to employ other procedures along with face-lift to meet your needs. Furthermore, the influence of aging must not be taken for granted. As you get older, your neck skin may become loose again.


Similar to the face-lift which focuses on improving the cheeks, lower face, jowls, and jawline to reduce wrinkles and remove sagging skin in the area, neck lift surgery employs a technique that can pull excess skin under the chin, jawline, and jowls.

Cosmetic surgeons usually adopt neck lifts along with other similar procedures to tighten loose neck muscles and remove the extra sagging skin. Depending on patients’ goals, neck lifts can be satisfactory solutions.

Depending on the degree of change you expect, your doctor chooses either a traditional neck lift incision or a limited incision neck lift.
A traditional neck lift incision often begins in the hairline at the level of the sideburn, continues down and around the ear and ends in the posterior hair. The tissue underlying the neck skin is then repositioned, the platysma muscle is usually tightened, and excess skin is removed. A separate incision under the chin is made in liposuction. In limited incision neck lift, surgeons make incisions around the ear. In general, when the incisions are shorter, the results may be more limited, and the recovery process is passed earlier than expected.

In this case, surgeons usually trim parts of your neck skin and lift it into place, securing it with tissue glue or stitches. The process usually takes about two to four hours, based on the complexity of the procedures determined by your specialist. 

Neck lift does not have any age limit. Indeed, it can be conducted at almost any age. However, people usually decide to have it between the ages of 30 and 70, depending on the noticeability of aging signs.
Is there any procedure similar to the neck lift?
A neck lift can only be carried out surgically. While there are some nonsurgical processes patients can undergo, cosmetic surgeons do not typically recommend them since the results are not the same as neck lifts. The only benefit they have is delaying the time at which a neck lift becomes the most effective option.

Nothing can stop the aging process. Cosmetic surgeries are not exceptions. Therefore, you should not expect your neck lift results to be everlasting. Nonetheless, you will definitely enjoy your new appearance for several years before your skin starts to become loose again. Living a healthy lifestyle and avoiding considerable weight gain or loss will protect your skin.

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