Neck Contouring


Neck contouring is a cosmetic procedure that aims to enhance the appearance of the neck by addressing issues such as excess fat, loose skin, and muscle laxity. It is a popular option for individuals who desire a more defined and youthful neck contour. Neck contouring procedures can involve various techniques, including liposuction, neck lift, and neck muscle tightening, which are performed by qualified plastic surgeons to achieve the desired aesthetic results.

What is Neck Contouring?

Neck contouring is a cosmetic treatment designed to improve the shape, definition, and overall appearance of the neck area. It targets common concerns such as a double chin, excess fat deposits, sagging skin, and weakened neck muscles. These issues can be caused by factors such as aging, weight fluctuations, genetics, and lifestyle choices.

Neck contouring procedures are customized to meet the specific needs and goals of each individual. The techniques used may include liposuction to remove excess fat, a neck lift to address sagging skin and muscles, or muscle tightening procedures to restore muscle tone. These procedures aim to create a smoother, more youthful neck contour, enhance the jawline, and provide a more balanced facial appearance.

Overall, neck contouring can help individuals achieve a more aesthetically pleasing neck profile, improve self-confidence, and enhance their overall facial appearance.

Attractive Woman with a strong jaw line

How does Neck Contouring work?

The specific techniques used in neck contouring can vary depending on the patient's unique concerns and goals. Generally, the procedure involves the following steps:

a. Liposuction: Small incisions are made, and a thin tube called a cannula is inserted to suction out excess fat from the neck area. This helps to contour and sculpt the neck, removing unwanted fullness.

b. Neck lift: A small incision is made under the chin, and the underlying muscles are tightened and repositioned. The remaining skin is redraped for a smoother and more youthful appearance.

The biggest difference between a deep neck lift and neck contouring is that in the deep neck lift incisions are made behind the ears and into the hairline to elevate the skin from the platysma. This allows Dr. Okland to remove excess skin and tighten the neck muscles under the jaw to behind the ears, creating a more sculpted jawline.

Generally, neck contouring is reserved for younger patients who feel they have too much excess tissue under their jaw (ie, “double chin”, but likely not enough excess skin to justify making incisions behind the ears (deep neck lift).

c. Injectable treatments: Depending on the patient's needs, injectable treatments such as Botox or dermal fillers may be used to further enhance the contours of the neck, address wrinkles, or improve skin quality.

What are the Benefits of Neck Contouring?

Improved Neck Definition

Neck contouring removes excess fat deposits and tightens loose skin, resulting in a more sculpted and defined neck contour. It helps to eliminate the appearance of a "double chin" or sagging skin, creating a more youthful and attractive profile.

Reduction of Neck Wrinkles and Lines

Neck contouring can address fine lines, wrinkles, and creases in the neck area. By tightening the skin and underlying muscles, it helps to smooth out these signs of aging, giving the neck a smoother and more rejuvenated appearance.

Enhanced Facial Harmony

A well-defined and contoured neck contributes to overall facial harmony. Neck contouring can restore balance and proportion to the face by creating a seamless transition between the jawline and neck, enhancing the overall aesthetic balance of the facial features.

Boost in Self-Confidence

Improving the appearance of the neck can have a significant impact on self-confidence and self-esteem. Neck contouring can help individuals feel more confident and satisfied with their overall appearance, leading to a positive impact on various aspects of their lives.

Rejuvenated and Youthful Appearance

Neck contouring can take years off your appearance, giving you a more youthful and rejuvenated look. It helps to address the common signs of aging in the neck area, such as sagging skin and excess fat, allowing you to achieve a more vibrant and refreshed appearance.

Long-lasting Results

The results of neck contouring are typically long-lasting. While the natural aging process will continue, the improvements achieved through the procedure can provide long-term benefits. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle and skincare routine, the results can be maintained for an extended period.

Procedure Timeline

CONSULTATION: The first step is to schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon specializing in neck contouring. During this appointment, Dr. Okland will evaluate your concerns, discuss your goals, and determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you.

PRE-OPERATIVE PREPARATION: Once you have decided to proceed with neck contouring, you will schedule a pre-operative appointment. This may include medical evaluations, laboratory tests, and discussions about pre-operative instructions and any necessary adjustments to medications.

SURGERY: On the day of surgery, you will typically arrive at the surgical facility or hospital. The procedure itself usually takes a few hours, although this can vary based on the extent of the neck contouring techniques used. The surgery is performed under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.

RECOVERY: After the surgery, you will be monitored in a recovery area until you are stable and ready to be discharged. You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you during the initial recovery period. The recovery timeline can vary, but most patients can expect to experience swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort in the days following the procedure.

POST-OPERATIVE APPOINTMENTS: You will have several follow-up appointments with Dr. Okland to monitor your healing progress, remove any sutures, and address any concerns or questions you may have. These appointments are important for ensuring optimal healing and long-term results.


Frequently Asked Questions?

Good candidates for neck contouring are generally younger individuals who have excess fat deposits, a “double chin,’ loose or sagging skin, or muscle laxity in the neck area. It is best to schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon who can evaluate your specific concerns and determine if neck contouring is the right procedure for you.
The recovery period can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and individual healing factors. Generally, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first week or two. Most individuals can resume their normal activities within two to three weeks, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for a few weeks longer.
Neck contouring can provide long-lasting results; however, the natural aging process will continue. Taking good care of your skin and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help prolong the results. It’s important to have realistic expectations and understand that the aging process will affect the appearance of your neck over time.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications involved. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring, nerve injury, and unfavorable aesthetic outcomes. However, choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon can significantly minimize these risks. During your consultation, Dr. Okland will discuss the potential risks and complications specific to your case.
Incisions for neck contouring are typically strategically placed in inconspicuous areas, such as under the chin. While some scarring is inevitable, the scars are usually well-hidden and tend to fade over time. Dr. Okland will provide guidance on scar care to help minimize their visibility.
It may take several weeks to months for the initial swelling to subside and for the final results of neck contouring to become fully apparent. However, you should start noticing improvements in the contour of your neck early in the recovery process.

Why choose Dr. Okland for Neck Contouring?

Expertise and Experience

Dr. Okland is a highly skilled facial plastic surgeon who specialize in facial rejuvenation procedures, including deep plane facelifts. With extensive expertise and years of experience, he has a deep understanding of facial anatomy and the intricacies of neck contouring.

Personalized Approach

We believe in the importance of personalized care. During your consultation, we take the time to understand your unique concerns, goals, and expectations. We develop a customized treatment plan tailored specifically to address your individual needs, ensuring that you receive personalized attention throughout the entire process.

Advanced Techniques

Our practice stays up-to-date with the latest advancements in neck contouring techniques. We utilize advanced surgical techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to deliver superior results. By staying at the forefront of innovation, we can offer you the most effective and cutting-edge approaches to neck contouring.

Comprehensive Care

We provide comprehensive care before, during, and after your neck contouring procedure. Our team is committed to ensuring your safety, comfort, and satisfaction at every stage of the process. From pre-operative consultations to post-operative follow-ups, we are dedicated to providing you with exceptional care and support.

Patient Satisfaction

Our top priority is your satisfaction. We strive to exceed your expectations and help you achieve your desired results. We take pride in the numerous positive outcomes we have achieved for our patients and the high level of patient satisfaction we consistently strive to maintain.

Safety and Results

Your safety is paramount to us. We maintain rigorous safety standards and adhere to best practices to minimize any potential risks associated with neck contouring. Our goal is to deliver outstanding results that enhance your neck aesthetics while ensuring your overall health and well-being.

Schedule a Consultation

Fill out the form below to schedule a personalized consultation with our experienced team specializing in neck contouring. During your consultation, we will carefully evaluate your concerns, thoroughly discuss the procedure, and address any questions you may have. Dr. Okland will develop a customized treatment plan tailored specifically to address the unique challenges of neck contouring.

Take the first step towards achieving a more defined and youthful neck by scheduling your consultation today. We are dedicated to guiding you through the process and assisting you in achieving the desired results.