male neck lift

Male Neck Lift

Male Neck Lift


Although a sleek neck is sought after by most women, more men today are finally realizing that they, too, deserve to look their best throughout their lives. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that there were 1,306,844 cosmetic procedures performed on men in 2018.  Watch for terms like “Brotox” and the “Daddy Do-Over” (akin to the surgical Mommy Makeover) on social media and in magazines. They appear more and more frequently.

A well-defined jawline with a trim neck contour can make all the difference in turning back the clock on what makes a man look older. The neck is an area that shows age before most other areas. Refining the transition from your face to your shoulder can take years off your appearance.

One of the more popular aesthetic procedures for men, a neck lift will help eliminate excess fat and skin to reduce double chin and the “turkey gobbler neck”, or “turkey wattle neck”. Your neck will complement your facial features more effectively, giving you a youthful appearance and the confidence that goes with it.

To learn more about a neck lift for men in Scottsdale or Phoenix, contact us today to schedule a consultation or call (480) 634-6014.

How is a Neck Lift Different for Men?

Plastic surgery for men requires a different approach than for women.  A neck lift in a man can be performed with a traditional facelift as is done with women;  however men who desire a neck lift only and not a facelift have another option:  a direct neck lift, also known as a TZ plasty of the neck.  The advantage of this procedure is much shorter operating time, resulting in much less recovery time and cost.   As opposed to a traditional facelift, this does involve an incision directly on the front of the neck;  however in men this incision heals remarkably well and eventually becomes barely noticeable.  

Of course men with sagging facial features in addition to a sagging neck can also have both areas addressed with a traditional face lift and neck lift.

Who Seeks the Male Neck Lift?

Over the past five years, we have added more and more men to our practice. Male neck patients seem to fall into one of two categories. The first is relatively younger men whose neck fullness is mostly due to excess subcutaneous fat; this is very effectively treated with liposuction, and can often be done in an office setting using local anesthesia.  This is sometimes referred to as submental liposuction or “chin liposuction”. 

The second is men who mainly have sagging neck muscles and excess skin.  The solution for this problem is removing excess skin and tightening the neck muscles.   

What Can a Neck Lift for Men Do?

A neck lift designed for men can smooth and tone skin texture around the chin area, neck, and jawline by decreasing the amount of excess skin and fat from these areas and tightening the underlying muscles. The key highlights of a neck lift include:

  • Removes excess sagging neck tissue
  • Offers a more defined jawline and youthful neck contour
  • Downtime is very short; you can resume light activity the next day, and if your work does not involve strenuous activity you can return to work as you see fit.

The male neck lift improves the neck contour dramatically and provides a rejuvenated, masculine appearance.

View Before and After Gallery

Dr. Weinrach

Dr. Weinrach is dedicated to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals through an individualized approach to patient care and commitment to safety. His extensive experience and unique skill set produces long-lasting, natural looking results.

Learn More

When Should You Consider a Neck Lift?

If you feel you need aesthetic enhancement in the neck area, it is probably a good time to seek the advice of a board-certified plastic surgeon. Although the decision is personal, this popular procedure is an excellent correction for many patients who:

  • Are approximately between the ages of 35 and 79
  • Want to eliminate their turkey neck or double chin
  • Have loose skin and excessive wrinkling around the neck, jaw and chin areas
  • Like their current facial features, but not their neck.

If correction of facial aging is also desired then a face lift can be done with the neck lift to fully rejuvenate the face and neck.

Direct Neck Lift

For men interested in improvements in the neck area alone, who do not want a facelift,  Jonathan C. Weinrach MD, FACS offers a direct neck lift. As the term indicates, a direct neck lift will remove excess fat and skin from the neck through an incision which is under the chin, extending to the mid part of the neck. This is a much smaller incision compared to traditional face and necklift incisions.  This precision surgery will allow for tightening of the underlying tissue to reduce banding at the central portion of the neck. Also known as a TZ-plasty, it utilizes a Z-shaped incision which dramatically improves the neck contour and makes the scar less visible.  The scar eventually becomes very hard to notice in men.  This is not a procedure done for women.

Neck Lift Recovery and Downtime

Recovering from a TZ-plasty is rather painless and quick. Dr. Weinrach will remove the sutures within one week, and you may experience swelling and bruising for a few days as well. The scar will be pink at first but then lighten over the course of the next few months. You can return to work once we remove the sutures in 5 to 7 days or sooner.

Only minimal dressings are needed after male neck lift surgery.  A TZ plasty only involves placement of light tape on the incisions.   Activity should be light for the first week.  Full recovery is within four to six weeks.  

Next Steps

Double-board certified plastic surgeon, Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS offers professional aesthetic and plastic surgery in the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona area.  Patients also come to see us from Paradise Valley, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, and Gilbert, as well as the rest of Arizona.  We have also taken care of patients from all over the country as well as international patients.  To learn more about how Weinrach Plastic Surgery can reinvigorate your face and neck, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Contact us through our website or call (480) 634-6014 today!

Direct Neck Lift FAQS

Any man who is a candidate for a traditional neck lift and face lift is also a candidate for a direct neck lift.  The difference is that a direct neck lift is a much shorter procedure, with much shorter operating time, much less recovery time, and much less cost.  The tradeoff is a scar on the front of the neck, which is mostly hidden by the chin when looking from the front. 

The TZ Plasty neck lift was developed and first described by Drs. Thomas Cronin and Thomas Biggs back in 1970. Dr. Biggs taught Dr. Weinrach how to properly perform the TZ plasty direct neck lift when Dr. Weinrach was his plastic surgery resident, and benefited from all the years Dr. Biggs spent developing this procedure. Dr. Weinrach has now done many, many direct lifts as part of his own practice over the past 16 years. His keen aesthetic eye and state of the art equipment and surgical facilities have created countless beautiful necks.  Happy patients continue to send Dr. Weinrach many direct neck lift referrals.

Any surgical procedure carries some risk. With any surgery there is some risk of bleeding, infection, or wound healing issues. The whole beauty of a direct neck lift is that it is a much shorter operation than a traditional facelift, with much less operating time, considerably fewer incisions, and a much shorter recovery. Complications with a traditional facelift are infrequent, but with a direct neck lift risks are minimized even more.

As with any surgical procedure, this depends somewhat on the type of work you do.  People with sedentary type jobs can probably work in a couple of days, especially if they can work from home.  Most people can count on returning to their jobs within 5 -7 days.  Jobs requiring heavier physical activity may require a bit more time before returning.