Neck Lift

Neck Lift with Dr. Walter Erhardt in Albany, Georgia

The earliest signs of aging often appear in the neck region. A neck lift is a subtle way to diminish these signs of aging through the removal of excess skin and fat. If you're bothered by fine lines, deep wrinkles or sagging skin, a neck lift may be right for you.

Neck lift surgery is one of many facial rejuvenation procedures at our cosmetic surgery center. If you're considering a neck lift near Albany, Georgia, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Erhardt would be happy to meet with you for a one-on-one consultation.

Benefits of Neck Lift Surgery

  • Dramatic reduction in neck banding (sometimes referred to as a "turkey neck")
  • Defines the jaw line and recreates a sharp neck angle, while eliminating double or triple chins.
  • Rejuvenates and refreshes the neck and lower face regions.
  • Scars can be hidden completely from view behind the ears.

Neck lift surgery is a versatile procedure that can be tailored to meet your individual needs and goals. The best way to determine if you're a good candidate is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Erhardt.


A neck lift can be broken down into two procedures. These procedures are Cervicoplasty, in which excess skin is removed, and Platysmaplasty, wherein neck muscles are reshaped or removed.

How Neck Lift Surgery Works

Your consultation: During your consultation, it's important to be honest and upfront about your medical history, cosmetic expectations and recovery goals. Your consultation will begin with a physical exam, followed by an in-depth discussion of neck lift surgery. You will also have the opportunity to view Dr. Erhardt's gallery of before and after patient photos.

Surgery: A neck lift takes 2-3 hours to complete. Once you have been sedated (using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation), Dr. Erhardt will begin by making two incisions behind or under your ears. Sagging skin will be lifted and trimmed away. An additional incision may be made underneath your chin to manipulate the contour of the platysma (neck muscle). Liposuction may also be used to remove excess fat. Your skin will then be re-draped and incisions will be closed using fine sutures.

Healing time: Ensuring that you have a safe and smooth recovery is one of Dr. Erhardt's primary goals. When you wake up from surgery, it is likely that you will experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort. You will need to wear a compression garment for the first few days to improve circulation and promote healing. Pain medication will also be available to help you manage your discomfort. Normal activities can usually be resumed in 1-3 weeks.

Expected Results: The final results of your surgery will become gradually apparent as bruising and swelling resolve over the course of a few weeks. Neck lift surgery is a safe and effective way to tighten or remove excess skin and underlying neck muscles to improve neck tone and contour. After a neck lift, your skin will appear tighter and smoother – giving you a more attractive, youthful-looking appearance.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Erhardt

If you're ready to learn more about neck lift surgery, call 229-432-9325 to inquire about a consultation with Dr. Erhardt. Our plastic surgery practice is located at 506 Fourth Avenue, Albany, GA 31701.