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Limited-Incision Neck Lift

Visible signs of aging often result in the development of jowls and sagging skin and bands on the neck. These signs of aging are typically caused by weak tissue and muscles and a loss of the elastic property of the skin. For patients with an aged neck appearance, Dr. Kao performs his specialty Limited-Incision Neck Lift for dramatic, yet natural results.


Ideal candidates for a Limited-Incision Neck Lift are in good health and have begun to experience skin laxity along the jowls and neck. Dr. Kao often performs the limited-incision neck lift in conjunction with his Ponytail Lift™ to provide a global rejuvenation of the head and neck. However, Dr. Kao can perform the limited-incision neck lift as a stand-alone procedure for patients who have true neck laxity but good skin elasticity of the upper two-thirds of the face.

Good candidates may have visible signs of aging, including:

  • Loose skin around the jowls
  • Sagging skin around the neck
  • Excess fat under the chin


The Limited-Incision Neck Lift is designed to provide the same dramatic results as a traditional neck lift but without unnatural distortion and scarring. Traditional neck lifts place the incisions in front or behind the tragus, which causes the tissues to pull mostly horizontally, distorting the tragus, shortening or elevating the sideburns, revealing a scar, and often resulting in an unnatural look. Also, traditional necks typically only dissect down to the Adam’s apple to tighten the jawline but do not address the laxity at the base of the neck or the decolletage area.

With the appropriate patients, Dr. Kao performs his Limited-Incision Neck Lift and avoids placing any incision in front or behind the tragus of the ear to prevent all visible scarring. With the use of the endoscope, he then dissects the tissues all the way down to the clavicle and all the way to the posterior neck to tighten and lift the skin of the décolletage. Dr. Kao’s technique provides a continuous flow of tightness of the skin from the chest to the jawline.

After separating the skin and fat from the neck muscle, he redistributes out the fat to ensure it is equal in thickness. Dr. Kao then performs an anterior neck plication to tighten the neck muscles and eliminate neck bands and performs a posterior neck corset that he developed in 2015 to reduce the circumference of the neck and make it appear longer. He places a fine incision discreetly under the chin, through which he removes the fat that is hidden under the muscle that is often missed and tightens and sutures the neck muscles together to correct the appearance of vertical neck bands. Some excess tissue may be trimmed away as necessary, and what remains is draped to highlight a new contour of the neck. Dr. Kao closes all incisions by burying his sutures to prevent scarring and places drains for five days to control swelling. Dr. Kao’s limited-incision neck lift with anterior neck plication and posterior corset provides the neck with a thinner, elongated appearance.


All of Dr. Kao’s patients are given the option of staying at an aftercare facility following their procedure. Serenity is a post-surgical care facility situated just across the street from Dr. Kao’s surgical facility, and it is located in a Federal and state-licensed healthcare center.

You will experience some bruising and swelling following your surgery and be required to rest with your head elevated for several days post surgery. Many patients return to work within seven to ten days of their procedure. You will need to limit your strenuous physical activities for up to four weeks. By six weeks, most major swelling should have subsided, and your results will become final.

If you wish to restore a youthful and toned facial appearance by correcting neck sagging, schedule your consultation today. Dr. Kao is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He and his knowledgeable, friendly staff are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Contact our office at 310-315-9211 or fill out our online contact form for additional information.

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