Just like women, men are prone to showing signs of aging, particularly in the neck region and around the eyes. Historically, it has not been common for men to seek cosmetic surgery. However, increased acceptance of cosmetic procedures and more competitive work environments have led many men under the knife to reverse signs of aging. Sagging skin in the neck area (turkey neck) drastically shows signs of male aging due to decreased elasticity and excess fat. A male neck lift can dramatically improve the appearance of the neck region.

If you are ready to learn more about how a male neck lift can improve your look, request a consultation online with Dr. Steele, or call our office at (817) 731-5330. We serve patients in Fort Worth, TX and surrounding communities and we welcome patients who wish to travel from outside the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

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  • Male Neck Lift Before & after Photos

    Case #1

    This 70-year-old male did not like the excess skin hanging below his chin and jawline. He did not want the downtime or scars…

  • Male Neck Lift Before & after Photos

    Case #2

    This 67-year-old gentleman lost 130 pounds after a lap band procedure. He was left with excess, loose neck skin, that…

  • Male Neck Lift Before & after Photos

    Case #3

    This 62-year-old male desired a neck lift to remove sagging skin and improve his neck contour. He was not…

Male Neck Lift

A man with a neck lift stands outdoors while wearing a nice, blue sweater.

The male neck lift procedure is less invasive than a facelift, but provides the same dramatic, long-lasting results in the neck and jowl region. The primary difference between a male neck lift and a facelift is the scar location: facelift scars run in front of and behind the ear into the hairline, while male neck lift incisions are located directly on the neck. Direct excision of the neck skin allows for a more powerful reversal of the aging neck. Benefits include:

  • Elimination of loose neck skin
  • Reduction of fat under the chin, jawline
  • Tightening of the neck muscles for improved contour and shape of the neck

The neck scar heals extremely well due to the high blood flow in hair-bearing male facial skin. Click here to see before/after photos of male neck lift patients.


A handsome man shows off his great neck lift results.

Male neck lift procedures are typically performed as an outpatient under general anesthesia. You should expect bruising and swelling. A small drain is typically placed and removed within the first week. A bulky dressing is applied for gentle pressure and removed in a few days. Sutures are removed around one week, at which time you can resume shaving. Dr. Steele may ask you to wear a compression garment for 1-2 weeks after surgery.

Work activities can generally be resumed within a few days; however, you may wish to take 7-14 days off from work to allow the swelling and bruising to dissipate. It will take up to 3 months for all of the swelling to resolve. Cardio activities can be resumed around 3-4 weeks and gradual return to weight training can be resumed between 4-6 weeks. Dr. Steele will recommend Biocorneum for optimal scar management.

Frequently Asked

  • Male neck lift or full facelift?
    Most men are primarily concerned with their saggy neck skin. For these patients, a male neck lift will provide significant improvement in the neck. However, for those patients who desire improvement in the middle face, jowling, and neck, a full facelift should be considered. Because of differences in hair patterns between men and women, Dr. Steele will alter the incision placement in male facelift patients for optimal camouflage.
  • Can I combine other procedures with a male neck lift?
    Certainly. Because aging changes around the eyes are prominent as well, many men will combine a blepharoplasty procedure with their neck lift.
  • Are male neck lifts painful?
    Generally, no. Most patients tell us they need very little pain medicine postop. There can be significant swelling and bruising, but usually patients are back to their normal routine by 10-14 days.
  • How long will my results last?
    A male neck lift should last 7-10 years and can be repeated in the future if necessary. Many patients will continue with optimal skin care and non-invasive treatments to help extend their results.
  • What can I do to improve my appearance without surgery?
    While only a facelift or neck lift can provide the most dramatic improvements, other forms of facial rejuvenation can delay surgical intervention. Minimally invasive options such as Botox® and dermal fillers such as Juvederm®, and Restylane® (hyperlinks to injectables) can ease the appearance of wrinkles and lines. A good skin care regimen will also improve the skin appearance by minimizing the appearance of very fine lines and wrinkles. Kybella®, a new injectable agent, is also available for nonsurgical reduction of fat below the chin.
  • What can I do to prolong my results?
    Results from facial plastic surgery are not permanent, but there are plenty of ways you can prolong the results and minimize recurring signs of aging. These include the following:

    Sun Protection:
    Good sun protection is especially important for optimal scar healing. Prolonged sun exposure increases and prolongs scar redness. Regular sunscreen use will also help maintain healthy skin, decrease the presence of fine lines, and decrease your risk of skin cancer.

    Skin care:
    A good skin care regimen including gentle cleansing, moisturizing, sun screen, and retinoid use is very helpful for maintaining a healthy skin appearance while minimizing fine lines. Topical antioxidants and a healthy diet are also very helpful.

    Diet and Exercise:
    A good diet and exercise regimen is vital to healthy skin. Proper nutrition is important to ensure the necessary vitamins and antioxidants are available for healing and maintenance of healthy skin. A stable weight will prevent fluctuations that may result in skin laxity.

    Tobacco-free lifestyle:
    Smoking has a significant impact on wound healing and accelerates facial aging. Nicotine causes restricted blood flow which results in wound infections, open wounds, and bad scars. It also causes premature ageing and a sallow, discolored appearance. Best to quit smoking one month before and after surgery, and even better for your health to discontinue entirely. This applies to all nicotine products including chewing tobacco, vape cigarettes with nicotine, and nicotine patches/gums.

    Scar care:
    Dr. Steele will recommend topical scar therapy postoperatively for optimal scar healing.