Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty)

Offered at our convenient location in Cottonwood Heights, Utah

Neck Lift

The neck forms a pleasing line between the head and the shoulders. It is the pedestal on which your face rests, and it deserves focused attention and consideration. As skin ages, it loses elasticity due to decreased production of elastin and collagen. Nowhere is this depletion more apparent than on the neck. 

To reclaim the vigor and vitality of your neck, consider a lift procedure at Clayton Plastic Surgery. Under the esteemed leadership of Dr. Dave Clayton, our team can attend to your healthcare needs and aesthetic dreams. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Clayton has proudly served his Utah communities for decades. To schedule your neck lift consultation at Clayton Plastic Surgery, contact us at your earliest convenience. We also provide virtual consultations to those who cannot visit us in person for the time being. 

What Is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift is a cosmetic procedure that addresses loose skin and excess fat around the neck. By carefully removing sagging skin and redraping it skillfully along the natural contours of a patient’s features, Dr. Clayton achieves miraculous results. A neck lift can eliminate jowls, tighten the jawline, and create a strong, sleek, striking profile.

The art of aesthetic surgery is subtlety. You do not want your friends and family to take one look at you and immediately assume you had a neck lift procedure. Instead, you deserve a look that highlights your best features while celebrating your individuality.

Dr. Clayton is a master of proportion. He treats the neck as part of the patient, not merely a part.

A neck lift may involve pitfalls such as looking too stretched or stringy.[1] But in the hands of Dr. Clayton, the neck can enjoy harmonious symmetry and balance. He views the neck as a vibrant connection between the head, shoulders, and overall silhouette.

Benefits of a Neck Lift

In addition to the obvious physical benefits that a neck lift provides, it also entails a host of psychological benefits. According to one groundbreaking study, plastic surgery recipients experience a greater alleviation of anxiety and depressive issues than their control group counterparts.[2] The benefits of cosmetic surgery were even more pronounced regarding the specific nature of their procedure. In other words, issues of body image decreased as a result of the body contouring treatment they experienced. 

If neck wrinkles and sagging skin are inhibiting your confidence and wellbeing, consider the benefits of a neck lift with Dr. Clayton. 

  • Eliminates “turkey wattle”
  • Reduces fat deposits
  • Smooths wrinkles
  • Tightens skin
  • Accentuates facial features

To reap the rewards of a neck lift for yourself, book a virtual consultation with Dr. Clayton soon. No matter where you log on, he can keep you looking sleek and strong!

Eligible Candidates

If you have lax, “pinchable” skin lining the contours of your neck, then you may be an ideal candidate for a neck lift. Healthy Utah residents who wish to tighten and tone their look should consider a consultation with Dr. Clayton. He can assess your skin tone and determine your eligibility for a neck lift procedure. Please call (801) 937-9650 to schedule your appointment soon.

Private Consultation in Utah

From the moment you arrive for your neck lift consultation, you are in the proverbial driver’s seat. Guide us through your medical history and lead us to your future goals. In addition to being a world-class surgeon, Dr. Clayton is an excellent listener.

Feel free to ask as many questions as you may have. If you find yourself at a loss for words, here are some conversation starters to get the process moving forward:

  • Is my skin healthy enough for a neck lift?
  • How much fat can you remove from my jowls?
  • Will the results be natural looking?
  • How will my neck feel after it is lifted and tightened?

Dr. Clayton is eager to answer these concerns and many more. Contact our Utah office to get the conversation started!

Preparation for Plastic Surgery

During your individual consultation, the Clayton Plastic Surgery team will provide you with a comprehensive set of instructions to help prepare you for neck lift surgery. These directions are tailored to your anatomy, aesthetic needs, and overall healthcare history.

Preparation for Plastic Surgery

You may be advised to stop smoking. Tobacco products are detrimental to your wellness, specifically as it relates to skincare. You should also stop taking certain medications in the weeks leading up to surgery, according to Dr. Clayton’s expert opinion. Blood thinners may impede proper circulation, and we want you to be ready for recuperation even before your neck lift procedure begins.

Neck Lift Procedure

Safety is a hallmark of success. To ensure a safe, comfortable neck lift procedure, you will receive the appropriate level of anesthesia. Once you are sufficiently relaxed, Dr. Clayton will make the necessary incisions, being sure to place them out of view to reduce visible scarring.

Depending on your unique anatomy, Dr. Clayton may administer liposuction to gently vacuum excess fat deposits from your neck. This helps create the streamlined look you desire, over which Dr. Clayton will redrape your skin. Excess sagging is trimmed away and the remaining skin is sutured together skillfully.

The entire neck lift procedure may last 2-3 hours, but surgery times vary from patient to patient. Dr. Clayton is a consummate professional, so he will not rest until you achieve your ideal contours.

Healthy Recovery

In the hours immediately following your neck lift surgery, a trained medical professional will monitor your progress. Once you are ready to leave, a loved one will drive you home to recover in comfort and privacy.

You should expect to take two weeks off work to allow your body time and space to heal properly.

Keep your head elevated to promote healthy circulation. You may be asked to schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Clayton to address any ongoing concerns you may have with the recovery process. We are happy to celebrate your results!

Amazing Results

As you gaze at your youthful new contours in the mirror, you will notice how fine lines and wrinkles have been replaced with smooth skin and sleek dimensions. Unsightly bulges and sagging pockets are eliminated and your profile shines as brightly as our rave reviews. We are humbled by our patients’ kind words and we look forward to adding you to our roster of success stories!

Complementary and Alternative Procedures 

The neck is intimately tied to its surrounding features. The flow from the chin to the sternum draws the eye along the upper body and back to the face with ease. To showcase your best aesthetics, consider the full array of cosmetic enhancements offered at Clayton Plastic Surgery. 

Dermal Fillers

As skin ages, it sags away from its underlying muscles and soft tissue. To fill the pockets left behind, a dermal filler can plump your look. Juvederm and Restylane are hyaluronic acid based fillers. Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the body, and it cradles moisture to keep your skin looking dewy and refreshed. Dermal fillers also encourage the increased production of collagen, the most prevalent protein in humans. Collagen helps maintain and regenerate skin cells, so the results of a dermal filler treatment at Clayton Plastic Surgery are long-lasting!


Now that you have enjoyed the restorative benefits of a neck lift, consider extending the joy even further. Dr. Clayton offers a suite of facial surgery options to address wrinkled features and lax skin. By contouring the face, Dr. Clayton unleashes your potential. Eyebrows look more alert, cheeks appear smoother, and crow’s feet are smoothed away.

Regardless of which procedures you may be considering, Clayton Plastic Surgery can help. From the minimally invasive perk of injectables to the transformational appeal of a body lift, Dr. Clayton regards each patient as a work of art.


How much does a neck lift cost in Utah?

The price of any surgical procedure depends on several factors. During your one-on-one consultation, we will explain each factor that goes into determining the cost of a neck lift. We promise transparency before, during, and after your procedure. Continued care is our legacy and satisfaction is our top priority. Please call (801) 937-9650 to start a  conversation about your aesthetic goals and our surgical solutions.

Is a neck lift permanent?

Nothing in life lasts forever. A neck lift can tighten your skin and remove unwanted fat cells for good, but that does not mean your procedure is permanent. Other fat cells in the region can grow in size as a result of weight fluctuations. Also, the aging process will continue to affect your skin. However, a neck lift turns back the years in a thorough, long-lasting way. With the proper skincare regimen and healthy lifestyle choices, you can enjoy the benefits of a neck lift for decades to come!


  1. Narasimhan, K., Stuzin, J., Rohrich, R. J. (2013). Five-Step Neck Lift: Integrating Anatomy with Clinical Practice to Optimize Results. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 132(2)339-350. DOI: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3182958b6f  
  2. Moss, T. P. & Harris, D. L. (2009). Psychological change after aesthetic plastic surgery: A prospective controlled outcome study. Psychology, Health & Medicine. 14(5)567-572. DOI: 10.1080/13548500903112374