Baltimore, Maryland Neck Lift Surgery

Dr. Summers and his Baltimore, MD cosmetic surgery staff are known throughout Maryland for helping patients with wrinkles and sagging skin achieve a rejuvenated appearance. For people with these problems or unwanted fat in the neck area, he offers a neck lift procedure. In fact, Dr. Summers performs several different types of neck lift procedures for his Annapolis and Baltimore patients. In some cases, liposuction alone is very effective. In other cases, a midline necklift can be done under local anesthesia. And, patients from across the region have sought out Dr. Summers for his minimally invasive suture suspension neck lift — this is a good option for those seeking a well defined jaw line. A description of the neck lift procedure and frequently asked questions can be found below.

Dr. Summers is always very meticulous and caring when treating me. He answers all of my questions and ensures the best result. He is always available for your concerns.

– Mamie A. Verified TrueReview®

Mamie Ambrose
This wonderful doctor SAVED MY LIFE, and if it wasn’t for him…

– Gayle A. Verified TrueReview®

Because of a terrible car crash in 1995, I have been unable to breathe correctly and I have not looked like myself for a long time. My breathing became unbearable and then I was so lucky to have found Dr. Summers. My rhinoplasty surgery has changed me so much. My breathing is so much better now and I finally have a bridge on my nose again. I used to think my lungs were not working properly. It is so amazing how much better I can breathe now. I am very happy about my nose, too. I have felt very ugly inside but never let it get me down or change me but now it feels good to look like my old self again. It’s a blessing that I met Dr. Summers and I am so very grateful that I was so lucky to have him as my surgeon. I found out that all the research I did on Dr. Summers is better than I expected…I found that he was the best around, but in my eyes’, he is the best ALL AROUND! Thank you! You have changed my life…

– Lailani R. Verified TrueReview®

Lailani R.
Dr. Summers was highly recommended to me from two friends who had been his patients in the past. I was not disappointed. He made me feel comfortable from the moment I met him. His calm demeanor and knowledge set my mind at ease that he would give me the best results possible. Many women get plastic surgery for various reasons and when I explained my reasons to him, he was non-judgemental and caring. He was very helpful in educating me on the silicone implants that I chose and I trusted that he was going to be the best doctor to do my breast augmentation. My overall experience of plastic surgery was excellent. I have more self-confidence and a better body image thanks to him!

– M. Debault Verified TrueReview®

I can’t believe how incredible my skin looks after Dr. Summers did laser resurfacing for me. Love, love, love it!

– K. V Verified TrueReview®

K. V
Dr. Summers was recommended to me by a friend who had breast implants and a tummy tuck at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center. She was delighted with the results. When she learned that I was interested in some facial work, she immediately told me that the best cosmetic surgeon in town is Adam Summers. She showed me the work he had done for her and I couldn’t believe how incredible she looked. I couldn’t even find her scars. I asked around some more and it turns out that Dr. Summers has quite a reputation for facelift surgery and is one of the few real experts for injections around the face. After my visit with him today, I had to let everyone know that if you are interested in any type of cosmetic procedure or surgery, you MUST visit Dr. Summers at his beautiful medical spa. He offers a complimentary appointment and was right on time. He spent an entire hour with me reviewing my concerns. Although it was late in the day and I know he had been working all day, he was kind and funny (and cute!) and made me feel very comfortable. I had some injections done and I look great. No, I look better than great! Truly, I’m thrilled with the results. This was the first time I had ever had anything done, and Dr. Summers made sure I was comfortable and that it was painless and that I looked just the way I wanted!

– Kathy S. Verified TrueReview®

Kathy S
Entire process was phenomenal! From the consult where all my questions were answered, to appointment scheduling, to the staff and nurses, to Dr. Summers compassion and exemplary skills as a surgeon.

– Christi S. Verified TrueReview®

Christi S.
I went to multiple Plastic Surgeons wanting lower eyelid surgery to get rid of intense under eye wrinkles when I smiled. They all said that I didn’t have enough skin for lower eyelid surgery, and they refused to do it on the grounds they all felt it would permanently pull my lower lid down and not help the wrinkles anyway. And that I had to “live with it.” Prior laser treatments did not diminish the wrinkles either, so I was out of options until I found Dr. Adam Summers. He disagreed with the other Plastic Surgeons, and guaranteed it would not permanently pull my lower lid down. He did the upper lids, lower lids, and an upper cheek lift for a great price and I am thrilled with the results. My eyelid is not pulled down and the wrinkles are gone! Just as importantly, the reason I would also recommend Dr. Summers as unlike Plastic Surgeons I’ve had surgery with in the past, he cared just as much for me and my endless questions or concerns postop as he did before I paid him. He even told me preop that if any wrinkles remained he would stand by his work and get rid of them for free. That is the mark of a truly great Plastic Surgeon. I’d also like to acknowledge Melinda, office manager, the nurses and all the staff for going over and above with great customer service. I’m a fan for life!

– L.H. Verified TrueReview®

I came to Dr.Summers 2 yrs ago and had a tummy tuck, the procedure turned out great. A year later I came back for a fat transfer to the butt and It was an success. My pants and bottoms fit perfectly and my spouse love that i have curse and i looks great. I would definitely come back for more treatment in the future. Thinking about getting more fat transfer to my bottom.

– Daronda W. Verified TrueReview®

Daronda Watkins
The staff at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center was excellent with assisting me with all questions and concerns. Dr. Summers is very precise in his work. I would recommend him to anyone I know. They are all wonderful. Thank you. Great job!

– Joan F. Verified TrueReview®

Joan F

Necklift Introduction:

Sometimes, eating right and exercising does not prevent fat from accumulating in problem areas. This is often the case with the neck as we grow older. In other individuals, the neck skin begins to wrinkle or sag or develop bands of skin. Even with a young looking face, problems with the neck can age a person considerably.

A necklift procedure can be performed at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center with tightening of the skin, removal of excess fat, and the placement of internal sutures or suspension sutures, as necessary. If the skin is of adequate quality, neck liposuction alone is an excellent way to improve the appearance of the neck. During the procedure, Dr. Summers will make incisions in areas that will hide the scars, such as the crease under the chin or behind the ears. Next, Dr. Summers will sculpt the neck area to your specifications.

Necklift Goals

  • If you have bulges of fat in the neckline area, neck liposuction can eliminate them.
  • If you have loose and sagging skin, tightening or suspension of the skin can create a smooth profile.
  • If you have neck “bands”, tightening of the neck muscles will create a clean neckline.

Note: If Dr. Summers believes you have reduced elasticity of the skin, a facelift may be recommended at the same time as the neck liposuction to prevent the excess skin from sagging around the areas where the fatty tissue was removed.


The Procedure

For most neck lift procedures, you will remain awake – however, you may choose to have sedation if desired. A local anesthetic will be used on the areas to be treated so that you will experience no pain, but you may experience some sensations of pressure or vibration. In some cases, a sedative or general anesthetic is given, which would make you sleep through the surgery. The neck lift procedure is completed in about an hour.

Tightening of the neck muscles requires hidden incisions under the chin. Permanent sutures are placed to create a “corset” – this procedure is also known as a platysmaplasty.

Traditionally, necklift procedures (such as above) have required the removal of skin from behind the ear, leaving a scar that runs up into the hairline. Other disadvantages to a “traditional” necklift procedure include:

  • The scar may be visible in patients with short hair.
  • A man’s beard may be moved behind the earlobe.
  • A “pulled” look can occur on the side of the neck.
  • Stretching of the scar can cause distortion and discoloration of the skin behind the ear.

Several years ago, Dr. Summers modified the traditional necklift procedure. He found that he was able to significantly reduce the length of the incisions in most patients, eliminating the visible scar in the hairline. Next, Dr. Summers improved the stability of the platysmaplasty (the muscle tightening portion of the traditional necklift) by incorporating an interwoven and interlocking suspension suture technique. He has made further modifications to this, and in most patients is now able to lift the neck without displacing the beard and without the issues related to scars behind the ears. In fact, Dr. Summers has been able to obtain a secure, long-lasting necklift in most patients with only a small incision hidden in the crease behind the ear.


Necklift Recovery

Necklift procedures are performed on an outpatient basis at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, and you will be able to go home within a few hours after the surgery. If you had your procedure done under sedation, please arrange to have someone drive you home. You may return to work and sedentary activities at your convenience.

You may experience soreness, stiffness, burning, swelling, numbness or bleeding for a few days after the procedure. This is part of the healing process, and Dr. Summers will prescribe medication to alleviate your discomfort.

Stitches will be removed within one week. You will be given a compression band to wear 24-hours daily for the first week after surgery. This is necessary to maintain the new shape of your neck during the healing process and to prevent fluid collections. This band will also reduce swelling.

The results of a necklift are permanent, and the fat deposits will not recur. However, sagging skin through the natural process of aging can still occur.

In addition to helping neck lift patients, Dr. Summers offers other facial procedures at his cosmetic surgery practice. Please visit these pages to learn about how Dr. Summers helps Baltimore facelift, rhinoplasty, lip augmentation, eyelid lift and forehead lift, patients.

Frequently Asked Questions About Neck Lift:

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