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A cervicoplasty is a plastic surgery neck lift procedure used to remove excess skin and excess fat from the chin and neck area for a rejuvenated and refreshed appearance.

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

3 weeks




Minor Surgical Procedure




$3500 - $6500

The Specifics

What is a cervicoplasty?

A cervicoplasty is a plastic surgery neck lift procedure used to address soft tissue concerns of the chin and neck. In many cases, a cervicoplasty is combined with a platysmaplasty to address excess skin and excess fat, but also the underlying neck muscles (platysma muscle). A cervicoplasty can address a double chin, lax skin, jowls, and loose, sagging skin. A cervicoplasty can be helpful for those who have experienced extreme weight loss. Cervicoplasty procedures can be combined with other cosmetic surgeries like a facelift for further rejuvenation.

What cosmetic concerns does a cervicoplasty procedure treat?

1.Neck & Jawline Definition: A cervicoplasty alters excess fat and excess skin to refresh, restore, and rejuvenate the aesthetic of the chin and neck.

Who is the ideal candidate for a cervicoplasty procedure?

The ideal candidate for a cervicoplasty is in generally good health and has excess skin and excess fat underneath the chin and neck. A cervicoplasty is not recommended for those who have significant excess fat in the chin and neck area, or those who need to address muscle laxity. For these individuals a platysmaplasty procedure would be more appropriate.

What is the average recovery associated with a cervicoplasty procedure?

Most patients experience two to four weeks of acute recovery time following a cervicoplasty. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort progressively resolve over this time. Limitations on strenuous activity, sun exposure, and neck movement are necessary for the first few weeks. Most candidates resume normal activities within four weeks.

To better understand the healing and downtime associated with the procedure, check out our complete guide to neck lift recovery.

What are the potential side effects of a cervicoplasty procedure?

Possible side effects following a cervicoplasty procedure include edema, pain, bruising, changes in sensation, scarring, and wound infection.

What can someone expect from the results of a cervicoplasty procedure?

The results of a cervicoplasty procedure are directly noticeable following the procedure. Cervicoplasty results are permanent, although subject to natural changes through aging and significant weight changes.

What is the average cost of a cervicoplasty procedure?

A cervicoplasty procedure can cost anywhere from $3,500 to $6,500. The actual cost of a Cervicoplasty is dependent upon location, board certified facial plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery. Learn more in our complete guide to the cost of a neck lift.


  • Neck Definition
  • Remove Loose Skin
  • Younger Appearance


  • Scarring
  • Does Not Address Muscle Laxity

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

A cervicoplasty removes excess skin from the chin and neck area but does not affect the neck muscles. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a cervicoplasty.

The Takeaway

A cervicoplasty is a plastic surgery chin and neck rejuvenation procedure to enhance the appearance of the neck and chin through alterations to soft tissues.

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  1. Bhupendra C. Patel; Michael J. Lopez; Zachary P. Joos. Anatomy, Head and Neck, Eyelash PubMed.gov; 2020-07-27
  2. Emil J Kohan Anatomy of the neck PubMed.gov; 2014-01-01


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