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Excellence in Orange County Neck Lift

Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph T. Cruise has been performing face and neck rejuvenation procedures for over a decade. He wants all patients to be well informed about which face and neck lift options will best address their concerns, which is why he and his staff have provided these pages as a resource. In addition to answering some of the most common questions about face and neck lift, Cruise Plastic Surgery gives you access to a number of before and after neck lift pictures, so you can see the kinds of patient concerns that Dr. Cruise is able to address, achieving natural-looking, effective results.   

Please see below topics related to neck lift:

Many patients considering face and neck rejuvenation have similar concerns and questions. Dr. Cruise is dedicated to providing understandable, straightforward information that helps you make the best cosmetic surgery decisions for you. The topics he covers include:

  • What causes the neck to sag?
    The neck begins to sag with age as supportive tissues deteriorate. Dr. Cruise takes a custom approach to face and neck lift that directly addresses the underlying causes.
  • What does a neck lift do?
    Many patients have concerns with loose skin on their neck – “turkey neck” – as well as the definition along the jaw line. Find out how a neck lift can help these concerns.
  • Do I need a face lift, a neck lift, or both?
    Find out how to best achieve the results you want.
  • Neck lift before and after pictures
    Take a look at people who had similar concerns about their neckline, and the results they achieved from plastic surgery with Dr. Cruise.
  • What are some potential complications, risks, and safety concerns? Although complications are rare, you should be aware of them, and what you can do during recovery to keep them minimized.
  • How affordable is neck lift?
    What financing options are available?

Dr. Cruise knows that each face is different, which is why he takes a unique approach to face and neck rejuvenation. Dr. Cruise meets with each patient individually in his Orange County, CA location for an extensive consultation to discuss the patient’s concerns and examine the patient’s face and neck. Together, patients and Dr. Cruise decide which facial rejuvenation procedures might be right to achieve the look the patient desires.

The underlying causes of aging cannot always be addressed by one procedure – while a neck lift may leave you with the results of tighter skin along the neck and jaw line, it may not be the most permanent solution. Dr. Cruise can discuss with you how his CustomLift approach can be organized to use as many or as few procedures as you need to obtain the face and neck rejuvenation results you want.

Overview of Neck Rejuvenation

Over time, the muscles, soft tissue, and skin of the face and neck begin to lose the elasticity and fullness of youth. Eventually, this creates loose, sagging skin, wrinkles, and other common effects of aging on the face and neck. Facial rejuvenation procedures are some of the most popular to address these concerns, but the neck also must be rejuvenated in order to maintain a youthful appearance. 

A youthful, ideal neck has skin closely adherent to the neck, creating a defined jaw line and a sharp angle at the center of the throat (for men, at the “Adam’s Apple”). Both men and women want to appear youthful, with tight, wrinkle-free face and neck skin, and the  neck rejuvenation procedures offered at Cruise Plastic Surgery in Orange County, CA, help patients address their biggest concerns and achieve the results they want.

Neck Lift Suspension Technique

This graphic demonstrates how the platysma muscle is suspended under the jaw bone, creating a well-defined jaw line and a youthful neck angle. All sutures in a neck lift are under the skin and invisible. The midline platysma muscle suture eliminates “turkey neck.”

Diagram of neck lift using suture suspension

Dr. Cruise’s method of re-suspending the muscles of the neck is advanced: he uses a technique called a “suture suspension” to produce dramatic results and secures the muscles to their proper location.

Notice how the suture suspension technique for this neck lift has dramatically improved the jaw line and the neck angle.

How Aging and Weight Loss Affect the Neck

In youth, the angle of the neck at the throat is pronounced and sharp. With age, the muscles and other soft tissues begin to lose their ability to support themselves, and they become lax and sag. Muscles and skin can form cords that drape down from the chin and create the “turkey neck” appearance that causes many patients to seek out cosmetic surgery to achieve a tighter, more youthful look.

Weight gain creates a softer, flatter angle of the neck because of excess subcutaneous fat rather than the loose, sagging skin seen in people with aged necks. Newport Beach plastic surgeon, Dr. Cruise, uses different approaches to correct  concerns of the face and neck related to weight gain. He believe s a customized approach to neck and facial rejuvenation is the way to give patients the best results possible.

Dr. Cruise uses a variety of neck rejuvenation techniques to correct the underlying causes of each individual’s signs of aging or effects of weight gain. Some people have more severe concerns and therefore may require more extensive surgery than simply a neck lift in order to address all the underlying causes of their sagging skin and aged appearance.

This patient had banding of the platysma muscles (below the chin) before neck lift surgery. After the procedure, this was eliminated, in addition to the patient’s jowls. Dr. Cruise used the suture suspension technique to achieve these neck lift results. Click the before and after pictures to see them enlarged.

Custom Approach Provides Best Neck Rejuvenation Results

If a patient has gained weight and their neck angle is flattened, Dr. Cruise normally contours the neck with liposuction. Dr. Cruise removes the subcutaneous fat with liposuction; then during healing, the skin naturally tightens against the neck to create a leaner, more youthful appearance.  The patient may not need a neck lift in this situation, so it’s important that Dr. Cruise consults with each patient individually about their needs.

Dr. Cruise has found that the best neck rejuvenation results come from tightening the underlying muscles that have lost their tight supportive structure. When this central issue is addressed, and the patient’s skin has been re-draped and contoured appropriately, the best neck lifts create a well-defined jaw line, a tight appearance across the center of the throat (the “Adam’s Apple” area), and a smooth, natural neck line.

As one of the top plastic surgeons in Orange County, Dr. Cruise knows that neck rejuvenation is more than simply a skin tightening procedure – the issues that cause the effects of aging must be addressed in order for the results to be lasting, natural, and effective. The custom face and neck lift approach taken at Cruise Plastic Surgery is one that allows each patient to prioritize concerns and tailor an approach to achieve their desired results, all with the help of hundreds of before and after photos and 3-D animations of procedures to visualize the results. The first step is scheduling an individual consultation with Dr. Cruise in his Newport Beach office, so you can discuss your cosmetic surgery options.


Joseph T. Cruise M.D. has earned the reputation as one of the top Newport Beach plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery. Cruise Plastic Surgery provides procedures such as breast augmentation, facelift, gynecomastia, tummy tuck and other cosmetic surgeries. Patients often begin with a search for ‘Orange County Facelift’ or ‘Breast Augmentation Newport Beach’, then come to our office for a consultation, and ultimately benefit from one of Orange County’s best plastic surgeon specialists. Dr. Cruise’s patients come from Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Irvine, California, as well as around the world to our top plastic surgery center for breast implants as well as rhinoplasty (nose surgery), liposuction, or neck lift surgery. Our goal is to offer the best quality plastic surgery in Orange County with affordable cost options.

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Joseph T. Cruise, M.D.
Board Certified Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
2081 San Joaquin Hills Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Tel. 949-644-4808
info@cruiseplasticsurgery.com


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