Neck Lift Surgeon – Kenneth Bermudez, MD

A beautiful, smooth neck is a sign of youth and vitality. Unfortunately, the neck is one of the areas where the signs of aging tend to appear first. Over the years, the neck skin and muscles gradually lose their tone and elasticity, leading to unsightly bands and creases of excess tissue. Dr. Kenneth Bermudez recognizes this aesthetic concern, which is why he offers neck lift in San Francisco. By carefully rearranging the neck skin and muscles, he can create a youthful-looking neck without any visible signs of surgery. Read on to learn how neck lift can help you turn back the hands of time and appear as youthful on the outside as you feel on the inside.

Neck Lift

During neck lift surgery, Dr. Kenneth Bermudez removes excess skin from the neck and tightens the underlying muscles. This relatively minor surgical procedure addresses the problem of flabby, folding skin on the neck caused by rapid weight loss, sun exposure, and/or the natural aging process.

The Procedure

In performing a neck lift, Dr. Kenneth Bermudez discreetly makes small incisions behind the ears and under the chin, then lifts the area and removes excess fat deposits and skin. He then tightens the muscles as well as the remaining skin, providing the area with a fit, recontoured appearance. As a result, his SF neck lift patients often look both younger and slimmer. The results of neck lift can be enhanced even more by combining this procedure with injections of Botox, placement of facial implants or facelift surgery.


After neck lift surgery, you may feel sore and swollen. The neck will be covered with special surgical bandages, and your head might also be wrapped in surgical dressings. The swelling and discomfort can be controlled with the use of prescription medications provided by Dr. Kenneth Bermudez. Most of his neck lift San Francisco patients are able to resume light activities within a week of their procedure. Once the swelling has completely subsided and the incisions have healed, there will be no visible signs of surgery, and the neck should look completely natural.


Just as with any surgical procedure, neck lift surgery is associated with rare complications, including:

  • Temporary numbness of the skin

  • Excess scar tissue

  • Bruising of the skin

  • Excessive bleeding

  • Reaction to anesthesia

  • Infection

However, when the procedure is performed by Dr. Bermudez, who has years of experience in neck lift surgery, the possibility of complications is greatly reduced. In fact, Dr. Bermudez is known for his excellent surgical track record, and many neck lift surgery San Francisco patients have trust him for all their facial rejuvenation needs.

Neck Lift Benefits

Neck lift surgery can significantly improve an individual’s appearance, making them look years younger. Some of the benefits of neck lift surgery include:

  • Slimmer, more attractive neck

  • Tighter, more youthful-looking skin

  • Improve the appearance of jowls/ double chin

  • A boost in self-esteem

Please use our contact page to schedule a personal consultation with one of the leading San Francisco plastic surgeons, Kenneth Bermudez, MD. During your appointment, he will explain your treatment options and help you select the most appropriate procedures. In addition, Dr. Bermudez will answer any questions you may have about other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as eyelid surgery or rhinoplasty.

Neck Lift FAQs

What is a good age to have neck lift surgery?

There is no “right” age to have neck lift surgery, or any type of plastic surgery procedure for that matter. However, the younger the neck surgery patient is, the better skin elasticity they have, and the longer-lasting their results.

What type of scarring can I expect from neck lift surgery?

The incisions made during neck lift surgery are small and are hidden behind the ears and under the chin, so that the resulting scars are virtually unnoticeable.

Dr. Bermudez will discuss scar care and other recovery details with you during his pre-surgery consultation. During this time, feel free to ask him any and all questions you have about neck lift surgery.

Is neck lift surgery painful?

Many patients combine neck lift surgery with a facelift, Botox, facial implants, or other facial procedure. Schedule a private consultation with Dr. Bermudez to discuss your surgery goals and to see what combination of procedures is right for you.

Can I combine neck lift surgery with a facelift procedure?

Many patients combine neck lift surgery with a facelift, Botox, facial implants, or other facial procedures. Schedule a private consultation with Dr. Bermudez to discuss your surgery goals and to see what combination of procedures is right for you.

What should I expect when recovering from neck lift surgery?

You will experience some swelling and soreness after surgery, and your neck will feel “tight” during this time; all of this should dissipate within 10-14 days after surgery. For the first few days after surgery, your neck will need to be covered in surgical bandages to protect incision sites and help with swelling. Any discomfort felt during this time can be alleviated by pain medication prescribed by Dr. Bermudez.

Most of Dr. Bermudez’s patients return to work one week after surgery and can resume exercise and other vigorous activities after two weeks. Keep in mind that having combined procedures (neck lift with facelift surgery, etc.) means a longer recovery time. Dr. Bermudez will discuss recovery and post-operative care details during his pre-surgery consultation with you.

When will I start to see my neck lift surgery results?

Once swelling subsides (typically about a week or two after surgery), you will already start to notice that your neck looks smoother and more youthful-looking. However, your final surgery results may take several more weeks, even a few months, to appear.

How long will my neck lift results last?

Most patients can expect to look up to 10 years younger after neck lift surgery, and this effect will last the rest of their lives. However, the procedure (like any) can’t stop the aging process, and your neck will continue to age along with the rest of you. For this reason, some neck lift patients opt to have the surgery re-done after 10 years in order to achieve the same youthful look as they did with their first procedure.

How much does neck lift surgery cost?

The cost of neck lift surgery can vary, though it is typically around $17,200.

What should I keep in mind when looking for a neck lift surgeon near me?

When searching for a doctor to perform your neck lift procedure, the first thing to keep in mind is that a cosmetic surgeon is not the same thing as a plastic surgeon. A cosmetic surgeon, though a medical doctor, does not have the same specialized education and years of training as a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Bermudez.

Being board certified means that a plastic surgeon is considered by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (the industry standard) as a surgeon who uploads the highest level of care and patient safety. And when looking for the most aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking neck lift results, choosing a plastic surgeon is key.

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