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Deep Plane Neck Lift

Many people notice their neck shows changes and signs of aging more rapidly than their face does. Changes to the neck that come with age include fullness, sagging skin, jowls, or a lack of definition in the jawline. A deep plane neck lift refines the contours of a youthful, firm, and sculpted neckline. The result of this procedure is a dramatic, refreshed improvement that takes years off the appearance.

What is a deep plane neck lift?

A deep plane neck lift is a surgical procedure that addresses the underlying tissues of the neck, called the SMAS. The SMAS, the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System, is a layer of connective tissues beneath the skin. This fibrous network of tissues lies under the skin but above the facial muscles, and it forms the framework of the face and neck. Tightening the SMAS achieves significant, long-lasting results.

A deep neck lift focuses on lifting and sculpting the neck contours to achieve a more youthful, refined, and attractive jawline and neck.

Why a deep plane neck lift instead of neck liposuction?

Neck liposuction breaks up fat in the neck and suctions it out to address stubborn pockets of fat on the jawline and neck. While this is an effective, long-lasting treatment, if your neck skin is lax, it will not address sagging skin and can even make it look worse. Your neck muscles and other underlying tissues will not be addressed.

On the other hand, a deep plane neck lift tightens the muscles and connective tissues and sculpts the contours of the neck. This procedure can be combined with liposuction to achieve an even more dramatic effect. During this procedure, the entire area is lifted to achieve a tight, firm aesthetic.

Who is a candidate for a deep plane neck lift?

  • Are in good health
  • Do not have serious medical concerns
  • Do not smoke
  • Are realistic in their expectations for results
  • Have lost jawline definition or have a thick, heavy neck

Before & After

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What are the benefits of a deep plane neck lift?

This procedure provides a range of benefits for patients who want a more defined, refined neck contour. Benefits of a deep plane neck lift in Worcester and Boston include the following:

  • A more elegant, graceful neck shape
  • Eliminated double chin
  • A sculpted jawline
  • A more defined separation from the jawline to the neck
  • A better fit in open-necked or collared shirts
  • Contours the neck for a graceful, more elegant shape
  • Minimal scarring
  • Better confidence and self-esteem

What happens during the deep plane neck lift procedure?

Dr. Fechner will have a personalized consultation with you ahead of time to ensure he understands your aesthetic goals. He will review your medical history, examine your skin and neck, and determine if you’re a candidate for this procedure. He will explain the details of your surgery to help you feel empowered and confident about what to expect.

A deep plane neck lift is performed under general anesthesia. A thin, one-inch incision is made beneath the chin, hidden in the natural contours there. Dr. Fechner will use this incision to tighten and lift the connective tissues and muscles in the neck to sculpt an elegant, defined contour. He will remove fat on the neck and under the chin.

Your surgery will take about one hour.

What is recovery like after a deep plane neck lift?

You will need one to two weeks of downtime after a deep plane neck lift. You will need this time to rest as your body heals and recovers. You will experience bruising and swelling, which will worsen during your downtime, then begin to go down after about two weeks. You will need to sleep with your head elevated to help reduce swelling. Do not lift anything over five pounds or exert yourself in any way as you’re healing. Do not turn or twist your neck.

Most patients can return to light, sedentary work within 7-14 days. It will take about a month before you are able to exercise lightly again. Expect to experience a sensation of tightness and numbness that will last for about two months. You will not be able to exercise strenuously during this time.

Results after a deep plane neck lift

It will take about two months to see your results, and residual swelling may continue for longer. Your scar will be well hidden in the lines under your chin. It will fade to become a thin white line.

Once your results appear, you will be able to enjoy them for 10-15 years. Your neck will continue to age after your recovery, but you will have set the clock back years, giving you much longer to enjoy your firm, youthful-looking contours.

What is the risk of complications?

Like any surgery, a deep plane neck lift surgery carries risks, such as infection, bleeding, or scarring. The risk of complications is directly related to the experience and expertise of your surgeon.

Your deep plane neck lift with Dr. Fechner

Dr. Frank Fechner is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and understanding of facial plastic surgery. He is an authority and a leading specialist in his field who educates plastic surgeons in training as a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School. Due to his beautiful results and patient satisfaction, he has gained a stellar reputation in facial plastic surgery. He is known for his caring approach, technical expertise, and personal attention to every patient, ensuring they achieve the results they hoped for. Please call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fechner.


Dr. Frank Fechner

428 Shrewsbury Street,Worcester, MA 01604

Fax: (508) 754-4222 Tel: 508-306-8363

428 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604


On behalf of the entire team at Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we would like to take a moment to say thank you again for your loyalty and support during this unprecedented time. The past several months have been unlike anything we've ever experienced, and we're working hard to evolve so that we can continue to provide you with the patient experience you have come to expect from our practice.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa has taken extreme precautionary measures, in addition to following the most up to date CDC recommendations and state guidelines to maximize the health and safety of our patients, staff and facility. Our surgical center and medical spa remain committed to providing the best patient care, and we are actively working to take all necessary precautions as we plan to safely re-open our practice. Please help us continue to protect the health and well-being of our patients and workplace by cooperating with all of our precautionary measures and protocols against COVID-19 at your next appointment, or as you plan for your surgery.



As a fully accredited surgical facility, Fechner MD has always observed the highest level of safety and sanitation. In fact, as a surgeon, Dr. Fechner is an expert in infection control. We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible for our patients to safely return for surgical and medical spa treatments alike.

  • Our accredited practice is exclusively reserved for our patients and staff.
  • Our facility is in a single, free standing building only occupied by our practice. This allows us to limit foot traffic to our patients and staff only.
  • Our staff work only at our facility and all travel in private transport. All of us are otherwise self-isolating at home.
  • We closely monitor our staff for symptoms and elevated temperature daily.
  • We sterilize all our instruments in house further reducing potential exposure.
  • We have PPE to meet our needs.
  • All our staff members will be using appropriate PPE including N95 masks and protective facei shields, goggles and head coverings.
  • We have purchased and installed air scrubbers throughout the facility to clean the air while the practice is open to patients.
  • We have purchased and installed ozone generators designed to sanitize the air in the facility at the end of each day.
  • We have purchased and installed touchless hand sanitizer units throughout the building.
  • We have purchased and installed plexi-glass protective shields in the reception area to provide a protective barrier for staff and patients.
  • Our staff continues to adhere to social distancing guidelines within our facility.
  • We have implemented a stringent survey and testing protocol for staff and patients.
  • We have implemented a virtual check in/ check out process for our patients.
  • We have ensured that there is minimum interaction of patients with other people while in the office.
  • We will continue to offer virtual consults and virtual follow up visits.
  • We provide you with a touchless payment system.

The upgraded work flow and safety protocols we have implemented at Fechner MD far exceed those being recommended by any government agency.



Fechner MD will adhere to all local, state, and government mandates. We expect to cautiously resume medical spa and injectable treatments during Phase 2 of the Massachusetts phased reopening. We are awaiting a definitive date from Governor Baker. Cosmetic surgery is expected to resume during Phase 3 of Governor Baker’s plan. We ask for your patience and understanding as our staff is working diligently to reschedule all surgeries and procedures affected by our closure. Please understand that in order to open and adhere to Massachusetts guidelines, we will need to limit the number of staff and patients we have in our building and extend the time between patient appointments in order to sanitize rooms. This means we will have fewer available openings for procedures. In order to maximize our provider appointments, we will continue to hold consultations virtually rather than in person, with a few exceptions (body contouring, Instalift, vein treatments).



  • We will do our best to accommodate your preferred appointment date and time, but we very much appreciate your flexibility during this unprecedented time.
  • When booking your appointment, we will ask for your payment information to be securely stored in our payment system. The card you provide will be the card used to pay for your services. This will allow for a touchless checkout.
  • Required forms and documents will be sent to you electronically two days prior to your scheduled appointment via our new patient app, Touch MD. Touch MD will allow you to receive, review and sign documents directly from your personal cell phone.
  • One hour prior to your appointment, we will send you the Covid-19 Wellness Screening document to be completed via Touch MD. This must be completed prior to entering the building.



  • When you arrive for your scheduled appointment time, we ask that you park and remain in your car. Please send us a text message or call to let us know that you have arrived for your appointment.
  • When your provider is ready for your treatment, she will call or text you to let you know you may proceed to our vestibule.
  • Please leave your coat and personal belongings in your car.
  • Please do not bring along family or friends, unless you require physical assistance. They will not be allowed entry to the building.
  • Please wear your mask prior to entering the building and throughout your appointment. Should your mask need to be removed for treatment, your provider will let you know when to safely remove it.
  • Your provider will greet you at the door and will take a no contact temperature reading. *Any patient with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be asked to leave the building and their appointment will be rescheduled a minimum of 14 days later.
  • You will be escorted immediately to a treatment room. Our waiting room will not be open during this time.
  • After your procedure or treatment the provider will collect payment via our secure payment system with the information you provided at booking.
  • Your provider will book a virtual follow up appointment with you, if necessary, and will escort you to the exit.


We thank you in advance for your patience throughout this time, and we look forward to seeing you here again as we begin to resume business operations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa at (508) 754-4000 and our team will gladly assist you. Thank you!

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