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What is a Neck Lift?

When it comes to your neck, it is almost impossible to hide the signs of aging. A neck lift is a surgical procedure that restores a more youthful look to the neck and jawline. If you struggle with sagging, wrinkled neck skin, vertical bands, or a saggy jawline, Dr. Fechner offers arguably the best neck lift Boston has to offer with a remarkable improvement in your overall look.

Am I a Candidate for a Neck Lift?

If you are tired of seeing loose or sagging skin on your neck, unattractive sagging jowls, and the skin on your neck has lost its youthful, elastic quality, you are likely a candidate for a neck lift. If you want to resolve a double chin, sagging neck skin, or a poorly defined jaw line, this treatment will dramatically improve your appearance. You should be in good health and at a stable weight. To ensure a smooth recovery, if you are a smoker, you should stop several weeks before your surgery.

What are the Benefits of a Neck Lift?

  • An improved contour of neck and lower facial area
  • Reduce excess and sagging skin
  • Tighten underlying muscles in the neck area
  • Minimize the appearance of creases and bands under the chin
  • Creates a more rejuvenated and youthful appearance
  • Very little scarring or downtime

What Should I Expect During the Procedure?

A neck lift will be performed under IV sedation. A small incision will be made under the chin to tighten the muscle and remove excess skin around your neck. Additionally, if you are correcting jowls, an incision will be made behind the ears to allow Dr. Fechner to lift and remove the excess skin.

Before & After

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How Long will the Neck Lift Procedure Take?

Each patient’s goals, age, and skin quality are unique, so neck lift procedures vary in length. The time required for surgery will be several hours.

How do I Prepare for Neck Lift Surgery?

You should expect to make some preparations in advance of your surgery. It is recommended to do not consume alcoholic beverages or anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen. If you smoke, it is essential that you stop a few weeks before and after your neck lift in Boston. You are having surgery. Plan to have a friend or family member drive you home and stay with you the first night.

What is Recovery Like?

Once the procedure is complete, you will leave the surgery center with a bandage around your neck. This is to support your neck while maintaining the new contours that have been created. During the first five to seven days you will experience soreness and some tightness. It is normal to have some swelling and possible bruising. Do not use ice to minimize any swelling as it could also prohibit blood flow. Most patients say their overall pain in very mild and many times the pain is associated with the tightness they feel around their neck, which soon fades.

When Can I Return to Work?

You should feel up to returning to work after one to two weeks. Any strenuous activities must be put off for several weeks. You will be given the okay to return to vigorous exercise by Dr. Fechner when healing is complete.

Why Choose Dr. Fechner for your Neck Lift?

Experience, skill, and technique are qualifications needed to ensure a beautiful and natural outcome of any surgical procedure. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Fechner has extensive experience and is committed to excellence. He educates medical students and other plastic surgeons in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Fechner’s artistic vision will leave you with youthful and natural results that you will enjoy for years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is There a Difference Between a Platysmaplasty and a Neck Lift?

A platysmaplasty is the medical term for a neck lift. A platysmaplasty addresses sagging neck skin and tissue, sometimes referred to as a “wattle,” and restores a more youthful definition to the jawline. Some patients are unhappy with vertical neck bands which can be addressed with a custom neck lift.

Will my Scars from the Procedure be Visible?

Choosing an experienced and qualified surgeon will always improve your chances of a successful surgery. Skill and technique are very important when creating a natural look and minimizing any possible scarring. The incisions for a neck lift are small and hidden from view. The neck lift incisions are located behind your ear and not visible, as they are placed in natural creases.

How Long Does a Neck Lift Last?

A well-performed neck lift should last from ten to twelve years. As you continue to age, gravity has an impact, and your neck skin may once again require treatment. A good sunscreen and skincare regimen are always recommended to extend the beautiful results of your neck lift.

How Long is the Recovery from a Neck Lift?

Plan on taking two weeks off work, although you may feel good enough to return sooner. Your neck will feel slightly tight in the early stages, and expect some swelling and bruising, all of which soon fade, leave you with a more youthful, fresh look – free from hanging skin, jowls, and left with a youthful definition to your jawline.


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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