Neck Lift

Neck Lift Surgery in Richmond With Dr. John Zinsser

Many factors affect the collagen and elastin in our skin, causing them to break down as we age. Genetics, stress, and environmental factors can affect our overall skin health and result in loosened, sagging skin around the face, jawline, and neck. Neck lift surgery delivers a safe, effective solution to tighten sagging skin and stimulate collagen and elastin production. 

For many patients looking for a rejuvenated, more youthful-looking profile, neck lifts provide subtle, natural-looking results under the skilled hands of Dr. John Zinsser. With over 25 years of unmatched expertise and a passion for helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals, Dr. Zinsser is your best choice for neck lift surgery in Richmond.

Restoring your youthful appearance with the best neck lift in Fredericksburg, VA and the surrounding Northern Virginia area, is easier than ever. Contact Zinsser Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation at (804) 464-7615 or complete our online form today.

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Whether treating patients in their 20’s or 70’s, Dr. Zinsser believes the key to providing world-class results is an individualized approach to patient care.

What Can a Neck Lift Accomplish?

Neck lifts are surgical procedures that correct the signs of aging—sagging jowls and skin laxity around the neck and jawline. Dr. Zinsser tailors every neck lift procedure to address his patients’ specific needs. Depending on your unique situation, a neck lift can correct:


  • Lax muscle and skin in the neck

  • Loss of jawline definition

  • Double chin

  • Skin wrinkles in the neck

  • Muscle bands

Many patients choose to combine neck lifts with other facial procedures to achieve optimal rejuvenation. For example, combining a neck lift with a facelift can address the signs of aging from the midface to the shoulder. 

Whatever your rejuvenation goals are, Dr. Zinsser takes the time to understand them, then he recommends the treatments and procedures that best provide you with your desired results.

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Is A Neck Lift Right for Me?

Neck lift surgeries can help rejuvenate your appearance in many ways that other body sculpting procedures and exercises cannot. Neck tightening procedures help you rediscover the sleek outline of your jawline and chin.

Typically, good candidates for neck lift in Richmond, VA, include patients in good mental and physical health who are looking to improve the appearance of their neck.

The below list is a general overview and does not serve as a personal consultation with Dr. Zinsser to determine your candidacy. During your consultation, Dr. Zinsser will discuss your concerns, review your medical history, and consider all treatment options. If you are well-qualified for a neck lift, Dr. Zinsser will develop a procedural plan customized to achieve your aesthetic goals.

Following your neck lift, you may notice:

  • Slimmer facial profile 
  • More youthful appearance
  • Carefully placed surgical incisions
  • Tightened skin 
  • Safe, effective, and long-lasting results

Neck lift candidates should:

  • Be generally healthy
  • Do not smoke, or are willing to quit before surgery
  • Have realistic expectations for their results
  • Closely follow Dr. Zinsser’s pre- and post-operative instructions
  • Have time available to properly recover
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Zinsser Plastic Surgery provides a level of patient care that is unparalleled. We blend compassion, skill and the latest surgical techniques to create a signature experience that is unique in our field.

Dr. John Zinsser believes the keys to providing world-class results lie in a completely individualized approach to patient care. At Zinsser Plastic Surgery, you will be treated as the unique individual you are, and your treatment plan will be customized specifically for you. 

What Can I Expect During a Neck Lift Procedure?

Dr. Zinsser’s expertise allows him to customize neck lift procedures to address each patient’s unique needs. While each neck lift surgery will have varying details, here are some general steps you can expect during the procedure.

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Mini-Neck Lift with Chin Implant


When you arrive for your appointment, our team will greet you and check you in. Then, Dr. Zinsser will evaluate you, make surgical markings, and ensure you are comfortable before anesthesia.

Neck Lift Procedure

According to your procedural plan, Dr. Zinsser will create incisions that are well-concealed behind the ear, posterior hairline, or chin. Through these incisions, Dr. Zinsser will lift the neck muscles to remove excess skin and fat to redefine your jawline and chin.

Neck Lift Aftercare

Following your procedure, Dr. Zinsser may place a dressing around your head and beneath your chin. You will return to have your sutures removed between seven and 10 days afterward. You may need to wear a compression dressing for one to three weeks following your surgery. Swelling and bruising are common following this procedure, but these effects will improve with time.

Why Choose Dr. Zinsser as My Neck Lift Surgery Provider in Richmond, VA?

One of the most crucial factors in a successful plastic surgery experience is choosing the right plastic surgeon. With more than 25 years of extensive training and experience, ABPS board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Zinsser prioritizes your health, safety, and excellent results. His commitment, education, and consideration make him your choice for the best neck lift in Fredericksburg, VA. 

During your consultation, Dr. Zinsser will thoroughly answer your questions, concerns, and goals because he believes patient education is vital to patient success. At Zinsser Plastic Surgery, you will never feel pressured, but you will feel comfortable, educated, and empowered to make decisions about your body.

Dr. Zinsser’s main objective is providing exceptional, individualized patient care and helping patients gain confidence and renewed self-image through plastic surgery. At Zinsser Plastic Surgery, our goal is to help you feel comfortable in your own skin.

How Soon Will I See My Richmond Neck Lift Results?

Following your neck lift in Fredericksburg, VA, you will experience swelling and bruising. It may take several weeks to months for the swelling to resolve and for the scarring to lessen. As the swelling subsides, your results will reveal a more youthful, rested profile and appearance. 


As with any surgical procedure, follow Dr. Zinsser’s instructions regarding limitations for physical activities, cleansing, and sun exposure to ensure optimal results from the best neck lift in Richmond, VA.

What Can a Mini Neck Lift in Richmond Accomplish?

While a neck lift address significantly sagging, lax skin in the neck and under the chin to create a slimmer, more youthful-looking appearance, a mini neck lift addresses the same areas on a smaller scale. For patients in their 30s, 40s, and 50s with mildly sagging skin and some skin laxity, a mini neck lift may provide the solution. A mini neck lift is less invasive and involves fewer incisions than a traditional neck lift, meaning you’ll have a shorter procedure with a quicker recovery time.

Mini neck lifts redefine the appearance of the neck and jawline by performing liposuction to remove excess fat across the lower neck and underneath the chin. Dr. Zinsser then tightens the underlying muscular layers with sutures in the mid-line under the skin to create more youthful-looking contours. Without removing any skin, the loose skin is re-draped and allowed to adhere to the underlying layers.

With a shorter recovery time than a traditional neck lift, a mini neck lift can address the same concerns as a traditional neck lift would, including:

  • Tightens muscles and skin
  • Jawline definition
  • Reduces submental fat, or double chin
  • Eliminates jowls and excess fat in the lower face
  • Smooths wrinkles in the neck
  • Improves neck contours by correcting muscle banding

Mini neck lifts can be combined with other rejuvenating facial procedures to enhance your youthful appearance.

What Can I Expect During a Mini Neck Lift Procedure?

A mini neck lift procedure is similar to a traditional neck lift. Dr. Zinsser will customize your mini neck lift procedure to address your unique needs. Each mini neck lift will have varying details, but here are some general steps you can expect.

Mini Neck Lift Procedure

Following the check-in and anesthesia process, Dr. Zinsser will create small, well-concealed incisions in the submental crease and small wounds under the earlobes over the mastoid area for mini neck lifts. Through these incisions, Dr. Zinsser will reposition soft tissues, lift and contour the neck muscles, remove excess fat, then re-drape the skin to add definition to your jawline and chin area.

Mini Neck Lift Aftercare

Following your procedure, dressings may be placed around your head and beneath your chin. Sutures will be removed in about a week. Typically, patients should wear a compression dressing for one to two weeks following the procedure. Slight swelling, bruising, and minimal discomfort are expected with a mini neck lift in Richmond. Resting with your head elevated will help minimize these side effects. These effects will improve over the few weeks following your procedure.

When Will I See My Richmond Mini Neck Lift Results?

Following your mini neck lift, you’ll begin seeing your results as soon as your swelling begins to resolve. As your skin continues to heal, your incisions will fade, and you will be able to enjoy your slimmer, more youthful-looking appearance.

To maintain your results, you will need to continue your healthy diet and exercise regimen. You should experience the results of the best mini neck lift in Richmond for five to ten years.

Schedule Your Neck Lift Consultation Today!

Get ready to reclaim your appearance and boost your confidence with the best neck lift at Zinsser Plastic Surgery. You will love your long-lasting results from the best neck lift surgeon in the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Williamsburg areas.

Refresh your youthful profile with the best neck lift in Richmond, VA! Contact Zinsser Plastic Surgery PC at (804) 464-7615 or complete our online form to schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Zinsser today.

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Richmond, VA Neck Lift Procedures FAQs

Due to the unique nature of neck lift procedures, the total cost depends on your unique needs. Dr. Zinsser will provide an estimate for a more accurate neck lift cost in Richmond, VA during your consultation.

During your neck lift procedure, you will be under anesthesia, so you should not feel discomfort. Be sure to address your pain concerns with Dr. Zinsser during your consultation.

Typically, you should avoid any strenuous activity in the first 48 hours following your procedure. Depending upon your healing process and health, Dr. Zinsser may allow light exercise two weeks after surgery.

Compression dressings and chin straps minimize postoperative swelling and help support the tissue during healing to ensure the best result. Without these tools helping your body reabsorb the fluids, your swelling may persist longer than necessary.