Neck Lift

A neck lift is a surgical procedure to improve the visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck.

A neck lift can treat the excess fatty deposit under the neck and improve the jowl lines, address the loose skin and the muscle banding in the neck.

Who is a suitable candidate?

Healthy individuals with no major medical conditions and a realistic expectation are suitable candidates.

You may not be ready for a full facelift because the upper face is still pleasing. However, many patients will note excess wrinkling of the neck skin, a double chin or “turkey wattle” and jowl lines. A neck lift can address these issues.

What happens before surgery?

You will be asked to stop certain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen or herbal medicines that might increase the risk of bleeding during or after surgery.

If you are a smoker, you will be advised to stop smoking at least two weeks before and a similar length after surgery to reduce the chances of wound healing issues.

What does the surgery involve and how long it takes?

A neck lift is carried out under general anaesthetic and usually takes around 2 hours. The procedure can be carried out through the same incision used for the facelift. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the jowls and neck. The tissue underlying the neck skin is repositioned, and commonly the platysma muscle is tightened. Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. A separate incision under the chin is often necessary for liposuction of this area and for repair of the muscle. The incisions are stitched back together. You will have a light bandage around your face and a small drain on each side.

What happens after surgery?

After a restful night in the hospital, you will have your bandage and drains removed in the morning and provided with simple analgesia before going home. Expect some numbness, bruising and swelling around the neck and lower face area, which will settle over the following weeks after surgery.

In the first 48 hours, the swelling will get worse before improving over the following weeks. You will be seen 10 days after the procedure to have the sutures removed and 3 months after surgery to assess the outcome and your satisfaction.

You can return to work 2-3 weeks after surgery but avoid heavy lifting, bending and exercise up to 4-6 weeks.

What are the risks and complications?

Significant and major Complication rates are very low in neck lift surgery but the following could occur:

Bleeding (haematoma): occasionally small blood vessels may open up under the skin soon after surgery (same day) and a return to theatre is required to release the incision and washout the collection. This will not impact he overall neck lift results.

Infection: wound infection rates are very low in facial and neck surgery. Routine antibiotics are not required after facial/ neck surgery. Occasionally, antibiotics are required to treat an infection.

Hair loss: this is uncommon; it does occur around the incision lines where scar forms but the surrounding hair follicles are not impacted.

Numbness and nerve damage: expect some “fuzziness” or numbness around the neck, which will settle over time. Major nerve damage to the facial muscles is very rare during neck lift surgery.

  • Summary
  • Operation time 2 hours
  • Anaesthetic General Anaesthetic
  • Nights in hospital 1
  • Time off work 2-3 weeks
  • Return to exercise 4-6 weeks


If you have a question regarding a procedure or would like to find out if you are a suitable candidate, please feel free to get in touch.