Can I have a necklift?

Centre for Surgery is a recognised leader in the latest necklift techniques. A necklift is also known as a cervicoplasty or platysmaplasty. One of the definitive features of the ageing process is the increasing looseness of skin in the neck. While it is an unfortunate reality that with age comes loose and sagging skin in this area, there is a surgical solution called a necklift (cervicoplasty/platsymaplasty) that can reverse the ageing effects by pulling the skin tightly together and creating a youthful appearance and a slim neck contour.

For women who feel concerned about looking older because of loose skin around the neck, a necklift at Centre for Surgery is a very effective surgical solution.  A necklift is also a minimally invasive technique that can often be performed with local anaesthesia and IV sedation. Occasionally, it may not only be older women but simply women with naturally weak neck muscles who wish to have this surgery in order to improve the contour of their neck. The necklift surgeon usually places incisions behind the ears or under the chin, giving access to remove excess tissue without causing scarring. It is vitally important to that to create the correct angle of pull to tighten the muscles, the incision is placed behind the ear. Many surgeons make the mistake of trying to take shortcuts and place incisions only in front of the ear.

At Centre for Surgery, the necklift procedure is also often performed in combination with brow lift, cheek augmentation, and facelifts in order to create a comprehensive transformation of the face for improved facial aesthetics. While necklifts are very effective at removing sagging, excess skin, they are not an appropriate solution for removing large amounts of fat around the neck and chin. If you would like to remove fat rather than skin, neck liposuction in this area would be a more effective solution. Centre for Surgery employs the revolutionary Lipomatic technique for performing neck liposuction. See the video below to see a neck liposuction procedure in action. Neck liposuction is often combined with a traditional necklift for even more dramatic results.

Who is a good candidate for a necklift?


An ideal candidate for necklift can be both men and women over the age of 18 but is most common among people between the ages of 30-70. You must have a good health overall and must have good skin elasticity on the jowls, neck and face. A good bone structure can also contribute to a better result so it is preferred but not required.

You may be refused by our surgeons if you are a heavy smoker and you do not wish to quit a few weeks prior to the surgery as advised. And most importantly you must have realistic expectations of what you will be able to achieve after a necklift surgery.

What can you expect from a necklift?


A necklift can effectively get rid of fat and tighten loose skin that accumulates on the neck with age, as well as help achieve a defined jawline. Although the procedure does not improve the quality of the skin, nevertheless, the patient will still be able to achieve a youthful appearance overall along with an impression of weight-loss. The procedure also addresses various other problem areas such as Turkey neck and retrognathia.

At Centre for Surgery, necklifts are simple and safe procedures to perform. Incisions will be made under the chin or behind the ears or in both areas. These incisions give the surgeon the access which is required to remove excess tissue and skin without causing scarring in visible places. The remaining skin is then fixed together using absorbable sutures, and the whole procedure should take around 2-3 hours to complete. Patients will be able to go home 1 hour after the procedure is completed.

What is the recovery period like?


The first 24 hours following your surgery, we recommend you to have a family member or friend stay with you as it will be difficult for you to move around. You will need to rest for the first few days and then you may go back to your normal routine. However, strenuous activity should be avoided for a few weeks to allow your body to heal. Expect some bruising and swelling for the first few days following the surgery and it is absolutely normal. The surgeon may prescribe pain medications to help you with any discomfort.

The recovery period will be longer if necklift is combined with other procedures such as neck liposuction or facelift.

Following the necklift procedure, the surgeon will make incisions behind your ears or under your chin so that they are not visible. You will have scars, but they will be hidden in discreet places so that they are hardly noticeable to the public eye.

Should I get a necklift or neck liposuction?


A necklift is a more appropriate solution for patients who are concerned about the ageing effect of loose and sagging skin on the neck. It is preferred for older patients with small amounts of fat in the neck region.

Neck liposuction is a better solution for patients who wish to remove excess fat around the neck and chin and do not have excess loose skin – it generally is better suited to younger patients with good skin elasticity.

However, both necklift and neck liposuction come as a complementary package if desired by the patient to achieve the best results, keeping in mind the recovery period will be longer compared to having only one procedure.



Interested in a neck lift or neck liposuction? Centre for Surgery offers both procedures. Contact us today to find out more.

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