At a Glance
One of the first places that will show signs of ageing is the neck. The skin begins to lose elasticity, causing the jowls to droop. This can also occur as a result of massive weight loss. This can often cause people to appear older than they actually are, and begin to dislike their appearance. Fortunately, a neck lift can help to restore your youthful appearance.
Factors such as massive weight loss or simply naturally ageing can cause the neck and jaw to change appearance and lose skin elasticity. This can cause you to have excess skin on the neck, or feel as if your neck is too thick or heavy.
A neck lift aims to reshape your neck and jaw, removing any drooping, sagging skin and making you appear younger.
If you are wishing to have a full facial rejuvenation, you may also wish to undertake other surgeries at the same time as a neck lift, including FaceTite, facelift, brow lift, blepharoplasty or cheek augmentation.
You will be a suitable candidate for a neck lift if you:
- Have excess or saggy skin on the neck or jawline which you are wanting to remove
- Dislike the appearance of your neck and are wishing to improve it
- Have reasonable expectations about what the neck lift can achieve
If you have excess fat in the neck that you wish to remove, you may be a better candidate for neck liposuction. This is generally a better option for younger patients who have good skin elasticity. A neck lift will be able to remove the excess skin but will not remove excess fat. If necessary, a neck lift can be combined with liposuction to remove excess fat and excess skin.
Prior to undergoing a neck lift, you will attend a consultation with one of our surgeons, who will determine your eligibility for a neck lift, or whether you are better suited for neck liposuction.
The procedure will be performed under a local anaesthetic, so you will be awake throughout the procedure.
There are numerous methods for performing a neck lift. There is the traditional method, as well as a method known as Necktite.
Traditional neck lift
A neck lift will involve the surgeon making numerous incisions below the chin and behind the ears. The muscles on the neck will then be tightened. Excess skin will be removed and if elected, liposuction will occur to remove any excess fat. This will leave you with a tighter, more contoured neck and jawline.
Necktite involves the use of radiofrequency technology which works to tighten the skin of the target area; in this case, the neck.
Small incisions will be made on the centre of the jaw and either side of the jaw. This allows for the handpiece to be inserted under the chin. Heat energy is then emitted, causing the skin to tighten.
The contraction of the skin will be visible immediately after surgery, however, this will gradually continue to improve over the next 18 months.
This procedure will take around 1.5 hours to complete.
You will be able to return home on the same day as the procedure was completed.
You will experience some minor pain, discomfort, bruising and swelling, which should settle within a few days. You will be given medication which will help to alleviate any symptoms. You may also wish to apply an ice pack to the neck to help reduce swelling. During this period you may wish to ensure you have another responsible adult to keep you company, as you may experience difficulty moving around.
You will need to wear a compression garment, which will help to reduce swelling and keep the neck in shape. This will need to be worn day and night for one week.
You may need to take up to two weeks off work.
You will have to avoid any physical activity for four to six weeks.
The recovery period will be longer if you have combined a neck lift with liposuction or other facial procedures.
What is a neck lift?A neck lift is a procedure which will tighten the muscles and skin on the neck and jawline and remove any excess skin.
Should I have a neck lift or neck liposuction?This will vary depending on the appearance of your neck and your ideal outcome.
A neck lift is more suitable for older patients who have excess skin which they are wishing to have removed and tightened. Neck liposuction is suitable for those who are wishing to remove excess fat and is more suitable for those who are younger as they have better skin elasticity.
If necessary, the two can be combined and performed in the one procedure to remove both excess skin and excess fat.
What will the recovery period be like?You will experience some minor bruising and swelling. This will last a few days. You may wish to take pain medication to help with any symptoms.
Will I need to stay overnight?You will be able to return home the same day as the procedure once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
Will I have to wear a compression garment?You will have to wear a compression garment for the first week at both day and night. This will help to reduce any swelling and keep your neck in the best shape.
Will I have scars?As the procedure involves incisions, you will have scars. However, these incisions will take place below the chin and behind the ears. They will be very small scars and will be minimally noticeable. The scars will appear more prominent following surgery, but with time will fade in colour and size and will not be as noticeable.
When can I go back to work?You may need to take up to two weeks off work. This will vary depending on your recovery period if you had a combination of procedures and what type of work you do.
When can I start exercising again?You should avoid any strenuous exercise for four to six weeks.