Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
The neck and jaw can begin to change appearance as the skin loses elasticity when we naturally age, or after massive weight loss. 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 a facelift, brow lift, blepharoplasty or cheek augmentation.
You will be a suitable candidate for a neck lift if you:
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.
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.
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.
A neck lift is a procedure which will tighten the muscles and skin on the neck and jawline and remove any excess skin.
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.
You will be able to return home the same day as the procedure once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
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.
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.
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.
You should avoid any strenuous exercise for four to six weeks.