Improve neck contour to reveal a more defined and youthful appearance.
Two of the most defining features of a youthful face are a well-defined jaw line and a pleasing angle where the neck and chin meet. Chin and neck fullness or a poorly defined jaw line can create the appearance of excess weight and premature ageing.
A neck lift is designed to correct excess skin and fatty tissue of the so-called ‘turkey gobbler neck.’ As well as address the platysmal bands, which run from beneath the chin to the lower neck, and poorly defined chin/neck angle and jaw line. A neck lift procedure performed by Dr John Flynn can help to:
- Reduce the “turkey neck” appearance
- Reduce wrinkles and creases
- Tighten droopy, sagging skin
- Restore a younger, firmer facial contour
At a Glance
Neck Lift Procedure
Excess fat is removed, the platysma muscles are tightened and skin tissue is elevated to a more youthful position.
Neck Lift Surgery Time
Dependent upon each individual patient and their unique situation, the surgery will generally take around 1—2 hours.
Neck Surgery Side Effects
Temporary discomfort, tightness around neck area. Prolonged swelling and bruising.
Neck Surgery Risks
Infection, bleeding or swelling at the site of surgery. Poor wound healing. Risk of blood clots.
Neck Lift Recovery
Bruising and swelling: 7—10 days. Return to normal everyday activities and work in 1—2 weeks. Avoid strenuous activity for 1—2 months.
The effects of a neck lift typically last for 5—10 years. As each patient is different, the duration of results will vary.
Two of the most defining features of a youthful face are a well-defined neck and jaw line.
What is a neck lift?
A neck lift is a cosmetic procedure that can help improve sagging skin to reveal a more appealing neckline and facial contour.
A neck lift will improve loose, sagging skin of the neck but will not help the fine crepe-paper appearance of someone with very thin skin.
|Also known as:||Neck lift, neck lift surgery, platysmaplasty, neck liposuction|
|Desired results:||Patients undergo neck lift surgery or neck liposuction to remove excess skin and fat to reveal a more youthful and define neckline.|
|Patients visit us from:||Neck lift patients travel from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and surrounding suburbs. We also see patients visiting from all over Australia.|
Neck lift procedure options
The type of technique used for a neck lift procedure depends on several factors, such as the degree of skin excess and laxity, and the presence of fatty tissue.
Traditional neck lift
The traditional neck lift incision begins in front of the ear lobe and loops under and behind the ear, ending in the scalp towards the back of the neck. An additional small incision under the chin may be made to tighten the platysma muscles.
Posterior neck lift
This technique involves a single incision inside the hairline at the back of the neck, and will depend on the degree of lifting required. This procedure is a good alternative to a full or lower facelift for patients with minimal or no jowl sagging.
Excess fat of the neck can be removed either directly or with the assistance of liposuction. Facial liposuction is a relatively minimally invasive surgical procedure. This approach is best suited to patients with excess fatty tissue and minimal excess neck skin.
A neck lift can be performed in conjunction with a facelift or as a stand-alone procedure.
How is a neck lift performed?
During a typical neck lift procedure, the platysma muscles of the neck, which weaken and separate with age, are tightened and sewn back together in the centre. In some cases the surgeon may choose to remove a small part of the muscle to further reduce the appearance of skin laxity and neck banding. Tissue and skin can also be elevated to a more youthful position during the procedure.
A small amount of skin trimming is performed as needed and the incisions are closed, followed by a support bandage.
Neck lift recovery time
Bruising and swelling are a part of any surgical procedure. Swelling and bruising should typically subside in 7—10 days, after which most patients can return to normal everyday activities.
Neck lift results
Final results can take several months to become evident. It is important to understand, neck lift surgery is a very individualised procedure and results may vary.
What is the cost of a neck lift?
A neck lift at Cosmedic & Skin Clinic on the Gold Coast starts from $8250. The cost for neck lift surgery may vary, based on each patients individual requirements and desired outcome. An initial consultation with Dr John Flynn will help to provide an exact cost.
Neck Lift Surgery on the Gold Coast
Neck Lift FAQs
This surgery is essentially the lower section of a facelift and can be useful in someone who has aging of the neck that is out of proportion to the rest of the face. It is also useful when a person does not desire to go through the more extensive surgery that is involved with a more complete facelift.
You are likely to be uncomfortable for several days to a week. Any post-operative pain is usually easily controlled with medication and this is also organised for when you go home.
All medical procedures carry some risks as well as potential benefits. There are general surgical risks such as bruising, bleeding, blood clots, and infection involved with a neck lift.
Bruising and swelling is common and will resolve in a matter of days. Bleeding at the time of operation is well controlled but can occur after, and may collect as a haematoma. If a haematoma is large enough it may need to be drained.
Poor wound healing and scars that are too obvious are troublesome, but uncommon. There are treatments available to help to manage these problems.
Although extremely uncommon, injury to nerves may cause abnormal movement patterns and infection can become serious if not treated immediately. All patients are treated with antibiotics to help prevent infection. Severe infections may cause skin necrosis and loss of tissue, which will need to be repaired.
General anaesthetics are a safe procedure but they too carry potential risks, including blood clots, lung problems and even death.
Despite the risks, when performed by an experienced practitioner, a neck lift is a very safe procedure and has a high level of patient satisfaction.