Over time, the elasticity of the neck and facial tissues depletes and the platysma muscle of the neck weakens. When these structures begin to sag, it can lead to a flabby appearance known as a turkey neck. The rate of tissue laxity development is dependent on genetics, gravity, lifestyle choices, nutritional intake, sun exposure and environmental factors.
Benefits of a Neck Lift
Smooths Vertical Banding
A thick, drooping platysma muscle can cause vertical banding to develop on the front of the neck. These bands can significantly age your appearance, and some patients find them unsightly. Neck lift surgery uses an incision behind the earlobe to gain access to the platysma muscle. The muscle is then pulled tight and held in place with sutures. Dr McManamny’s suturing technique provides long-term support to the platysma muscle for continuously beautiful results.
Eliminates Unwanted Skins
Excess skin accumulation along the neck can be the result of sagging due to ageing or weight loss. This unwanted skin may prevent you from having a slim, contoured or graceful neck appearance. During neck lift surgery, unwanted skin that obscures the attractive lines of your neck is trimmed away. The remaining tissue is positioned so it highlights the new contour of the platysma muscle. Dr McManamny’s neck lift technique ensure the most precise skin reduction to achieve completely natural results.
Removes Excess Fat
Fat along the neck can detract from the attractive definition of the jawline and neck. Fatty tissue can also contribute to a rounder facial appearance and an obscured jawline. Patients that wish to enhance their jawline may choose to use liposuction on the excess fat along their neck. Liposuction uses gentle suction to customize the removal of fat, creating a more defined neck appearance.
Improves Overall Facial Appearance
A neck lift can be performed as a stand-alone procedure for patients with good skin elasticity in the face. However, many patients with a drooping neck appearance also have sagging of their face. A neck lift may be combined with a facelift to achieve an overall improved facial appearance. Patients with extensive facial ageing around the eyes and brow may also consider combining an eyelid lift or brow lift with their neck lift.
Addressing Your Concerns
Dr McManamny often recommends that all of his facial rejuvenation patients stay in hospital overnight for monitoring and for the administration of pain medication. You will experience some bruising and swelling that can typically be soothed using ice packs. You will be required to rest with your head elevated for one week following your surgery to minimise swelling. Every patient responds uniquely to surgery and recovers a bit differently, so expect some variation.
Many patients return to work within two weeks of their surgery, but this can vary. You will typically be required to limit your physical activities for several weeks, but most patients can resume their regular routine after four weeks. For the majority of patients, most major swelling subsides after six weeks, at which time your final results will become visible.
Every patient responds differently but all surgery will leave a scar. Dr McManamny uses fine incisions placed discreetly behind the earlobes and precise suturing techniques to minimise scar development. However, scar development depends on the patient’s individual response to surgery and their healing processes and recovery experiences. The extent of your incisions can also affect scar development. For many patients, most scarring that develops is likely to fade over time, but this can vary, and some patients are prone to more visible scars.
The cost of neck lift surgery is highly variable and will differ between patients. Hospital fees, anaesthetic fees, and the extent of correction will all affect the ultimate cost of your procedure. The exact cost of your neck lift procedure will be determined after a detailed consultation.
Neck lift surgery is performed with the patient under general anaesthetic. The first few days may be accompanied by some discomfort, tenderness or pain. For the majority of patients, associated pain can be managed using prescribed or over-the-counter oral medication.
Before & Afters
Frequently Asked Questions About Neck Lift
Who is the ideal neck lift candidate?
Good neck lift candidates are in good general health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations. Patients considering neck lift surgery usually have visible signs of ageing in the neck area, including tissue sagging, vertical banding, and wrinkles.
How I old should I be before undergoing a neck lift procedure?
Typically, patients begin to see signs of ageing in the neck around 40 to 45 years of age. However, ageing and tissue sagging occurs at different rates for everyone. Therefore, you don’t have to be a certain age to consider facial rejuvenation.
How long will my results last?
Neck lift surgery is designed to provide a long-lasting improvement in your neck appearance, but it does not stop the ageing process and your skin will continue to age over time. The majority of patients receive results that last them for many years. However, genetics and other factors such as environmental exposures, sun exposure, smoking, weight changes, illnesses or medication side effects can shorten the life of your neck lift results.
How can I prolong the life of my facelift or neck lift results?
It's important to understand that your skin will still continue to age. Many patients also choose to utilise non-surgical laser treatments following their neck lift to extend the life of their procedure. Living a healthy lifestyle and never smoking will also help maintain your results.
Are there any RISKS to having necklift surgery?
Yes, any surgical or invasive procedure carries RISKS and RESULTS can vary significantly from patient to patient. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner such as a FRACS qualified Plastic Surgeon recognised by AHPRA or similarly qualified facelift expert. Please be sure you review ALL materials provided to you about your surgery risks and ask questions or voice any concerns BEFORE proceeding, and never have a facelift or necklift to please someone else. It is also imperative you DO NOT SMOKE and that you follow your Surgeon's pre-op and post-op instructions. Please also be aware that surgery experiences, recovery time frames, results, incision line placement and scars can vary significantly from patient to patient. For a general overview, review the plastic surgery risks page.