Neck Lift

A neck lift or platysmaplasty is a cosmetic procedure aimed at improving the appearance of the neck. It involves the removal of excess skin and sometimes the tightening of the underlying muscle to smooth out wrinkles, folds and jowls. 

If the neck has a degree of fat, then a neck lift may require a combined procedure with liposuction or micro liposuction to the neck. 

If you think you may need a combination of a necklift and liposuction you have come to the right place. Our Expert plastic surgeons have decades of experience in necklifts or a combination neck or chin lipo procedure.

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Neck Lift - Key Information

Procedure length

45m to 75m

Anaesthesia

General anaesthesia or sedation

Hospital stay

Day care

Up & mobile

Same day

Sleeping position

On your back for around 2 weeks

Driving

1 week

Sexual activity

1 week

Back to work

1 week

Exercise

2 to 3 weeks

What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that improves the appearance of the neck. It involves the removal of excess skin and sometimes the tightening of the underlying muscle to smooth out wrinkles and folds. It is one of the most effective wrinkled neck treatments. An extended necklift removes deeper layers of the skin to reduce sagging and restore more youthful look to the neck. 

Why do I need a neck lift?

If you are unhappy with your neck, a neck lift can help improve the sag or bulky skin look. A sagging or droopy neck can be caused by many factors: smoking, weight loss and weight gain, sun damage, gravity and the ageing process. Losing fat could be a cause of neck sagging, and it can leave skin looser over time, making the neck look less firm. A neck lift will remove excess skin on the neck and tighten underlying muscles to restore a more youthful look.

 


What does a neck lift involve?

A neck lift is a short surgery that can last between one and two hours. If it is part of a facelift procedure it may take longer. The skin on your neck and jawline is lifted and tightened. At the end of a neck lift, you should have a smoother, firmer-looking neck and jawline. It is an effective treatment for wrinkly neck. 

A complete neck lift involves lifting deeper skin and fat layers and closing the incisions with stitches. In a mini lift, only the upper layers of skin are removed, and there's no muscle work. The mini procedure has about a two-week recovery period.

Our plastic surgeon makes a small incision under your chin and behind your ears to access a neck muscle called the platysma. They will make adjustments to the muscle before tightening the skin across the whole neck area. If there is excess fat on your neck, then liposuction may be required to remove the fat. Our plastic surgeon will discuss this in your consultation after looking at your neck.

Most people return to work within a few days, and they can resume strenuous exercise after one month. If you are having a combined necklift and facelift, then the recovery time is longer. 

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Which areas of my face can be treated with a neck lift?

A neck lift tightens loose skin and remove excess fat from your chin, jawline, and the lower part of the face. The procedure also improves wrinkles on the neck. 

What are the benefits of a neck lift?

A neck lift tightens the underlying muscle to improve the appearance of lax skin on your face and neck, reducing sagging jowls, drooping skin around the chin and jawline, and wrinkles. It also restores firmness to the lower half of your face by reducing sagging fat below your chin and removing deep wrinkles. Most of our patients tell us how delighted they are and that they look more refreshed, younger and it even gives them an overall slimmer appearance.

How long will the neck lift last?

A neck lift can last for many years; however, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle including a healthy diet and exercise. 

How does a neck lift procedure work?

The surgeon completes the surgery under sedation and local anaesthesia. More complex operations might require general anaesthesia. A neck lift improves your face by tightening the deep muscle and skin layers. The procedure can last one or more hours, and the total time depends on how much skin the surgeon removes and how much muscle they need to tighten. An extended lift goes further by removing deeper layers of the skin to reduce sagging and restore more youthful contours.

During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision behind your ears and under the chin to access the deep muscles of the neck. They will tighten these muscles, remove excess skin, and close the incisions with sutures. The scarring should be minimal, it is in the hair line.

Your Journey with Kensington Medical

We offer specialist facial rejuvenation treatments in the heart of London. Our team of expert plastic surgeons is dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive and personalised experience. With our expertise in facial cosmetic surgery, we can help you fight back the years and delicately recover your facial freshness and youthful appearance.

Your journey begins with a dialogue between you and your surgeon: the pre-operative consultation, which is central to the operation's success. At Kensington Medical, patients interested in surgery undergo several consultations with the surgeon. We are keen for our patients to be fully informed before deciding whether to proceed with surgery. So, we encourage them to see the surgeon more than once and ask as many questions as they wish. Typically, our patients go through two pre-operative consultations.

The first consultation tends to be face-to-face. During it, the surgeon will:

  • Listen to your concerns and understand what you would like to achieve;
  • Examine you;
  • Show you examples of their work in the form of before-and-after photographs;
  • Suggest a treatment plan.

Following the first consultation, we will:

  • Write to you summarising the surgeon’s recommendations;
  • Quote for the treatment plan suggested by the surgeon;
  • Send you extensive information about the procedure, the risks involved and the precautions you should take pre- and post-operatively.

A second consultation is often necessary for the following reasons:

  • After the first pre-operative consultation, and once you have been through the information sent to you, it is likely that you will have more questions for the surgeon.
  • The surgeon often finds it necessary to speak to patients again to ensure they have fully understood the risks of surgery and they know exactly what to expect from surgery.
  • It is common that several treatment options are discussed at the first consultation, and another meeting is necessary to decide which is the most appropriate.

The second consultation can also be face-to-face. Alternatively, it can be via a video call.

Following your consultations, our medical team is always available should you have further questions before your surgery.

Once you have decided to go ahead with surgery, we will book your operation in one of our specialist cosmetic surgery hospitals.

Before your operation, you will be sent a health questionnaire. This will be reviewed by your anaesthetist, who may call you to discuss specific aspects of your medical history. In certain cases, you may be required to attend the clinic for blood tests. This will be discussed with you by one of our medical team members before your scheduled appointment date.

We will also issue you with preoperative instructions. In particular:

  • You should discontinue smoking for several weeks before your facelift, as smoking can increase the risk of complications during the healing process.
  • You should refrain from taking blood-thinning drugs (such as aspirin) for ten days before your procedure.
  • You should not eat six hours before surgery; you should not drink two hours before surgery.

You will arrive at least one hour before the time of your procedure. The nursing staff at the hospital will monitor your blood pressure and other relevant essentials. You will then meet your anaesthetist and surgeon for a final markup.

The actual operation involves carefully sculpting and repositioning underlying tissue and fat within the face to create a more youthful contour around the eyes, chin, neckline, and jawline area. The result is smoother skin texture while preserving natural facial expressions throughout different movements. The incisions are then closed using sutures. This will leave small scars hidden along areas such as the hairline or scalp, which can fade over time depending on how well they are cared for.

We typically perform this procedure under general anaesthesia. It lasts 2.5h to 3.5h.

Aftercare following a facelift is essential to ensure we achieve optimal results.

Following your surgery, you will be transferred to the hospital’s recovery room, where the nursing staff will ensure that your recovery is smooth. You should stay there for two to four hours, depending on the surgery. Once the nursing team are happy that you are in a fit state to go home, you will leave the hospital accompanied by a friend or a family member. You should also arrange for someone to stay with you overnight for the first night following your operation. Generally, post-operative pain is minimal, but you will be given pain killers in case you need them.

Once you have been discharged from the hospital, our nursing team will be available 24/7 to ensure your post-operative journey is comfortable and pain-free and to field any questions you may have.

Your surgeon will see you a number of times in the weeks following your operation to monitor the facial skin and scars and to support you:

  • The next day, the surgeon will remove the drains and check the wounds and dressings.
  • One week post-operatively, there will be another consultation and depending on your healing progress, the surgeon may decide to remove sutures then.
  • You will see the surgeon again two weeks post-operatively, at which stage all remaining sutures will be removed and your progress monitored.
  • The last post-operative consultation is at six weeks. Generally, you will be discharged from the surgeon's care at that stage.

Bruising and swelling can last up to one month following this surgery.

Our medical team will provide detailed aftercare instructions based on your current health status and treatment received, including when it is appropriate for you to resume normal activities such as exercise, wearing makeup, and strenuous movements. It is essential to follow these instructions carefully to avoid complications or risks associated with the procedure.

Protecting your face from sun exposure is especially important, as it can cause scarring, discolouration, and other unwanted side effects. Wear sunscreen when outdoors and use hats or umbrellas if possible. It would be best to avoid strenuous activities involving facial movements, such as exercise and sports, until cleared by our medical team at Kensington Medical.

By following the instructions of our medical team and taking precautions to protect your face, you can ensure that you achieve the best results from facelift surgery. Following a healthy lifestyle with sufficient rest, nutrition, and hydration is essential for healing and maintaining long-term effects. It is strongly recommended to avoid smoking and alcohol consumption before and during the recovery period.

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What other procedures do you perform that complete the neck lift service?

At your consultation, our plastic surgeon will discuss any other areas that you may be interested in. If you have excess fat deposits, the surgeon can remove the fat while performing the neck lift. 
A neck lift with a facelift, lateral brow lift, and eyelid surgery can be achieved in one operation. It is best to discuss what you are hoping to achieve with your cosmetic surgeon. 

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Frequently asked questions

Recovery time for a neck lift depends on the type of procedure. Most people can return to work and resume strenuous exercise within a few days. Your surgeon will advise you to avoid strenuous activity, such as running, for about six weeks after the procedure. You may experience swelling and minor bruising in your neck during recovery, and this result is typical.



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As with all surgeries, a neck lift poses certain risks. Excessive bleeding and infection are rare complications of a neck lift. A neck lift can also cause facial numbness that will resolve with time.

A neck lift leaves minimal scarring. The procedure is designed to be placed behind the ears and a small incision under the chin which cannot be seen,  scars will fade with time.

Most people will see neck lift results immediately after the swelling and bruising ease, but it takes a few months for your skin to settle down and achieve a natural look. The results are permanent, provided you maintain a healthy lifestyle.



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The price of a neck lift varies depending on factors such as fat removal or liposuction to the neck or just a neck lift tightening procedure. This will be discussed with your plastic surgeon in consultation. It may also depend on whether you are looking to combine other procedures with your neck lift, such as a facelift or eyelift.

A neck lift price starts from £7,650. It is a highly successful procedure and can help with turkey neck, fatty neck, double chin or related sagging jowls. It is often combined with other procedures such as liposuction to the neck and facelift. Our expert facial cosmetic surgeons will give you comprehensive advice on the best options for you. 

Deciding when to have a neck lift is an exciting decision. Our patients report that they feel more confident and choosing clothes and even a hairstyle becomes so much easier. If you have a date or exciting event in mind or are working toward a special holiday we will guide you in preparing for it.

Your surgeon will advise you to stop smoking at least two weeks before the treatment. You must also avoid taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs for up to 24 hours before the procedure. Our medical team may require you to take some tests before the operation. Your surgeon will provide you with a complete list of necessary pre-procedure steps.

You will need to prepare for recovery and take some time off work. Our aftercare will provide full instruction so that you feel comfortable. 

Your surgeon will provide you with the follow-up information required for this treatment. A follow up appointment will be booked before surgery. At these appointments you will discuss your recovery.

At Kensington Medical, all our expert plastic surgeons are based, and were educated, in the United Kingdom. They are GMC registered and are on the Specialist Register to practise plastic surgery.

The role of the GMC (General Medical Council) is to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK. It is responsible for 

  • Deciding which doctors are qualified to work in the UK
  • Overseeing UK medical education and training
  • Setting the standards that doctors need to follow
  • Taking action to prevent a doctor from putting patients' safety at risk.

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The next step to a refreshed you

A neck lift cosmetic surgery procedure at Kensington Medical starts first with a consultation with your plastic surgeon. You will discuss the best necklift options areas to rejuvenate your neck.

Your plastic surgeon will cover all the information which will include a discussion about your facial structure, skin laxity, possible fat removal to the neck and whether neck micro liposuction is required and other factors. We will show you necklift before and after photos of past patients and time lines can be discussed,along with recovery and necklift results. Your plastic surgeon will develop a customised plan to help you accomplish what you want to achieve.

Find out more in your personal consultation. A necklift is a highly successful procedure and at Kensington Medical our plastic surgeons have many decades of experience. Consultations can be arranged in our Harley street, London or Wimbledon location.

Medically reviewed by Mr David Gateley MA, FRCS, FRCS (Plast), GMC number 2939470 on 16 August 2023.