Face Surgery

Neck Lift Melbourne

What is a Neck Lift?

While the neck and face contribute to your overall facial appearance, the neck is often neglected in preventative maintenance. Skin laxity, puffiness, and lines all result from the effects of day-to-day living as the skin and its underlying structures break down under the pressures of gravity, sun damage, and stress.

At Niche Plastic Surgery, our specialist plastic surgeons provide customised care for cosmetic facial and neck surgery.

Neck Lift Outcomes

A neck lift, also known as a lower rhytidectomy or platysmaplasty, addresses skin laxity, and excess fat that develop around the neck and jawline. These changes result from the natural breakdown of your skin’s structure, the effects of gravity, weight fluctuations, sun damage, and other factors. The effects on your neck can take any number of forms including:

  • Skin laxity on the neck
  • Jowls, or excess fat in the lower portion of the face
  • Excess fat under the chin

A neck lift procedure can target one or more of these areas, depending on your physical makeup and personal preferences. The procedure can involve removing excess fat and skin around the neck and tightening the underlying muscles.

Types of Neck Lift Procedures

Neck lift procedures vary in technique, method and results. For these reasons, you must ensure the surgeon you choose has the training and experience necessary to deliver quality results. The doctors at Niche Plastic Surgery are all specialist plastic surgeons who provide a customised treatment experience that addresses your personal goals and desired outcome.

Neck lifts can be done as a single procedure or in combination with other facial procedures. A one-on-one consultation with one of our specialist plastic surgeons will allow you to get more information on the range of surgical options. Here is a sample of the types of neck lift procedures we offer:

  • Short Scar Mini Neck lift
  • Deep Plane Neck Lift

Deep Plane Neck Lift

A deep plane neck lift can address all the areas impacted by skin laxity and weight changes. The result works to create a well-defined jawline and smoothing of the skin and underlying soft tissues of the neck. The deep plane neck lift encompasses three components:

  • Removing and re-draping sagging skin to create a more contoured appearance
  • Tightening the muscles underneath the skin to eliminate signs of banding, which are sharp vertical lines along the neck
  • Removing excess fat from the neck as well as from underneath the chin

Short Scar Mini Neck Lift

A short scar neck lift procedure is designed to remove fatty tissue and tighten or remove excess skin. It has a shorter scar and requires a shorter operation time than a deep plane neck lift.

What’s Involved with a Neck Lift Procedure?

A neck lift procedure can last up to 5 hours depending on the targeted areas, requiring a general anaesthetic. The incisions will vary depending on the planned surgery but could involve a scar under the chin and in front of and behind the ears. From there, the surgeon can perform liposuction, tighten slack muscles, and address other target areas. Once completed, sutures are used to close up the incisions and any excess skin will be pulled taut or removed.

What are the Risks Involved with Neck Lift Surgery?

Here are some of the risks & possible complications associated with neck lift surgery:

  • Scarring: Visible scars that can be hidden within the lines of the ear.
  • Haematoma: Blood collection under the skin requiring drainage.
  • Nerve Injury: Damage to the nerves controlling lower lip muscles, causing weakness or asymmetry.
  • Skin Irregularities: Skin contour irregularities or discolouration.
  • Infection: Infection at the incision site.
  • Anaesthesia Risks: Complications related to anaesthesia.

What Can I Expect from My Recovery?

As with any other form of invasive surgery, the body requires rest and time to heal, so expect at least two weeks of downtime. This means bed rest for the first few days along with prescription pain medications to relieve any discomfort. Upon returning to work, you will need to avoid strenuous activity and abstain from exercise and heavy lifting for at least three more weeks. Your surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments throughout your recovery period to ensure all is going as expected.

Call us to Discuss Your Neck Lift Options

Scheduling a one-on-one consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon is the best way to find out if neck lift surgery is right for you. If you need more information or wish to schedule a consultation with one of our FRACS qualified surgeons, call Niche Plastic Surgery on 9853 9705.

Neck Lift FAQs

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy or platysmaplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck. This surgery can address issues like loose skin, excess fat, and abnormal contours by removing skin, tightening underlying muscles, and reshaping the neck to a more smooth contour.

What different types of neck lift procedures are available?

Neck lift procedures can vary depending on the extent of change desired and specific issues addressed. Options at Niche Plastic Surgery include the deep plane neck lift and the short scar mini-neck lift. Procedures can also be combined with chin implants or other facial surgeries for more comprehensive enhancements.

What should I expect during the recovery period after a neck lift?

Recovery after a neck lift involves some downtime, generally requiring two weeks off work and normal activities. Initial rest is crucial, followed by a gradual return to daily activities. Discomfort, swelling, and bruising are common but manageable with prescribed medications. Follow-up visits are essential to monitor healing.

Who is an ideal candidate for a neck lift?

Ideal candidates for a neck lift are individuals who wish to correct age-related changes to the neck and jawline, are in good general health, and have realistic expectations about the results. It’s also important for candidates to be non-smokers or willing to quit smoking well in advance of the surgery to facilitate better healing.