A Necklift is typically incorporated as a facet of facelift surgery. Necklift surgery can be undertaken separately in cases where patients have noticed unwanted sagging around the neck and jawline. The result is more impressive when combined with a facelift. A necklift alone is better in younger patients who have not yet encountered the facial wrinkling what would otherwise encourage the selection of a complete facelift. Under chin surgery can also be a means of removing excess fat or skin that is present as result of body shape and lifestyle choices, not just age. Liposuction is also often incorporated alongside treatment.

Who is eligible?

As treatment is an incredibly safe and minor form of treatment, almost any patient experiencing concern regarding the aesthetic appearance of their neck is a viable candidate for necklift surgery. However, patients using this service as a means of fighting the signs of aging should note the temporary, preventative nature of a necklift. It is likely that these concerns, apparent on the neck, will extend to the face by the time surgical maintenance is required. In these cases it can be better for patients to opt for a complete facelift in order to enjoy the complete effects of surgery.

What does it involve?

In most cases, necklift surgery involves the simple tightening of neck muscles and the reduction of excess skin. Occasionally the process will also include the reduction of fat deposits residing around the neck and my even include liposuction under the chin.

The necklift process

On average, a neck lift can take between one and two hours, although this can change depending on the extent of under chin surgery required. Necklift surgery requiring only the repositioning and tightening of skin can take even less time.

Before the procedure, the patient is anaesthetised, following which incisions are made around the ears and occasionally under the chin. Skin is then separated from muscle and other bodily tissues in order to allow it to be ‘redraped’ in its new position. Should it be necessary, excess skin removal and liposuction will take place before the incisions are closed and surgery is completed.

Before and After Care

Bruising and swelling should be expected following treatment and can take in excess of a month to heal. Fortunately, signs of treatment visible to the public eye can be expected to retreat in one to two weeks should postoperative care be performed appropriately.

Any activity involving excessive movement of the neck should be avoided for at least a week after surgery, although it is still important not to spend time lying in bed as this discourages blood circulation that would otherwise enhance the healing process.

It is also important to keep the incision sites clean and pay attention to any changes that occur to minimise the risk of infection. While these scars can take some time to mature, Dr. Gilbert prides himself on his ability to ensure these marks are very well hidden. He is also likely to give specific scar treatment information to each patient on an individual basis.

Following necklift surgery, patients should only require one to two weeks away from work and every day activity. It is important to avoid strenuous physical exercise for at least a month, and to consult with a healthcare professional before engaging in such activity.