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Due to this, many people feel that loose skin around the neck makes them look older than their actual age. A neck lift can be an ideal solution to these common concerns. This surgical procedure is designed to lift and tighten the skin around the neck in order to reduce lines and wrinkles and restore a youthful appearance. In addition, it is often combined with a facelift to produce the best rejuvenation results.

What is a Neck Lift?

Age-related issues around the neck are common for both men and women. The skin gradually loses collagen and elastin, fibres that keep the skin firm and flexible. A neck lift addresses this by surgically removing loose, excess skin. As the name suggests, the procedure lifts and reduces the neck skin in order to create a tighter and more youthful look.

Depending on the patient and their personal goals, the surgery can address the skin as well as the underlying fat tissue and muscle. A neck lift can achieve a number of benefits, such as:

  • Improved side profile
  • Reduced “turkey neck”
  • A redefined chin and jawline
  • Tighter and smoother neck skin
  • Reduced age lines and wrinkles

What to Expect During Your Consultation

If you are thinking about undergoing neck lift surgery, we can determine if you are a good candidate during your consultation. Good candidates are generally over the age of 40 and are non-smokers, as smoking can make you more prone to healing issues. They also have realistic expectations as well as a positive outlook. During your consultation, we will discuss these factors in conjunction with your medical history and reasons for seeking surgery. After this, we will be able to develop a customised surgical plan in order to help you achieve your desired anti-ageing results.

The Procedure

The procedure can take two or three hours to complete, depending on the methods used as well as how much skin you need to have removed. It is performed under general anaesthesia, which means patients will be asleep through their surgery.

There are a number of surgical techniques for neck lifts. Generally, Dr Richardson makes small incisions under the chin and behind or in front of each ear. Through these incisions, the muscles are tightened and fixed in place with strong internal sutures. Any excess tissue is pulled and removed to get rid of skin folds and wrinkles and create a smoother skin texture. We can also combine the procedure with liposuction in order to reduce any unwanted fat deposits.

Finally, Dr Richardson closes the incisions, using precise methods to make scars as inconspicuous as possible.

Cost of a Neck Lift

Due to the personalised nature of surgeries, fees can vary from patient to patient. When outlining the fees for your neck lift surgery, we will need to consider a number of factors. This includes anaesthetist fees, hospital fees and other aftercare related costs, such as medication. If you have other questions about the cost of neck lift surgery, we can provide further information during your consultation.

Your Personal Consult

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Your personal consult is the first step to finding the right treatment for you and your body. Dr Jeremy Richardson is a highly skilled surgeon, dedicated to providing quality results and a positive patient experience.

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  • Discuss your physical concerns
  • Receive an outline of your surgical options
  • Get quality advice from a trained expert
  • Get a customised treatment plan


After the procedure, you should expect to have some swelling and bruising. We can help you manage any discomfort with pain medication. Additionally, we will provide instructions on how to care for your incisions at home, which you should follow carefully to ensure optimal results. For example, you may need to:

  • Wear a support garment to help reduce swelling
  • Sleep on your back, with your upper body propped up
  • Take prescribed medications
  • Keep your incisions clean and dry
  • Avoid smoking and alcoholic drinks
  • Reduce your physical activity levels
  • Maintain a balanced diet and drink plenty of water

The bruising and swelling should fade on their own throughout your recovery. If you notice any issues or lasting side effects, consult Dr Richardson or seek medical care as needed. During recovery, most patients may expect the following timeline:

  • Some mild swelling and pain for one to two days
  • Resume light activities three to five days after surgery
  • Return to your usual activities and work after two weeks
  • Do not perform vigorous exercise for six to eight weeks
  • Wear your support garment for one week or as advised by Dr Richardson

Risks and Complications

Like every procedure, neck lift surgery comes with some risks. Although complications are rare, it is a good idea to be aware of them so that you can weigh the risks and benefits. Risks of this surgery include:

  • Lasting pain and swelling
  • Asymmetry
  • Bleeding and infection
  • Unwanted results
  • Poor wound healing
  • Visible scarring
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Damage to underlying tissues
  • Revision surgery to correct issues

You can reduce your risks by making sure to follow the aftercare instructions given by Dr Richardson.

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