Neck Lift Sydney
A neck lift is a surgical procedure to improve the visible signs of ageing in the neck and jawline.
In the majority of cases, a neck lift is performed along with a facelift as part of a complete facial rejuvenation. However, in the rare situation (usually in younger patients in their 30-50s) where a patient has only sagging of the neck and loss of definition of the jawline, then a neck lift is the perfect operation.
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|Patients in Sydney, generally women, undergo neck lift surgery to remove excess skin and fat around the jawline, with the aim to create a more defined neck.
What neck lift techniques are used?
Like facelift surgery, there are many different neck lift techniques described, but common to all is the adherence to a few key anatomical considerations.
Liposuction of the neck fat just underneath the skin is performed to serve two purposes. The first and most obvious is that it removes the excess fat in the neck region. The second is that once the fat has been removed, the skin re-drapes and retracts over the underlying musculature and gives definition to the neck and jowl area.
Tightening and resuspension of the neck musculature are also key components of the procedure. As we age, the retaining ligaments in the neck become stretched and lose their strength. This leads to sagging of the muscles and skin of the neck, much like a hammock. During a neck lift, the main supporting muscle, the platysma, is tightened. This is done by pulling and re-suspending the platysma muscle back to the dense tissue behind the ear in a vector. In some cases, the ageing process leads to the left and right platysma muscles separating in the midline. Should this happen, then an extra incision is made just underneath the chin to re-approximate the two muscles.
I will also re-drape the skin under minimal tension to avoid unsightly scars. This is achievable following liposuction and muscle re-suspension. The resultant scars are hidden in the creases around the ear and in the hairline. Occasionally, there is a scar just underneath the chin crease, but this is usually inconspicuous.
How long does it take to recover from a neck lift?
The neck lift surgery may take one to three hours under general anaesthetic with one night's hospital stay. Small drains are kept in overnight and removed the morning after the operation.
Recovery time is usually two to three weeks, with final results being obvious after about two months.
The scars following a neck lift are generally unnoticeable as they are largely concealed within the hairline and hidden in the creases in front and behind the ear.
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How much does a neck lift cost?
Costs associated with a neck lift vary depending on a number of factors:
- Anaesthetist's fee
- Private hospital or day surgical facility fees
- Need for post-operative garments
- Length of hospital stay
- Whether you require liposuction or not
- Surgical assistant's fee
- Need for other facial plastic surgical procedures, such as eyelid rejuvenation, facelift, brow lift or rhinoplasty.
After our consultation, my staff will give you an itemised account of the total cost.
Neck lifts, like any surgical procedure, come with certain risks and potential complications. Some risks specific to neck lift surgery include:
- Numbness or altered sensation: Temporary or, in rare cases, permanent changes in sensation or numbness in the neck or adjacent areas.
- Visible scarring: While efforts are made to hide incisions, there's a risk of noticeable scarring, although skilled surgeons aim for discreet placement.
- Skin irregularities: Like with facelifts, irregularities in skin texture or contour might occur.
- Hematoma or bleeding: Bleeding under the skin (hematoma) is a risk with any surgical procedure.
- Infection: Although rare, the risk of infection is present after any surgery.
- Nerve damage: Damage to nerves in the neck area can result in temporary or, rarely, permanent issues such as weakness or altered sensation.
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia: As with any surgery, reactions to anesthesia can occur, though they're generally uncommon.
- Unsatisfactory results: There's always the possibility that the results might not align with expectations or require further adjustments.
It's essential to discuss these risks thoroughly with Dr Moradi before deciding to undergo any cosmetic procedure.