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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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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, which creates a more youthful neck line. 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.
How much does a neck lift cost?
Costs associated with a neck lift vary between $12,000-$18,000 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 liftor rhinoplasty.
After our consultation, my staff will give you an itemised account of the total cost.
Many patients who say they want a facelift really want a neck lift because they are unhappy with their jowls and sagging skin
Dr Pouria Moradi