neck lift

 

What is a Neck lift?

 

As we get older, the skin in the neck tends to sag, and fatty deposits accumulate under the chin.

These can be addressed either as part of a face lift procedure or sometimes as a separate procedure, using a combination of liposuction and a small incision to tighten the muscles under the chin.

Both procedures can be undertaken as a day case and usually require a general anaesthetic.

 

Why would I choose to have a Neck Lift?

 

  • To improve the appearance of an ageing neck
  • To produce a more defined neck in any adult age group

Sagging skin and folds, wrinkles and colour changes are often the first noticeable signs of aging. A platysmaplasty, or neck lift, refers to the tightening and suspension of the muscles of the neck. This helps lessen the “bands” and sagging skin often seen under the jaw line, and also assists with the creation of a well defined jaw neckline or cervicomental angle.

At Mr Tim Brown Plastic Surgery, our approach the aging neck in a holistic manner, usually in combination with a face lift. By analysing where volume has been lost and gravity has caused pulling or sagging, our surgeons can correct the aging neck by replacing volume and gently pulling specific areas.

 Mr Tim Brown is also strong proponents of excellent skin care in combination with surgery to treat the aging neck and face.

 

Is a Neck lift for you?

 

The goal of a neck lift is to tighten the excess skin from the neck to diminish wrinkling and sagging. Some fat may be removed and underlying muscles and connective tissue are tightened. This area is routinely addressed with a face lift.

 

Important factors to be discussed with your surgeon include:

 

  • Skin type
  • Your bone structure – the jaw as well as the structures below the jaw, in the neck
  • Your medical history
  • Ethnic background
  • Degree of skin elasticity
  • Individual healing rate

Mr Tim Brown will also discuss having a realistic attitude about the results of a neck lift with you. A neck lift cannot stop aging, nor can it turn back the clock. What it can do is help your face look its best and give you a healthy look and a more youthful appearance. A side benefit is that many patients experience increased self-confidence.

Before deciding on a neck lift, you should discuss with Mr Brown whether the overall effect will be more successful if additional changes are made in other parts of the face, including a face lift or brow lift. Many patients will benefit from volume restoration and skin care.

 

Making the decision for a Neck lift

 

What you should expect:

After the decision to proceed with a neck lift is made jointly by you and your surgeon, the surgeon will describe:

 

1.    During the preliminary consultation, Mr Brown will take a thorough medical history, as well as assess the your mental and emotional attitudes toward the surgery. Because a realistic attitude is crucial to the success of the surgery, the surgical procedure and realistic expectations will be discussed.

 

2.    Mr Brown will examine the structure of your neck and face, skin texture, colour, and elasticity.

 

3.    Photographs will be taken so the surgeon can study your face and neck

 

4.    Individual risks will also be examined, especially those related to medical situations such as high blood pressure, a tendency to scar, smoking, and any deficiency in blood clotting.

 

5.    After the decision to proceed with a necklift is made jointly by you and Dr. Tim Brown, the surgeon will describe:

 

a.    The technique indicated

 

b.    Type of anesthesia recommended

 

c.    The surgical facility

 

d.    Any additional surgery

 

e.    Possible complications

 

f.      Costs of the procedure

 

What to Expect After Neck lift Surgery

 

Note:  These are general guidelines. Please ask Mr Brown to fully explain what your expectations should be post surgery.

 

1.    Even though most patients experience very little pain after surgery, the Mr Brown will still prescribe medication.

 

2.    Some degree of swelling and bruising is unavoidable, and Mr  Brown may instruct you to use cold compresses to keep swelling to a minimum.

 

3.    If a dressing has been applied, it will be removed within one to two days.

 

4.    Mr Brown will also instruct you to keep your head elevated when lying down, to avoid as much activity as possible, and to report any undue discomfort. Though there are few risks in neck lift surgery and thousands are performed every year, some risk exists in any surgery.

 

5.    In some cases, a drainage tube may have been inserted during surgery. This will be removed on the first or second day after surgery.

 

6.    All sutures and staples are usually removed within five to 10 days following surgery. Surgeons generally recommend that patients avoid vigorous activity.

 

7.    Patients should prearrange for post-surgery support from family and friends

 

Recovery from Neck lift Surgery

 

Recovery takes anywhere from two to four weeks in most people, though many patients go back to work in two weeks. Scars are usually not noticeable after enough time has passed for them to mature. In any case, they are easily disguised in natural skin creases, or by the hair. In persistent cases scars can be hidden with makeup until total healing has occurred. Bear in mind that the aging process continues after surgery and that some relaxation of tissues will occur over the first few weeks.

 

Follow-up Care

 

Follow-up care is vital for this procedure to monitor healing. Obviously, anything unusual should be reported to your surgeon immediately. It is essential that you keep your follow-up appointments with Mr Brown.

 

Before and after photos

 

At Mr Tim Browns rooms our patients privacy is paramount.  We are currently auditing our photos in compliance with the new rules set by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery.  While we work on this, before and after photos can be viewed at your appointment with Mr Brown or during a complimentary consultation with our nurse educators.

 

Follow-up Care

 

Follow-up care is vital for this procedure to monitor healing. Obviously, anything unusual should be reported to your surgeon immediately. It is essential that you keep your follow-up appointments with Mr Brown.

 

Before and after photos

 

At Mr Tim Browns rooms our patients privacy is paramount.  We are currently auditing our photos in compliance with the new rules set by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery.  While we work on this, before and after photos can be viewed at your appointment with Mr Brown or during a complimentary consultation with our nurse educators.

 

What to bring to your surgeon consultation

 

If you are going to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices, make sure that they are supportive.  Sometimes they will take in information that you may miss, and it is always nice to have a friendly face there to help you with your choices.

 

Write down questions you may have for Mr Brown. We understand that we can all be a little “shell shocked” in the consultation, so it is nice to refer to your questions.

 

You will need to undress for a consultation with Mr Brown with some procedures and the staff if you would like to proceed with the procedure.  Mr Brown performs a lot of tests, which support his huge amount of research, and you will be required to take part, and photographs need to be taken before every procedure.

 

Like more information before scheduling an appointment?

 

Request more information about the procedure – call our rooms on 03 8768 5000 or contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and speak to our caring staff.

 

Book a Nurse Patient Advisor Consultation (Complimentary)

 

Organise a phone call with Patient Advisor (Complimentary)

 

A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral

 

Book a consultation with Mr Tim Brown by paying the $50.00 booking fee which is then deducted off your appointment with Mr Brown.

 

Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure by phoning us or via email.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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