Neck Lift

A Neck Lift is the procedure to tighten and re-shape the neck. Sagging is a feature of the ageing neck, as are bands or folds of skin travelling from the jaw down the neck. A Neck Lift, often carried out in conjunction with a Face Lift, aims to tighten the neck skin and smooth it out. When carried out alone, the scars are lower on the face than a facelift scar, typically starting in front of the ear at the level of the ear hole, rather than in the hairline.

The vertical wrinkles in the ageing neck are caused by the platysma muscle, which can be addressed in a number of ways. The commonest is by releasing them during a Face Lift procedure and pulling the skin tighter against the neck. Another way is to join the two muscles (one on each side) beneath the chin, which is undertaken through a small cut under the chin.

As in the facelift procedure, the platysma muscle is tightened before the skin is redraped and sutured. You should be aware that the scars behind the ear are irregular and can be lumpy for a period of time as they settle – this is in an attempt to minimise the length of the scars.

Fullness beneath the chin can be addressed by either a simple neck lift, or by removal of the fat here – which can be by liposuction of via the incision described above.

The postoperative care is similar to that of a face lift; you will wake with drains and a bandage, both of which will be removed the next day. A fresh bandage may be applied and you will be able to go home after a night in hospital.

It is common for there to be some numbness in the skin of the neck after the operation, which improves over weeks and/or months. Another potential problem is injury to the nerve that pulls the lower lip down, giving an asymmetric smile – this is rare in Mr Prices experience.

To make an appointment to discuss Neck Lift surgery in Cambridge, please contact Mr Price’s secretary.