A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck.

​The first signs of ageing often show in the neck, as the skin and muscles lose their elasticity – leading to the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Losing a lot of weight can also have the same effect, but whatever the cause the neck is an often overlooked indicator of age. This procedure is designed to help improve the appearance of your neck.


The Procedure

It is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat around your jaw line, creating a more defined and youthful-looking neck.

Risks + Complications

Any invasive treatment carries its own risks and complications.  Also, every procedure has limitations and the risks should be compared to the potential benefits before undergoing a surgical procedure.

Possible risks and complications include:-

  • anaesthesia risks including depression
  • scars and keloid/hypertrophic scarring
  • asymmetry
  • skin necrosis and wound healing problems
  • infection
  • fluid build-up as in a seroma or bleeding as a haematoma
  • development of a blood clot as in deep vein thrombosis, thromboembolism or pulmonary embolism
  • swelling and bruising
  • temporary or permanent stiffness of the nose tip
  • skin discolouration
  • thread veins
  • periosteal reaction and irregularities in nasal skeleton
  • numbness/loss of sensitivity
  • remaining or residual deviation of the septum
  • difficulties in breathing
  • dropped tip
  • the displacement and rejection of graft (if used)
  • limitation in the skin retraction in oily and thick types of skin resulting in larger than expected results
  • need for further surgery


Recovery time after having a necklift procedure can vary between patients.  Pain, bruising and swelling is to be expected, particularly around the eyes.  Bending over or lifting heavy objects should be avoided for the first several weeks and strenuous work or exercise avoided for 4-6 weeks.    

As the area will be sensitive, exposure to direct sunlight should be avoided for the first few months.

Minor swelling may be apparent for up to a few months and it will be up to 12 months before the final results are available.


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