Necklift FAQs – Questions about Necklift Surgery

Dr Turner answers your Necklift FAQs – Surgery, Options, Recovery and Costs

Necklift surgery can help reduce excess skin and sagging jowls caused by aging and genetics. Dr Scott Turner is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has a focus on facial surgery in Sydney NSW. Here are his answers to Necklift FAQs.

Necklift FAQs – General Questions about Neck Surgery

At what age do jowls develop?

  • Some people develop heavy lines and excess loose skin around the lower face and neck at age 50 years and above. This can happen earlier in Smokers and Sun lovers.

How can I tighten my neck and jowls?

  • A neck surgery procedure known as necklift can help tighten the sagging skin in your neck and chin.

How do you fix sagging jowls?

Does a Necklift get rid of wrinkles?

  • Yes. The procedure can reduce the appearance of wrinkles in your neck, resulting in improved skin tone and texture.

How do I know if I need a Necklift?

  • You need the procedure if you have excess skin and fat in your lower face, loose neck skin or prominent muscle banding in the neck

What is the best alternative to a Necklift?

How many years younger can a Necklift make you look?

  • The procedure can make you look 5 to 7 years younger by tightening the area around your neck and jawline.

Can you get a Necklift twice?

Necklift Type FAQs – Questions about types of Necklifts

What are the different medical names for a Necklift surgery?

  • The following are the two medical names for a necklift:
    • Cervicoplasty: This method focuses on improving your neck contour by removing excess skin. It is highly recommended if you have excess skin due to ageing or significant weight loss and if you have low skin elasticity.
    • Platysmaplasty: This method reduces the banded appearance of your neck by tightening and realigning the neck muscles.
    • A mini necklift or lower facelift could also be considered.

What is the difference between a Necklift and a Mini neck lift?

  • A necklift targets sagging skin around your neck and jawline by elevating the underlying soft tissue and removing the excess skin. On the other hand, a mini necklift improves your neck and jaw contour using smaller incisions with lesser downtime.

Does a mini Necklift tighten the neck?

  • Yes. The procedure can eliminate small amounts of skin sagging in your neck.

What is the best Necklift procedure?

  • The type of necklift you will have will depend on your skin condition, desired results, and surgeon’s preferences. Dr Turner will determine the best type of necklift specific to your needs during your consultation.

Necklift Suitability FAQs – Questions about Necklift Suitability

What is the best age for a Necklift?

  • The best age for the procedure is usually between 35–65 years.

Who is a good candidate for a Necklift?

  • You are a good candidate for the procedure if:
    • You are in good overall physical and mental health
    • You don’t have medical conditions that can affect your healing ability
    • You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations
    • You have sagging skin or wrinkles in your neck and jawline
    • You’re willing to follow postoperative instructions

Should I lose weight before a Necklift?

  • It is recommended to achieve a stable weight before your necklift procedure because quick or frequent changes in your body weight can produce suboptimal clinical outcomes.

Necklift Surgery FAQs – Questions about a Necklift Procedure

How many hours does a Necklift take?

  • The procedure usually takes 2 to 3 hours in theatre to complete.

What are the steps in a Necklift procedure?

  • First, you will receive general anaesthesia or intravenous sedation. Once the anaesthesia has taken effect, Dr Turner will create incisions in your neck area depending on the degree of change you like to achieve. The tissue underlying your neck skin is then repositioned and tightened. To improve your neck contour, Dr Turner will trim away excess skin. Once the desired appearance is achieved, he will close the incisions using sutures.

What type of anaesthesia is used for Necklift?

  • Depending on the degree of surgery undertaken, the procedure usually requires general anaesthesia in a hospital setting. 

Where are Necklift scars located?

  • In most cases, Dr Turner will create the incisions behind your ears and under your chin to reduce scar visibility.

Necklift Surgery Recovery FAQs – Questions about Necklift Recovery

What Can I expect after a Necklift?

  • After the surgery, a bandage will be placed around your face and neck to reduce swelling and bruising. A thin tube may also be placed on the operated area to drain any excess blood or fluid under your skin.

 How long does it take to recover from a Necklift?

  • In general, you will need about a week to recover from the procedure. Bruising and discomfort will reduce over time.

How can I speed up my Necklift recovery?

  • To speed up your recovery:
    • Rest as much as possible
    • Avoid strenuous activities
    • Keep your surgical wound sterile and clean
    • Do not smoke or take passive smoke
    • Drink plenty of fluids
    • Keep your head and neck elevated using 2 to 3 pillows

How long does the tightness last after a Necklift?

  • After the procedure, you should expect your neck to feel tight for a few weeks.

How long do ears hurt after Necklift?

  • You may experience ear pain for a few days after the procedure.

How long should you wear chin strap after Necklift?

  • For the first two weeks after the procedure, you will need to wear your chin strap as directed except when showering.

How do you sleep after a Necklift?

  • You should sleep on your back with your head elevated using 2 to 3 pillows. Avoid putting any pressure or tension on the suture lines.

How long after a Necklift can I sleep on my side?

  • You should avoid sleeping on your side for two to four weeks.

Should you massage your Neck after a Necklift?

  • In the first few days, you should avoid putting any pressure on the incision lines. However, Dr Turner can teach you a massage for your neck area that you can perform once you have fully recovered.

How long should I ice after Necklift?

  • In the first 24 to 48 hours, you should apply an ice compress to your neck for 15 to 30 minutes. Be cautious of ice burn.

How do you wash your hair after a Necklift?

  • After 48 hours, you may wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

How do you reduce swelling after a Necklift?

  • To keep swelling to a minimum, you should apply an ice compress to your neck and sleep with your head elevated on 2 to 3 pillows.

How long is Neck swollen after Necklift?

  • You may experience swelling after the procedure that can last for several weeks to months.

How long should you wear a compression bandage after a Necklift?

What happens if you don’t wear a compression garment after Necklift?

  • Not wearing your compression garment as directed can lead to prolonged swelling and suboptimal results.

How do you get rid of a lump after a Necklift?

How soon can I wear makeup after Necklift?

  • You need to wait at least 10 days before wearing cosmetic makeup.

How long does it take to look normal after a Necklift?

  • After 4 to 6 weeks, the operated area should look normal.

What can you eat after a Necklift?

  • You should consume more nutritious foods – fruits and vegetables. Specifically, you should eat more high-protein foods to speed up your healing.

 Necklift Results FAQs – Questions about Necklift Surgery Results

How long do the effects of a Necklift last?

  • If performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, the effects of the procedure can last 10 to 15 years.

How often should you get a Necklift?

  • Since the procedure has long-lasting effects, you may choose to undergo necklift again once the signs of ageing start to reappear.

Is a Necklift permanent?

  • While the procedure can produce long-lasting results, you may need to undergo a necklift again in the future if skin sagging reappears. It is important to keep in mind that the procedure is not designed to last a lifetime.

How can you tell if someone had a Necklift?

  • While the procedure produces natural results, you can sometimes tell whether a person had a necklift. Signs to look for are ears that looked pulled and tiny incisions or scars in the neck or chin area.

Necklift Candidates FAQs – Questions about Necklift Candidates

What is the best age for a Necklift?

  • The best age for the necklift surgery procedure is between 35–65 years.

Is 60 too old for a Necklift?

  • No. This age falls within the best age for the procedure which is between 35–65 years.

Read more about Recovery after Neck Lift Surgery.

Necklift FAQs – Questions about Necklift Costs and Value

How much does a Necklift Surgery for jowls cost?

  • There are several factors that you need to consider when planning to have a necklift. It is important to keep in mind that the costs may vary and will depend on the following factors:
    • Anaesthesia fee
    • Charges for the hospital or medical facility
    • Cost of medications
    • Cost of post-surgery garments
    • Medical tests
    • The extent of the surgery
    • The geographical location of the clinic or medical facility
    • The type of necklift
    • Your surgeon’s fee

In addition, a neck lift is considered a cosmetic procedure since it is designed to improve the appearance of your neck and jawline. For this reason, the costs associated with the procedure are usually not covered by your health insurance. Before getting a neck lift, it is recommended to clarify coverage questions with your health insurance provider to determine if you are eligible for a health claim.

Please Phone Dr Turner’s team for an estimate of the neck lift surgery price in Sydney

Next Steps

Always Do Your Research

  • Enquire to find out more about your surgery
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Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A GP Referral is required to Consult with Dr Turner (under new AHPRA Regulations)
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

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How to Book Your Consultation

  • You can book your initial consultation by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment


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