What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift by Dr Turner at Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery can rejuvenate the neck and jawline of both men and women to give a more youthful appearance. A neck lift is designed to improve some of the most visible signs of facial aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying neck muscles and redraping of loose, wrinkled skin on the neck.

To maintain facial harmony and to restore a natural, youthful appearance; a neck lift is infrequently performed in isolation. A neck lift is commonly performed as part of a facelift surgery, whether that be a full facelift or short scar technique. Sometimes other facial procedures such as blepharoplasty and brow lift surgery will be recommended as well as non-surgical treatments like laser resurfacing and chemical peels to give the best result.


A neck lift is ideal for both men and women who are in their 40’s to 70’s whose neck has begun to show visible signs of ageing and feel they look older than they are. To get the best results from a neck lift surgery, patients need to have minimal ageing of the cheek and nasolabial regions, otherwise it is advised that a neck lift is combined with a facelift procedure.

If you are healthy, have realistic expectations about both the benefits and limitations that can be achieved with a neck lift, you may be a good candidate for the surgery. To learn more contact our clinic to book your consultation with Dr Turner.


Your cosmetic neck lift surgery consultation at Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery is personally undertaken by Dr Turner at one of his Sydney clinics.

During the consultation, Dr Turner will evaluate your face and neck, focusing on your skin elasticity, fat composition, muscle activity, neck contour and underlying bone structure to determine if a neck lift is right for you. Dr Turner will advise you if a neck lift surgery alone can achieve your goals or if a combined face and neck lift surgery is required as well as any other adjunctive procedures to create a harmonious facial rejuvenation.

Dr Turner and his staff will:

  • Review the neck lift and adjunctive procedures with you
  • Clearly discuss the potential risks of the procedure
  • Outline in detail how the surgery is performed
  • Explain what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure
  • Provide detailed cost and payment information
  • Answer all your questions


A neck lift is performed to restore the lost contour and definition of the neck and jawline by returning the underlying structures to their original position and removing excess skin and fatty tissue.

As we age, our skin loses elasticity and begins to sag, fat accumulates and most importantly the neck muscle (platysma) droops, leading to the ‘turkey neck’. The platysma muscle also contributes to vertical neck bands. A platysmaplasty is the technical term for a neck lift in which the platysma muscle is tightened both in the midline and to the sides below the ear to reconstruct the sling like mechanism of the neck muscles to give a youthful and defined neck and jawline.


A neck lift is performed under general anaesthesia in a fully accredited hospital with a qualified anaesthetist. Depending on the degree of complexity of the neck lift and whether ancillary procedures are being performed, the operation takes three hours to perform. Most patients can be discharged home the same day with no overnight stay required.

The neck lift procedure begins with a small incision under your chin and another in front and behind the ears sometimes extending along the posterior hairline. Once the incisions are made, the skin is separated from the underlying platysma neck muscles and any excess fatty tissue is removed directly or with liposuction.  The platysma muscle that has separated in the midline is repaired (platysma plication) and then the lateral edges are than resuspended to its natural position near the earlobe, the vertical platysmal advancement. This lifting and tightening of the platysma muscle restores its sheet like shape and natural function as a sling to support the neck skin.

The skin is then redraped over the new neck contour with excess skin excised so the incisions are closed with minimal tension to allow a fine scar.

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