Neck lifting

Neck lifting, also known as platysmaplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at reducing signs of aging in the neck area to achieve a more youthful and smooth appearance. This procedure addresses issues such as sagging skin, excess fat deposits, and muscle laxity, resulting in a tighter and more defined neck.

Procedure Overview

  1. Consultation: The process begins with a detailed consultation with a plastic surgeon to assess the patient’s neck structure, skin condition, and aesthetic goals. The surgeon will also review the patient’s medical history and discuss potential risks and complications.
  2. Anesthesia: Neck lifts are typically performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, ensuring that the patient is comfortable and pain-free during the procedure.
  3. Incisions: The surgeon makes incisions typically behind the ears and under the chin. These incisions provide the necessary access to remove excess skin and fat and to tighten the muscles.
  4. Repositioning and Tightening: The underlying muscles and tissues are lifted and tightened to enhance neck contours. Excess fat may be removed through liposuction, and excess skin is trimmed away and repositioned.
  5. Closing Incisions: The incisions are closed with sutures or skin adhesives. Care is taken to place the incisions in natural creases or within the hairline to minimize visible scarring.


  • Initial Recovery: Patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first few days. Pain medication and cold compresses can help manage these symptoms.
  • Follow-up Visits: Regular follow-up visits with the surgeon are necessary to monitor the healing process and remove stitches if needed.
  • Activity Restrictions: Patients are generally advised to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks. Most people can return to normal activities within two to four weeks.
  • Long-Term Care: Protecting the skin from sun exposure and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help prolong the results of a neck lift.

Results and Benefits

  • Youthful Appearance: A neck lift can significantly reduce the signs of aging, such as sagging, wrinkles, and excess fat, resulting in a more youthful and defined neck.
  • Improved Self-Confidence: Many patients experience a boost in self-esteem and confidence following the procedure.
  • Long-Lasting Effects: While a neck lift does not stop the aging process, the results can last for many years, especially when combined with good skincare and healthy living practices.