What is neck lift surgery?

Mr Olivier Amar tailors neck lift surgery to each individual patient as different facial shapes, ethnicity and individual anatomical changes require a different approach in order to achieve natural looking, long lasting results.

Neck lift surgery requires the repair of the neck muscle that causes the vertical bands in the neck as well as the the restoration of the defined angle between the jaw line and the neck that is lost due to sagging soft tissue of the face. It is often a combination treatment to remove fat, tighten the skin on the neck and pull the skin upwards into the angle between the chin and the neck. This is sometimes referred to in the industry as a ‘Swan Neck Lift”, which is a direct excision of the ‘wattle’, or ‘turkey neck’, combine with liposuction to reduce fat.

Why consider neck lift surgery?

As you age, your skin gets less elastic and droops, and your facial muscles slacken. The natural fat under the skin also sags, making you look older. The rate this happens at varies from person to person, and is probably determined by your genes. The stresses of daily life, the effect of gravity and exposure to the sun also affect your face. Drastic weight loss can also age the face.

The rate your face ages does not necessarily reflect the rate that the rest of your body and mind is ageing, and you may feel that the face you see in the mirror is not the one you should have.

One of the most common signs of facial ageing are changes in the neck such as the appearance of vertical bands (platysma) in the neck , sagging skin below the jaw (jowls) and deep-set wrinkles in the neck.

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Will I have obvious scars following neck lift surgery?

There will be scars from the surgery, but most of these will be hidden in the hairline. The scars will usually be red at first, then purple, and then fade to become paler over 12 months.

How long does the surgery take?

The operation can take around 2 hours depending on the specific requirements and complexity of the case.

When can I shower and wash my hair after neck lift surgery?

In general, you may gently shower and wash your hair 48 hours after a neck lift surgery, taking particular care on the treated areas. You can also blow dry your hair on a cool setting.

Will it be possible for me to stay in hospital following my procedure?

Having surgery under TIVA allows you to go home the same day to rest and recuperate in comfort. Mr Olivier Amar’s practice is happy to arrange the procedure at a hospital with an overnight stay facility if you wish or assist with a nurse to stay with you overnight, as well as helping you find local accommodation after your surgery if necessary.

What form of anaesthetic will be used?

All neck lift procedures are performed by Mr Olivier Amar as day surgery. Neck lift surgery is performed under total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA), a technique of anaesthesia which uses a combination of agents given exclusively via the intravenous route without the use of gas anaesthesia. This means you will sleep comfortably throughout the procedure and wake immediately afterwards with a significantly reduced likelihood of feeling groggy or nauseous. The anaesthesia will be explained to you by your anaesthetist during the preoperative consultation.

Can any other procedures be done at the same time?

A neck lift may be confined to the ageing problems on the neck, but as these are often associated with the jowls along the jawline, patients sometimes combine this surgery with a lower face lift. Some patients also opt combine a neck lift with fat transfer to restore volume in the face and fill out areas that may need it, such as the hollows of the chin, jawline, lips, cheeks and temples, giving a result that is subtle and rejuvenating with a much more youthful result.

When will I see the results of neck lift surgery?

You will notice a difference straight away. After two to three weeks you will see results and appreciate them after six weeks. By six months after surgery you can have a good idea of the final result and healing will be complete after a year.

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What can I expect after neck lift surgery?

Initially there will be bruising and swelling around the neck and chin.  This bruising and swelling generally disappears between two and three weeks following surgery. You will experience a sensation of painful tightness especially behind the ears, and around the neck, which generally settles after one month.

It is better to keep your head up to reduce swelling. In particular, sleep with extra pillows to keep your head raised for the first few days after surgery.

You will be asked to come in for a post-operative nurse appointment one day, one week and two weeks after your surgery. At this point your incision sites will be reviewed, stitches removed and your preliminary healing will be assessed. You will come back at six week after surgery to be reviewed by Mr Olivier Amar.

How long do I have to wait to return to normally activities following the surgery?

Patients who undergo facial procedures usually return to normal activities after a week to ten days. I recommend patients return to gentle exercise as soon as they feel comfortable to do so – but nothing strenuous for three weeks after surgery.