Neck Lift

A neck lift operation is a procedure aimed at reducing the affect of sagging skin around the jaw line and neck. The procedure is generally undertaken by patients that are aiming for a more youthful looking appearance and to reduce the physical affects of aging around the face and neck area.

Neck lift surgery should last around 2 to 3 hours, however may take longer if you have chosen to have this completed at the same time as another operation such as a brow lift, liposuction or face lift. The procedure generally involves the patient initially receiving two incisions behind the ears, skin can them be trimmed and then pulled tight before being sutured into place leaving a much tighter smoother neck line. Often a face lift will be required as well as the neck lift.


Before undergoing neck lift surgery consideration and preparation are vital elements. Those who are considering the procedure should clearly outline their targets, and openly discuss this with their consultant. Those who are considering the procedure should be aware of the risks and complications that can arise, as well as the practical changes that are needed prior to surgery. Patients are required to stop taking medication which alters blood viscosity including aspirin. In preparation of surgery it is also highly recommended that patients avoid smoking, to enhance recovery.

After the Operation

Patients will be required to keep their head elevated for a period of two weeks following surgery, whilst experiencing bruising and swelling in the first four to six weeks. Patients need to be careful when moving avoiding unecessary movement until the wounds are healed.

Recovering from Neck Lift Surgery

  • Avoid moving your head for a period of two weeks following surgery
  • Bruising and swelling in the first 6 weeks
  • Patients will not be able to return to work for some time following surgery

For the large majority of adults who under go a neck lift the results will be a success with no negative consequences. Despite this risks and complications remain, as is the case for almost all surgical procedures.

Risk and complications

  • Scarring is a possible complication of neck lift surgery
  • Failing to attain the results that you expected
  • Bleeding is a possible complication

By nature, all medical procedures carry an element of risk. While the majority of patients do not experience any complication during our necklift procedures, before embarking on any medical procedure, it is advisable to consult fully with the McLean Academy so that our qualified staff can suitably discuss any risk or concerns that your procedure may pose.


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The McLean Academy

Neil R. McLean ( MD FRCS )

Telephone: 0191 284 3719


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