MyEllevate vs. Surgical Neck Lift: A Guide to Your Neck Rejuvenation Options


The appearance of our neck undergoes countless changes as we age. For those who find themselves curious about ways to rejuvenate the neck and jawline area, Dr Ellis Choy offers both surgical and nonsurgical options.

Neck lift surgery is a traditional approach that has been a go-to solution for many years. Surgery can provide significant change, and many feel the benefits are worth the drawbacks, but it is not right for everyone. Dr Choy now offers MyEllevate to patients seeking a redefined neck and jawline without the downtime, risks or invasiveness of traditional surgery.

Whether you are contemplating a procedure or simply seeking to understand the latest advances in cosmetic enhancement, we hope this guide will provide valuable insights about the neck rejuvenation options available to you.

Neck Lift Surgery Explained

Neck lift surgery is a traditional and well-established procedure aimed at reducing visible signs of ageing in the neck and jawline. It can be a powerful solution for those wishing to address drooping skin, excess fat, muscle banding or a loss of definition in these regions. The ultimate goal of a traditional neck lift is to provide a smoother and tighter appearance.


A neck lift is an invasive surgical procedure. It typically involves:

  • General anaesthesia for the duration of the surgery
  • Incisions that start around the temple, extend down around the ear and continue toward the hairline; an additional incision is sometimes made under the chin
  • Removal and tightening of skin, fat and muscle
  • Closure of the incisions with sutures


Recovery from a traditional neck lift requires rest and strict adherence to aftercare guidelines. Patients can expect:

  • Downtime from work and social activities (typically two weeks)
  • Activity restrictions for four to six weeks
  • Side effects such as swelling, bruising and discomfort 
  • Follow-up appointments with the surgeon to ensure proper healing

Risks and Complications

Like all surgical procedures, traditional neck lift surgery carries some risks, including: 

  • Infection 
  • Hematoma (blood pooling) 
  • Nerve damage 
  • Poor scarring
  • Reaction to anaesthetic


Traditional neck lift surgery targets significant skin laxity and ageing in the neck area. Ideal candidates for this procedure are seeking substantial changes and are prepared to undertake a surgical process with full understanding of the potential risks and rewards involved. 

Introducing MyEllevate

MyEllevate is a less invasive neck rejuvenation procedure that lifts and tightens the jaw and neck region with a nonsurgical suture suspension system. This innovative treatment provides an option for those who desire a change in their appearance but are concerned about the invasiveness, scarring and recovery time associated with traditional neck lift surgery. 


The MyEllevate procedure is an exciting addition to the plastic surgeon’s toolbox. It involves:

  • Local anaesthesia, allowing patients to remain awake during the procedure
  • Small punctures rather than incisions
  • A suture woven underneath the skin, creating a supportive sling that lifts the soft tissues
  • Closure with medical adhesive rather than sutures


The recovery from MyEllevate is typically quicker and less taxing than traditional neck lift surgery. Patients can expect:

  • Limited downtime of a few days
  • Activity restrictions for 10 to 14 days
  • Side effects such as mild discomfort, swelling and tightness
  • Follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process

Risks and Complications

While the risks associated with MyEllevate are reduced compared to open surgery, potential complications may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Asymmetry
  • Persistent inflammation around the suture


MyEllevate caters to individuals who seek noticeable yet subtle results without the commitment to full surgical intervention. It offers a viable alternative to neck lift surgery for patients with mild to moderate signs of ageing in the neck.

MyEllevate vs. Surgical Neck Lift: A Side-by-Side Comparison

When it comes to cosmetic work, individuality and personalisation are paramount. Each person’s anatomy, preferences and aesthetic goals are unique, and what might be suitable for one person may not be for another. There is no “one size fits all” in choosing between these procedures, but you may find that one is a better fit for your personal needs and preferences.

Some of the key factors to consider are:


Neck Lift


  • Nonsurgical technique utilising a suture to lift and tighten
  • Local anaesthesia
  • Approximately one hour to perform
  • Invasive surgery involving incisions, removal of skin and tightening of underlying muscles
  • General anaesthesia
  • Longer surgical time


  • Small puncture scars that are often unnoticeable
  • Scarring from incisions, potentially more visible


  • Minimal downtime, with many patients returning to activities within days
  • Shorter recovery period with fewer restrictions
  • Longer recovery time, with weeks of recovery required
  • More post-op restrictions and care needed

Risks and Complications

  • Reduced risks and complications compared to open surgery
  • More significant risks and complications due to invasive nature


  • Generally less expensive due to the less invasive technique
  • More expensive because of the invasive nature and use of general anaesthesia

Longevity and Results

  • More subtle but visible results that can last for years with proper care
  • Suitable for mild to moderate signs of ageing
  • Can achieve more dramatic results if desired
  • May be more suitable for significant skin laxity

The Importance of Your Consultation

The choice between a traditional neck lift and MyEllevate is multifaceted and individualised. This decision should be made in partnership with a specialist plastic surgeon like Dr Choy who can assess your specific situation and recommend a suitable approach. 

A one-on-one consultation with Dr Choy involves a thorough examination, discussion of your desires and careful consideration of all factors involved in personalising your treatment plan. Dr Choy’s extensive experience in both procedures, coupled with his dedication to understanding each patient’s unique needs and preferences, helps you make informed decisions about your cosmetic care.

Finding the Right Fit: Book a Consultation With Dr Ellis Choy Today

Whether you’re leaning towards MyEllevate or considering a traditional neck lift, Dr Choy is here to help. Both procedures have benefits and drawbacks, and Dr Choy’s experience ensures that you receive personalised recommendations and care tailored to your specific needs.

Contact the Sydney offices of Dr Ellis Choy to learn more. You may reach us on 02 8962 9388 or enquire here to book a consultation.