Neck Lift Surgery With Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Ellis Choy
As a thin and delicate area of skin, the neck is highly vulnerable to the effects of age, sun exposure and gravity. In fact, it is one of the first areas of the body to manifest signs of ageing. From loose, excess skin to loss of shape around the chin and jawline, the neck will often betray your age more prominently than any other feature. As the foundation of your face, the neck is integral to your overall appearance. Maintaining a radiant, rejuvenated look means you cannot neglect your neck, especially if you’re also taking good care of your face and body.
A neck lift is a highly advanced surgical procedure designed to address signs of ageing and restore a smoother, more refreshed neck contour. For patients who feel that their neck prematurely ages their profile, neck lift surgery can revitalise the area to blend naturally and more gracefully with your face. A neck lift can be the ideal companion to other age-defying procedures such as a facelift, brow lift and blepharoplasty.
Dr Ellis Choy works with men and women of all ages who feel that their neck reflects an older, more worn-out version of themselves. Drawing on advanced technical skills and unparalleled artistry, he performs the neck lift procedure to soften the effects of age and restore aesthetic balance to your overall appearance. Request a consultation with Dr Choy today.
NECK LIFT SURGERY GOALS
The neck is subject to the same forces of ageing as the face, yet many people neglect to care for their neck with the same dedication as their face. Over the years, gravity steadily pulls the neck and all of its structures downwards, causing skin and muscles to loosen. Sun exposure also takes a toll, bringing about unwanted lines, drooping and the ‘crepey’ effect. With our modern habit of looking down at our phones and computers constantly, we are now seeing neck changes even earlier.
Neck lift surgery defies the effects of time and gravity. With this procedure, Dr Choy can recondition and revitalise the entire neck region by tightening the skin, lifting the muscles and restoring a more youthful and pleasing silhouette. Women can regain a feminine, elegant neckline, while male patients can achieve a more masculine, chiselled look.
THE BENEFITS OF NECK LIFT SURGERY
There are many benefits associated with a neck lift, not all of which focus on reversing signs of age. People who diligently diet and exercise and lose a significant amount of weight can be left with pockets of fat and excess skin around their neck and jaw that refuse to budge. For these patients, a neck lift can relieve feelings of embarrassment, low self-esteem and poor body image, allowing them to appreciate their weight loss results fully.
The goals of neck lift surgery typically include one or more of the following:
- Tighten loose, sagging neck skin
- Eliminate excess skin tissue
- Reduce fat deposits
- Restore the underlying muscle structure
- Smooth vertical neck bands
- Minimise deep creases
- Define the chin and jawline
- Correct an unsightly ‘turkey neck’
Neck lift surgery encompasses various surgical techniques. Dr Choy will carefully assess your anatomy and goals to determine the correct approach to address your specific needs.
SYDNEY NECK LIFT CANDIDATES
A slim neck and defined jawline can dramatically enhance your entire facial appearance, allowing you to move forward in your personal and professional lives with greater confidence.
Many patients who consult Dr Choy about undergoing a neck lift are in their 40s-60s and unhappy with the appearance of a sagging, creased neck giving them an aged look. Younger patients may also benefit from a neck lift if they are genetically predisposed to premature ageing or have lost a great deal of weight.
Generally speaking, a surgical candidate should:
- Be in good physical condition
- Be in good emotional and mental health
- Have no medical conditions or allergies that may cause complications
- Be a nonsmoker or willing to stop smoking before and after surgery
WHAT’S INVOLVED IN A NECK LIFT?
Your neck lift experience will begin with an in-depth consultation at Dr Choy’s state-of-the-art facility in Sydney, NSW. In this warm and welcoming space, he will invite you to discuss your reasons for treatment and your expectations of what you hope to achieve with surgery. With your goals in mind, he will carefully assess the quality of your skin and current condition to determine the most suitable approach to surgery. He will analyse your skin habits and how age has affected your neck to design an individualised treatment plan tailored specifically to your concerns, needs and aesthetic desires. Based on his assessment, Dr Choy will inform you of the most realistic outcome and will adequately prepare you for the process ahead.
The neck lift procedure will vary for each patient, depending on the severity of their condition and unique needs. This surgery usually involves manipulating the underlying layers of tissue to tighten the muscle, trim excess skin and reshape the neck structure. Through incisions that will be carefully placed to make them as inconspicuous as possible, Dr Choy can remove and reposition tissue to elongate the submental plane and produce a sharper, more youthful jawline.
For many patients, this procedure also involves tightening the platysma muscles to correct the ‘turkey neck’ that typically develops with age. By removing loose skin around the neck and redefining the jawline, Dr Choy can create a smoother and firmer neck contour that complements your holistic profile. For patients with significant amounts of submental fat or jowl formation, fat removal via liposuction may also be involved to shape more youthful contours.
COMBINING NECK LIFT AND FACELIFT SURGERY
The face and neck complement each other in natural harmony. For this reason, Dr Choy often recommends performing facelift and neck lift surgeries together. Based on his holistic approach to cosmetic surgery, Dr Choy believes that achieving the most naturally convincing result relies on treating the entire area as a whole, rather than a collection of parts. While a neck lift aims to re-sculpt the area below the chin, a facelift focuses on lifting and tightening the lower third of the face. When performed together, these procedures can provide a smooth and harmonious transformation of your entire facial aesthetic. Dr Choy has performed this combination surgery for countless men and women to help them restore an aesthetically balanced and graceful contour of the neck and face.
In cases where the neck has aged faster and significantly more than the face, an isolated neck lift can be performed. A stand-alone neck lift is ideal for those who are satisfied with their facial profile and merely wish to rejuvenate their neck. However, since the neck and face support each other, most patients benefit from combining the two procedures and addressing the face holistically in one surgery. In your consultation, Dr Choy will examine your condition and determine whether a combination treatment is a suitable option for you.
COMBINING NECK LIFT AND LIPOSUCTION
Fatty deposits that build up around the neck and chin are unlikely to respond to diet or exercise. Neck liposuction can provide a more youthful and defined appearance by removing excess fat from these areas. In some cases, Dr Choy may recommend combining a neck lift to tighten the skin and underlying muscles with neck liposuction to remove stubborn fat. Together, these two procedures deliver a beautifully sculpted neckline, a more defined jawline and a solution for submental fullness (a ‘double chin’).
Neck liposuction performed alone should be reserved for patients with reasonably good skin elasticity, as this is what allows the skin to contract and conform to the slimmer shape of the neck once the fat is removed. The combined neck lift and liposuction approach is preferable for patients who no longer have sufficient skin elasticity to achieve a firm, smooth result with only liposuction.
COMPLEMENTARY NONSURGICAL PROCEDURES
Nonsurgical procedures may be done in conjunction with a neck lift to improve the overall result. Below are a few of the nonsurgical treatments that are commonly combined with neck lift surgery.
Certain muscles in the neck can become more prominent over time, creating vertical bands or cords that age your appearance. Anti-wrinkle injections can relax those muscles to restore a tighter and more youthful look to your neck. These injections can be used to build upon the results of a neck lift and generally last three to four months.
Dermal fillers can help minimise the neck lines that are a common occurrence thanks to ageing, genetics, collagen loss, gravity, sun damage and looking down at our digital devices. Fillers can also be combined with a neck lift for additional sculpting around the chin and jaw, providing even more improvement in shape and definition in the lower face and neck area.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments
While a neck lift can yield significant benefits where skin tautness, unwanted fat and ageing muscles are concerned, it has no effect on complexion concerns like uneven texture or pigmented spots. A laser resurfacing treatment can stimulate natural healing from the inside out, restoring evenly toned neck skin for a fresher and younger look.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING NECK LIFT RECOVERY?
The downtime and recovery period will depend on whether you have undergone a stand-alone or combination treatment. The aftercare process for an isolated neck lift is similar to facelift surgery, with swelling, bruising and tightness at the core of your discomfort. However, since the neck is easier to hide than the face, recovery is slightly less involved. The neck takes approximately one to two weeks to heal and six to eight weeks for results to fully mature.
For a combination face and neck lift, the recovery process will be slightly longer and more involved. However, once the sites have healed, the result will be a complete rejuvenation of the face and neck that blends naturally and smoothly across your entire profile. No matter your choice of procedure, Dr Choy takes every measure to ensure you are adequately prepared and informed of what to expect throughout recovery. He will walk you through how to manage any pain and care for the surgical sites to ensure minimal complications and optimal results.
NECK LIFT RESULTS
A neck lift with Dr Choy addresses telltale signs of ageing in the neck and, as part of an overall facial rejuvenation plan, ensures the neck and face remain in harmony. Dr Choy aims to achieve a slimmer, more refined appearance that preserves a natural look rather than producing an overly taut, ‘pulled’ appearance. The results of this procedure can last many years for those who lead a healthy lifestyle and use the right products and treatments to maintain their skin.
However, even with all appropriate measures taken, skin is bound to continue ageing, and the benefits of a neck lift may lessen over time. Many patients are happy with their results for the remainder of their lives. Others will choose to undergo an additional procedure down the line. Dr Choy does his best to ensure that your neck lift helps you age gracefully for as long as possible.
NECK LIFT SURGERY PATIENT STORY
“I’m 63 years old and have felt self-conscious about my neck for the past ten years,” recounts a recent neck lift patient. “My neck aged quicker than any other part of my body. It got to the point where I was wearing scarves every day to hide my turkey neck – I struggled in summer! By the time I was ready to do something about it, my face also needed some work. I was tired of feeling self-conscious about my appearance. I just wanted to feel refreshed.”
The woman, whose situation is far from unique, decided to undergo a combination surgery to address all her concern areas at once. She began her search for a surgeon who could revitalise her face and neck and restore confidence in her appearance.
When performed by a qualified, highly experienced surgeon, neck lift surgery can dramatically improve the definition of your neck and jawline. For patients who combine this with facelift surgery, the results are often transformative.
Dr Ellis Choy is one of Sydney’s leading plastic and cosmetic surgeons. He builds strong relationships with his patients and boasts an exceptional aesthetic vision for creating beautiful, personally satisfying results. He is dedicated to the patient experience and performs every procedure with the utmost care, service and proficiency. Drawing on advanced surgical skill and unparalleled artistry, Dr Choy performs neck lift surgery to restore the balance between the face and neck, allowing patients to look and feel their best at every stage of life. If you would like to learn more or find out if you are a candidate for neck lift surgery, call Ellis Choy Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery in Northbridge, NSW, on 02 8962 9388 to schedule your consultation today.