Non-Surgical Neck Lift vs. Neck Liposuction: Which One Is Right for You?


Neck rejuvenation is a topic of increasing interest in the aesthetics world. While we have long had a plethora of options for facial plastic surgery and non-surgical skin treatments like lasers, we are now seeing a surge in options for the neck, chin and jawline.

Dr Choy offers a range of both surgical and non-surgical procedures for neck enhancement. In a previous article, we broke down the differences between neck lift surgery and the non-surgical neck lift procedure MyEllevate. Today, we’re exploring how MyEllevate compares to neck liposuction.

The first thing to consider is what you’re looking to accomplish. Is your primary goal to reduce fat? Liposuction is designed for exactly that. Is your main concern loose skin and a lack of definition? MyEllevate may be the procedure you’re looking for.

But what else should factor into your decision? Let’s delve into both techniques, comparing their process, recovery times, risks and more, all aimed at helping you make an educated decision.

For Fat Reduction: Neck Liposuction

Some parts of our bodies are genetically predisposed to storing fat, no matter how dedicated we are to diet and exercise. Liposuction is a type of surgical body contouring procedure that reduces excess fat in specific, localised areas. By removing fat cells from under the chin and along the jawline, neck liposuction aims to give the neck a more streamlined appearance.


The neck liposuction procedure involves:

  • Local or general anaesthesia, based on individual needs and the complexity of the procedure
  • Small incisions placed under the chin or behind the ears
  • Insertion of a cannula (thin tube) through the incisions to break up fat cells and suction them out
  • Meticulous suturing to close the incisions


Recovery is a critical step in any surgical procedure. Following neck liposuction, patients can expect:

  • Downtime from work and social activities, lasting approximately one week
  • Moderate discomfort, bruising and swelling that gradually subsides
  • Wearing a chin strap or compression garment for three to four weeks to reduce swelling
  • Temporary restrictions on strenuous exercise and activities
  • Follow-up appointments with Dr Choy to monitor healing and results

Risks and Complications 

Even when neck liposuction is performed by a qualified specialist plastic surgeon, there are risks and potential complications to consider, such as:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding or haematoma
  • Scarring
  • Adverse reaction to anaesthesia
  • Fat embolism
  • Asymmetry or irregular contours


The typical neck liposuction candidate is seeking to address pockets of fat in the neck area that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction is particularly effective for people with good skin elasticity, as this allows the skin to redrape nicely over the new contours.

For Skin Tightening: MyEllevate

For those seeking rejuvenation without the extended downtime and risks of surgery, MyEllevate offers a cutting-edge non-surgical option to refresh the neck region. This innovative technique uses a suture suspension system to lift the skin, muscle and glands of the neck, creating a tighter and smoother contour and a more defined jawline. 


The MyEllevate procedure involves:

  • Local anaesthesia, mitigating the need for general anaesthesia and its associated risks
  • Small puncture entry points instead of traditional linear incisions
  • A specialised suture woven underneath the skin to form a supportive sling for the neck tissues
  • Closure of the punctures with medical adhesive


The recovery period for MyEllevate is relatively quick and comfortable compared to a surgical procedure. Patients can expect:

  • Minimal downtime, with many patients able to resume regular activities within a few days
  • Mild swelling, tightness and tenderness for several days post-treatment
  • Activity restrictions for approximately 10 to 14 days
  • Wearing a neck collar or chin strap to assist the healing process
  • Follow-up visits with Dr Choy to monitor healing progress and results

Risks and Complications 

MyEllevate is generally considered a lower-risk option than more invasive surgical procedures. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are some possible risks to consider, including:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Persistent inflammation
  • Asymmetry or undercorrection


MyEllevate is intended for individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity and loss of definition in the neck and jawline region. Ideal candidates are seeking subtle improvements without an invasive procedure or the downtime, discomfort and risks that come with surgical intervention.

MyEllevate vs. Neck Liposuction: A Side-by-Side Comparison 

Both MyEllevate and neck liposuction offer unique benefits, and understanding the differences can help you make an informed choice that aligns with your individual needs. To simplify the decision-making process, we’ve compiled a side-by-side comparison highlighting key aspects of each procedure. Keep these points in mind as you consider your options.


Neck Liposuction


  • Non-surgical approach using a suture system to lift and smooth the neck area
  • Local anaesthesia
  • Approximately one hour to perform
  • Surgical removal of excess fat from the neck, chin and jawline
  • Local or general anaesthesia
  • Typically one to two hours to perform


  • Small puncture marks that are inconspicuous
  • Incisions made; potential for more visible scarring


  • Limited downtime, typically only a few days off work
  • Chin strap worn after procedure
  • Strenuous physical activities suspended for 10 to 14 days
  • One to two weeks off work
  • Chin strap worn after procedure
  • Light exercise resumed two weeks post-op; gradual resumption of vigorous exercise

Risks and Complications

  • Generally fewer risks; may include minor bleeding or infection
  • Includes more significant risks associated with surgery


  • Generally less expensive due to the non-surgical technique
  • Higher costs due to surgical nature and use of general anaesthesia

Longevity and Results

  • Long-lasting but less durable over time and less dramatic effects
  • Suitable for mild to moderate concerns related to skin laxity
  • Can achieve more lasting and substantial changes in neck contour
  • Suitable for concerns related to the accumulation of excess fat

Informed Decisions Start With Experienced Advice

Choosing a procedure that will match your aesthetic goals requires professional guidance. A one-on-one consultation with Sydney specialist plastic surgeon Dr Ellis Choy offers you the opportunity for a physical examination, a discussion of your objectives and a careful review of all the factors involved in tailoring your treatment plan. 

Dr Choy’s experience with both MyEllevate and neck liposuction makes him a knowledgeable partner in your aesthetic experience. His expertise enables him to offer sophisticated advice, weighing the advantages and limitations of each treatment option in relation to your specific anatomy and goals. This thorough approach helps ensure you receive a treatment plan that is not only personalised but also medically sound.

Schedule Your Assessment With Dr Ellis Choy

When it comes to aesthetic procedures, no decision should be taken lightly. Navigating your options requires guidance, precision and a deep understanding of the human form. Dr Choy brings years of experience and a nuanced approach to every consultation, ensuring that you’re not just another case, but cared for as an individual with unique aesthetic goals.

To take the next step, contact Dr Choy’s practice and schedule your consultation today.