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Neck Lift

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift, also known as a platysmaplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the neck and reduce the signs of ageing and weight loss.

When is a neck lift desirable?

A neck lift procedure can help to:

  • Tighten loose skin
  • Remove excess fat
  • Reduce a double chin
  • Reduce jowls
  • Define the jaw line
  • Treat a “turkey gobbler” neck
  • Reduce the appearance of stringy muscle cords that run the length of the neck.

How is a neck lift performed?

A range of neck lift procedures are available and the procedure recommended by your Specialist Plastic Surgeon depends on the muscle tone, skin elasticity and body fat in the patient’s neck area.

Depending on the desired effect, the patient may have one or more different neck lift procedures performed during the same operation.

The surgery is performed in Perth in a fully-accredited hospital under general anaesthesia. The surgery can be performed as a day procedure or alternatively with a short hospital stay, depending on your general health and the extent of the procedure. A procedure may take between one and three hours, depending on the amount of surgery required.

Will the procedure leave any scars?

Most neck lift procedures require incisions. Whenever possible, the surgeon makes the incisions within the skin’s natural folds so that scarring will be less noticeable.

What results can I expect?

After neck lift surgery, many patients report that the neck and jaw line look about five to 10 years younger. The results of a neck lift typically last up to 10 years, however, your surgeon is the best person to determine whether your expectations are achievable.

When can I resume normal activities?

Most patients feel well enough to return to work within two weeks. Avoid sports or other strenuous activities for at least six weeks. You may have to wear post-surgical compression garments to reduce swelling and assist with the healing process. Complete healing and recovery may take a few months.

How much does this procedure cost?

Please contact us online or call us on (08) 9380 0333 and one of our medical secretaries can provide you with more information. Please note that pricing does vary from case to case.


The Australian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) is a helpful and reliable source of information online. Their website is an excellent place to research a range of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, and view video animations. Click here to visit their website.