Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty)

Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty)


Ideal candidates include men and women, 40 to 80 years of age, who wish to correct:

  • Sun or wind damaged neck skin
  • Double or triple chin – fat under the chin
  • Turkey wattle neck – loose, slack neck skin
  • Jowls – fat or too much skin under the jaws
  • Excess neck fat or neck skin

Candidates should also be in good physical and mental health, and have realistic expectations of what the procedure will achieve. It is recommended that patients still have some skin elasticity as well.


Loose, sagging and baggy skin under the neck can be the result of losing a lot of weight, heredity or just plain old aging. In any case, if you have it, you know how unattractive it looks and how all of that excess skin under your neck adds years to your appearance. There are a number of procedures available to enhance the appearance of the neck. They range from very minimal in-office treatments with no down time, to more invasive procedures requiring anaesthesia and time off for recovery. Aging of the neck is usually a combination of loose skin and muscle and some excess fat.

Operating Time:

2 hours.

Procedure and Incisions:

Sometimes called a cervicoplasty or neck lift with platysmaplasty, the procedure will last two to three hours. An incision in front of and/or behind your ears and possibly small incision under your chin. These incisions allow access to the platysma (neck muscle) and any fat in the neck. The neck muscles can then be tightened and any excess fat removed.

Once the muscle has been tightened and any excess fat removed the skin is re-draped over the neck. Any excess skin is removed and the incisions are closed with sutures. Most people can return to work in 10 to14 days. If you participate in other sports or are physically active, you will have to wait at least three weeks–if not longer–to resume those activities.

There will be a small amount of swelling and bruising that can last for several days. You may feel tightness or tingling and different sensations including burning or pulling. You also will experience areas of numbness on the skin. These are all very normal in the first few weeks following surgery and should not be cause for concern.


General Anesthesia


One day stay


The recovery time for patients is usually three to four weeks but this will definitely vary from patient to patient. There are some patients who are able to go back to work after a couple of days although this is not recommended. Your surgeon will advise you to focus your body’s energies on healing instead of doing work. It is not advised to do any strenuous activities for the first two months after the surgery.


As with all cosmetic surgeries, some risk is involved with neck lift surgery, although very little. It is important to discuss your medical history, including any existing conditions. Patients may experience some side effects, such as swelling, bruising, tingling, or numbness, which subside a few days after the surgery. Your surgeon will inform you of proper aftercare instructions, so you can best avoid any possible complications.

Duration of Results:

Several years.