A neck lift is a surgical procedure where the two neck muscles under the chin are sewn together to elevate the skin of the jowls, jawline and neck.
Typically in neck lift surgery, excess fat will be removed, then the muscles in the neck below the chin will be sewn together. A small amount of liposuction may be done at the same time. Incisions in the skin around the ears and below the chin allow the doctor to access the muscles and cartilage, which often need to be altered when performing a neck lift. Excess skin from the neck is moved towards the ears and whatever skin is left over is removed.
Downtime to healing following a neck lift operation can be a number of weeks. In addition, risks associated with undergoing a general anaesthetic procedure apply. In some cases, if the stitching of the muscles is too tight, the operation may result in an ‘over-corrected’ neck, which can cause pain and form unnatural creases.