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Neck lift

This website is intended to provide you with general information only. This information is not a substitute for advice from your Specialist Plastic Surgeon and does not contain all the known facts about this procedure.

Procedure Details

Neck-lift plastic surgery can be performed in a variety of ways, depending on the needs of the individual.

Three possible neck-lift procedures include:

  • liposuction
  • cervicoplasty
  • platysmaplasty

Typically, a neck-lift will include liposuction to remove fat. Cervicoplasty may be included to remove excess skin, and platysmaplasty to remove or tighten neck muscles: a process that gets rid of unwanted band lines.

A neck-lift may also be part of a combination treatment plan, in conjunction with a forehead lift, facelift, or eyelid surgery. For a less invasive alternative, you may want to investigate the micro neck-lift. Neck lift is performed under general anaesthetic and the surgery takes 2–3 hours.


If your neck-lift requires liposuction to remove excess fat, the liposuction procedure is typically performed first. An incision will be made below the chin to remove the excess fat deposits.

The fat deposits will be removed by inserting a small cannula (a hollow tube with an opening near its blunt end) beneath the skin and into the fatty tissue. The cannula is used to break up the fat, and then remove it from the neck area. A bandage will be applied to reduce swelling and discomfort.

The doctor may also apply a bandage around your neck and head.


The cervicoplasty procedure is performed to remove excess skin on the neck. An incision is made under your chin and behind the ears (or possibly in just one of these locations). The surgeon will then cut back and lift the skin, which will be secured with permanent sutures or a special type of permanent adhesive glue.

A bandage and tape will be applied to the incision locations to reduce swelling and discomfort. An elastic bandage will be applied to your neck and head.


The platysmaplasty procedure is performed to reduce the banded appearance of the neck. During the procedure, incisions will be made under the chin or behind the ears, or both. The surgeon will then insert a tiny instrument to either remove a portion of specific neck muscles or realign them, which will tighten the middle area of the neck.

The doctor will permanently suture areas of the muscles in order to clasp them in the best position. A bandage and tape will be applied across the chin or behind the ears (or both) to reduce swelling and discomfort. An elastic bandage will be wrapped around the neck and head.

Am I a good candidate for neck lift?

The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider neck lift:

  • patients that have moderate to advanced signs of aging in the neck,
  • patients with significant neck fat and excess skin,
  • patients who have lost significant weight and have substantial neck skin sagging.

In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:

  • Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before undergoing surgery to promote better healing
  • Pharmaceuticals containing acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin, and Anopyrin etc.) should not be used for 2 weeks before the Ear Correction cosmetic surgery, as they decrease clotting time of blood
  • Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery.


in Hospital
It will be necessary to stay overnight at the clinic, normally for 2 nights and this is included in the price of your surgery.

in Budapest
Required minimum stay in Budapest 9 days after the surgery, recommended is 10–14 days depending on the extent of the surgery chosen.

Your neck, jaw, and ears may be bruised and continue to swell for up to ten days. At one week, you will have another appointment to have stitches removed. Light exercise will likely be allowed at 1-2 weeks after surgery. Avoid strenuous activity until 4-6 weeks after surgery.