What is neck lift surgery?

Neck lift surgery, known as a lower rhytidectomy, is a popular plastic surgery procedure designed to improve signs of ageing by removing excess skin and lifting the loose skin around the neck and jaw area to create a youthful and refreshed appearance.

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Surgery Time

1 - 3 hours

Time Off

2 weeks



Full Recovery

4 to 6 weeks

Benefits of having neck lift surgery

One of the reasons many people choose to have neck lift surgery is to conceal the effects of ageing as a neck lift helps to define the neck and jawline. Weight loss is a big factor for choosing this procedure as weight loss can result in excess skin due to a lack of elasticity. More benefits to having the surgery are:

  • Restores confidence
  • Results are natural and subtle
  • Procedure can complement other cosmetic surgery
  • Scarring is easily concealed
  • Long-lasting

Look Younger

Make yourself look younger

Increase self-confidence

Increased self-confidence and self esteem

If neck lift surgery sounds like the perfect procedure for you and you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact us below for a consultation with James Wokes

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Frequently Asked Questions

Undergoing plastic surgery is a major decision and you must be aware of what the treatment entails. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions people ask before making a final decision.

During neck lift surgery, you will be under general anaesthesia which means you won’t feel anything. Local anaesthetic will be used during the procedure to minimise pain when you wake up. During your recovery you may experience swelling and bruising as well as feel some discomfort when wearing compression support. However, the pain will be managed with pain relief provided to you by Mr Wokes and his team.

Discrete incisions are made to allow for excess skin to be pulled upwards and backwards creating a defined jawline shape. The skin is tightened reducing the number of wrinkles and creases. Excess skin is removed, and skin is repositioned and secured in the new position.

Recovery time can take up to 6 weeks for swellings and bruising to subside. Mr Wokes will discuss the measures you should take to ensure optimal results.

Neck lift surgery can take up to 2 hours and maybe longer if combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures. Neck lifts can also be performed when having facelift surgery and liposuction. 

You may be asked to stay in the hospital, especially if you have had general anaesthetic and multiple procedures.

When considering neck lift cosmetic surgery it is important to note that a neck lift may be a restorative surgery, but it will not change your appearance. It also cannot stop the process of ageing, only slow or prolong the ageing process down.

Neck lift surgery is a long-term procedure. Results can last up to 15 years ensuring results are maintained such as good skin care treatment, a good diet and lifestyle choices such as not smoking.

Following a neck lift procedure proper aftercare will help you achieve the full results of a neck lift, so it is important to wear the right compression garments for the first week. A chin strap should be worn during the first two weeks if you are wanting a sharper jawline definition.

Depending on the type of procedure you are having, the cost can vary. If you are having multiple cosmetic surgeries then the cost may be higher. During a consultation, Mr Wokes will explain the procedure and cost for the type of results you are wanting and whether multiple procedures are the best option for you.

Neck lift surgery is an invasive surgical procedure but done correctly it is completely safe. All surgical procedures should be performed by a registered medical professional with adequate training. Mr Wokes has a sub-specialist interest Head and Neck surgery and has completed extensive training.

Cosmetic procedures must be performed by a medical professional who is registered and has the right to practice. You can check they are registered through the general medical council.

You can also find out more information about cosmetic procedures through BAPRAS and BAAPS