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Neck Lift Surgery

The shape of a neck in a young Female and  strong jaw line in a Male cannot be underestimated. For centuries sculpters and painters have depicted beauty with these features. The first signs of ageing in some people distort this contour. A Neck Lift is the solution for a “turkey neck” or neck with loose skin, wrinkles and platysma bands that cause the neck to lose shape. At Artiste Plastic Surgery patients have sought a Neck Lift to restore the transition from Face to Neck. This results in a more defined neck line  from every angle.

Technically A Neck Lift is a plastic surgery procedure that may be performed alone but is often part of a Facelift procedure with an additional small incision under the chin. The neck muscles, glands and fat are repositioned through this access incision to produce a neck line.

At Artiste Plastic Surgery a neck lift is performed for the following reasons:

  • As part of a facelift procedure
  • To re shape the neck
  • To form a acute cervico-mental angle (Chin and Neck relationship)
  • To address active Platysma bands
  • To create a more defined neck
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Learn about the types of facelift procedures Dr Jack Zoumaras offers and why patients commonly consider a neck lift.

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Neck Lift Alone

In few cases a patient may seek only a neck lift to address:

  • Cervical skin laxity
  • Fat deposits in the neck region

This can be achieved with liposuction alone with the addition of a sub-mental and/or short post-auricular incision to address excess cervical laxity.

Neck Lift as Part of a Facelift

A sub-mental incision (in addition to the facelift incision) is used to access the neck structures. The following can be performed depending on anatomy and age changes:

  • Removal of fat (Supra-platysma, Sub-platysma)
  • Trimming of Digastric muscles
  • Trimming of Submandibular gland
  • Platsymaplasty (suturing of muscle together)
  • Platsyma-myotomy (incising of the muscle to rid of active bands)
  • Removal of excess skin through the facelift incision
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3-4 hr Procedure

1 night in hospital

2 weeks unsociable​

Qualified facelift plastic surgeon:

- World-trained Dr Jack Zoumaras
- Qualified Anaesthetist, Accredited hospital

Results: Firmer skin, get rid of loose skin, fat and loose muscle and/or gland.

Investment in yourself

Necklift surgery risks include bleeding, nerve weakness, scarring and more

You will feel:

*Level V Evidence: How you will feel after plastic surgery varies between individuals depending on psychological and physical factors, our internal research is based on how patients in our practice feel after surgery. This research is pending publication-details to follow.

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The Anatomy of Ageing

To understand how best to lift the face, one must have a deep and thorough understanding of the anatomy of ageing. This ensures that your
Neck Lift results will not be “plastic”, but natural, and well defined.
World-trained Face and Neck lift surgeon, Dr Jack Zoumaras, is a peer reviewed Plastic Surgeon, and knows how to respect your anatomy to meet your neck goals.

The Face/Neck consists of 5 concentric layers that differ in consistency in different parts of the face.

  • Layer 1 is Skin which is thickest around the cheek and nose, and thinnest on the eyelids and temple.
  • Layer 2 is Fat which is prominent around the cheeks and negligible in the eyelids (the fatty “bags” that we see under the eyelids comes from a deeper layer (deeper even than Layer 5).
  • Layer 3 is the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS), a muscle layer that allows us to be humans, it is responsible for allowing us to talk, smile, whistle, sing, open and close our eyes, and for all facial animations. The SMAS in the neck of the platysma layer.
  • Layer 4 is a space that contains Ligaments, Facial nerves and Vessels. The ligament holds the upper three layers and rests on Layer 5. The ligament is at its thickest in Layer 4 and branches into the dermis of the skin, akin to fine branches of a tree.
  • Layer 5 is bone where the ligament holding up the facial anatomy resides on (Cheek and Jaw bones). In the cheek and neck there is no bone and it is deep fascia that is representative of layer 5. Layer 5 in the neck is the deep cervical fascia.

Necklift Anatomy and Skin Layers

As the Neck ages it undergoes changes in all 5 layers. The overlying skin (Layer 1) can loosen causing wrinkles. Some patients deposit more fat (Layer 2) in their necks, that results in a double chin or “turkey neck”. In Layer 3, the muscle loosens and the ligament (Layer 4) that holds the structures above, also weakens. This results in the skin falling and muscle becoming a loose structure much like an oversize sheet on a bed that has no structure. This results in the lack of a defined neck-line, and no sharpness to the neck profile. The ligament that sits on the mandible, falls as part of facial ageing, and this not only results in jowling, but the facial skin further pushes the neck skin down. In some patients the muscle in the neck can undergo banding that results in the neck appearing as if there are strings when you are talking. Facial Anatomy - Platysmal Bands

A Neck Lift by Dr Jack Zoumaras at Artiste Plastic Surgery will reverse the changes due to ageing in Layers 1 – 5, to ensure that you have a sharpened and defined neck profile that looks amazingly natural, and not fake. Having a unique and technical understanding of the anatomy of the ageing process, takes years of training and experience, and it is this, combined with Surgical Finesse, that enables Dr Jack Zoumaras to ensure that your Neck lift gives you the best possible results.

Some of our patients have never had a strong jawline, even in their youth, and this is an anatomical genetic variant of having a weaker jaw bone. This can be addressed during a Neck Lift through the use of Structural fat grafting along the jaw line or use of a chin implant.

Necklift Options

A Neck Lift is performed by making an incision behind the ear and along the posterior hairline and combining this with a small incision under the chin.
The chin incision allows access to the front of the neck to trim glands, tighten muscle and remove fat if necessary. The excess skin is excised through the ear incisions laterally along with the muscle to restore a more defined neck region .

Adding a Neck Lift to a Face Lift is a complimentary procedure for the entire face.
A Facelift involves an incision in front of the ear and along the hairline in the temple. Continuing the incision behind the ear and adding an extra incision under the chin allows the Neck to be lifted during the same procedure.

A Facelift can also be combined with a Neck Lift by extending the Neck Incision in front of the ear and along the temporal hairline.

Combining a Neck Lift with a Facelift or vice versa, at Artiste Plastic Surgery, results, in having a more defined neck line, and lifted face. Our patients aim are to feel positive their face and neck .

Our Deep Plane Neck Lift at Artiste Plastic Surgery involves trimming and adjusting the muscle and skin, and also the deep submandibular glands and digastric muscles. In the experienced hands of Neck Lift surgeon Dr Jack Zoumaras the anterior digastric muscle and submandibular glands can be operated along with the platysma muscle and the skin tightened, to give you a defined Neck lift.

The Neck Lift will give you the best possible neck line.

Our Neck Lift at Artiste Plastic Surgery involves operating on the neck by removing excess skin and tightening the underlying muscle. When combined with a Facelift the results can meet your goals.

An Artiste Neck liposuction involves operating on the neck with liposuction through tiny incisions under the chin. This procedure is suitable for patients that have mainly superficial fat.

Lifting the upper face with a Ponytail lift or eyelid surgery or brow lift can be combined with a liposuction of the Neck to define the neck line at the same time. Both these procedures fall just short of a full face and neck lift procedure.

Common Concerns

The procedure will be illustrated in detail and you will be given a detailed instruction sheet on expected post-operative course and potential complications during your consultation with Dr Jack Zoumaras.

It is recommended that you are a stable weight for at least 3-6 months to obtain the best possible results.

It is advised to stop smoking at least 6 weeks before and after surgery.

Results vary and are illustrated as a guide only. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. These risks will be discussed with you in detail. A second opinion is beneficial and advised.

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The Artiste Ultimate Neck Lift not only restores your neck to what it was, but it can also enhance it’s features particularly if you have always struggled with a neck line.  This is because the submandibular glands and digastric muscles that contribute to an obtuse neckline can be trimmed. A chin implant or bone substitute can also be used to enhance the jaw line. This will ensure you look great from every angle and position.

An Artiste Signature Neck Lift involves restoring your neck to what it was by removing excess skin, fat and tightening the neck muscles

A Neck Lift is performed by placing an incision behind the ear and along the posterior hairline to gain access to the lateral part of the neck. A further small incision is made under the chin to remove fat, remove excess glandular tissue and tighten the muscle to form an internal firm neck layer. Loose skin is then excised through the incision behind the ear.

The Neck Lift will give you confidence in your new sharp profile.

A mini neck lift is where we perform liposuction to sculpt the neck and then add a small incision under the chin to tighten the platysma muscle. This is suitable for select patients.

A Neck Sculpt involves liposuction to contour and sculpt your neck line.

Yes this is what we call a Pony Tail Lift Plus.

Yes you can add eyelid surgery to your neck lift

Yes, extending the Neck Lift incision will allow the lower face and specifically jowl to be lifted. This is commonly done and requested by our patients.

A neck lift is a plastic surgery procedure and all procedures have risks. Dr Jack Zoumaras is a qualified Plastic Surgeon and will ensure the best safety possible. This includes operating in an accredited hospital with accredited anaesthetists. The neck structures present will be protected and you can rest assured that Dr Jack Zoumaras is a trained surgeon and will look after you. You are required to stay in hospital for one night.

Your Neck will feel tight because of the internal muscle work to restore your neck line. The tightness can last between 2-6 weeks.

A Neck Lift will last 10 years. After 10 years you would have anatomical changes of ageing but your neck will still look better than before you had your lift.

You can jog after 10 days and run after 4 weeks.

A Neck Lift will take 3 weeks to recover and return to work and normal social activities. An earlier return is possible, depending on the patient.

A Neck Lift is an overnight stay procedure that requires at least 14 days of downtime at home.

The anatomy of the ageing face applies to the neck as the layers are continuous. A neck lift is complementary to a facelift but it does not need to be done at the same time. This is a personal choice based on the outcome you want and the financial investment you want to make. From an operative point of view it will take an additional 90 minutes and you will have a slightly longer incision.

Dr Jack Zoumaras, is a peer reviewed Specialist Plastic Surgeon, and he knows how to respect your anatomy to transform your Neck. A Neck Lift in Sydney by Dr Jack Zoumaras can cost anywhere from between 25-30k for the surgical fee alone. A Neck Lift like any surgery is tailored to the patient's anatomy and desires. During your consultation Face expert and Neck Lift Surgeon Dr Jack Zoumaras of Artiste Plastic Surgery will assess your neck and offer at least two solutions to address the neck area to give you a sharp profile and youthful neck line.

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