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What is Neck Lift Surgery - Dr Patrick Briggs
  • Is your neckline losing definition?
  • Does it blend into your chin at an angle?
  • Do you miss a firmer jawline and less sagging neck?

What is Neck Lift Surgery?

Neck Lift Surgery or lower rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure that involves lifting and tightening the skin of your neck to achieve the desired firmness and shape. It results in a smoother and more harmonious look by highlighting its contours.

The neck is one of the first regions to show significant ageing signs. Due to its visibility, it is a common cause of patient dissatisfaction.

Changes in the neck most often involve a combination of fat deposits, excess skin folds, and muscle relaxation (platysma). This causes the skin to become relaxed, wrinkled, dry and loses elasticity.

The skin of the neck suffers from the same external influences as the skin of the face. Unfortunately, much less attention is paid to the neck area, which is why most women’s neck skin is in worse condition than facial skin. This is why a Neck Lift is often combined with a Facelift and other rejuvenation techniques and procedures.

By performing a Neck lift Dr Briggs can improve a patient’s natural appearance without visible scars. Patients look younger, feel better, and the surgery results can last up to 10 years.

Good Candidate for Neck Lift - Dr Patrick Briggs

Am I a good candidate?

Since the ageing process manifests on each of us individually, the age optimal for performing a Neck Lift varies.

However, the period that is considered suitable for performing this procedure in most people is between 40 and 60 years of age.

The following signs are common in patients that want to undergo Neck Lift Surgery;

  • Wrinkles
  • Saggy skin excess
  • Fat deposits
  • Unnatural contours
  • Thicker neck
  • Prominent neck bands
  • The double chin
  • A ‘chook’ neck (wobbly skin hanging down beneath the chin and jawline)

If you dislike looking at photos of yourself especially from the side, feel less attractive because of the appearance of your neck, and suffer from low self-confidence as a result, you may be a good candidate for Neck Lift Surgery.

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Benefits of Neck Lift

The goal of Neck Lift Surgery is to achieve a rejuvenated appearance of your neck. Most patients look younger after surgery and feel happier with their side-view profile look.

Creating a more defined jawline and neck area often results in an increase in self-confidence.

While a Neck Lift can take years off your appearance it is important to emphasize that a Neck Lift doesn’t stop ageing. In other words, the results are not permanent.

Neck Lift Surgical Procedure - Dr Patric Briggs

Neck Lift Surgical Procedure

The duration of the surgery can range between one and five hours, depending on the extent and specific needs of each patient.

Surgeons may choose to do Neck Lift Surgery under either local or general anaesthesia. The surgery consists of tightening the relaxed platysma muscle and removing excess skin.

Liposuction can also be an integral part of the procedure and if necessary it would be the first step of the procedure.

Then, the skin is brought together and held with sutures either behind the ear or under the chin. This helps reduces the visibility of the incision.

In the case where the skin of the neck is extremely relaxed, the cuts are extended 2 to 4 cm along the edge of the hairline. However, they are still well hidden.

Neck Lift is not a painful surgical procedure, but a mild feeling of discomfort is common. Dr Patrick Briggs will prescribe appropriate medication to manage pain.

It is common for a Neck Lift to be done in combination with Face Lifting and other facial rejuvenation procedures. If this is the case, Dr Briggs will discuss the appropriate surgical method during the first consultation.

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Recovery after Neck Lift Surgery

For the first 24 hours after the Neck Lift Surgery, it is important to wear a compressive, elastic bandage for your neck. Also, it is recommendable to sleep with your head and shoulders elevated for at least 7 days after the Neck Lift Surgery.

Many patients develop swelling during this period, which gradually recedes over the coming weeks. Some light bruising may also occur.

Removal of sutures will occur approximately seven days after the operation. However, you should expect to take  2 to 3 weeks away from work and normal activities so you can heal. Even then, it’s important patients avoid exercise and other demanding physical activities for another 4-6 weeks.

Due to possible complications, which include bleeding and skin infections, it is necessary to follow the doctor’s instructions and attend regular check-ups.

Minimizing Scars for Neck Lift - Dr Patrick Briggs

Minimising Scars

It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars, including ‘so-called’ scarless methods.

Experienced plastic surgeons are extremely careful about scar placement and minimisation, with surgical scars generally fading over time with most scars being barely visible after 12 months.

We will arrange weekly post-op appointments with our specialist nursing team after your procedure to ensure everything is healing well and to monitor your progress.

You will see your surgeon and/or nurse and/or dermal team about six to eight weeks later for a scar consultation and organise scar minimisation treatments.

The Coco Ruby dermal team conducts a series of follow-up scar treatments using a customised selection of Skin Needling, Healite II LED and massaging with oils,  Fraxel Laser, V-Laser, Silicone strips & gels and Steroids can also help minimise scars. Ask the Coco Ruby Team!

Note – The length of your recovery period will depend on your procedure and your health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary from person to person – resting helps healing.

Please avoid subjecting your incision to abrasion or excessive stresses during the recovery period.

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Neck Lift FAQs

Will I have to take pain medications after Neck Lift Surgery?

  • Most patients take pain medications for 24-48 hours to manage the pain.

Can makeup disguise scarring?

  • Yes, light makeup can successfully hide the scarring in the first weeks after the surgery.

How bad suture removal is? Does it hurt?

  • There is natural numbness present along the incision so the suture removal should be painless.

Are the incision scars easily noticeable?

  • Our Specialist Surgeons make the incisions in the area where they are hardly noticeable. As time goes and you heal, your scars gradually fade away.

Can patients in their 20s undergo a Neck Lift Surgery?

  • It is advisable for younger patients to try out non-surgical methods before considering Neck Lift.

Neck Lift Surgery Cost

Every patient is different, therefore the prices vary. You will be given a price quote after your first consultation.

Your Neck Lift Surgery quote will include your surgeon’s fee, anesthetist’s fee, perhaps a surgical assistant fee, and the hospital fees.


Funding Neck Lift Surgery – Medicare, Payment Plans and Super

Some Neck Lift procedures may be eligible for Medicare.

Purely cosmetic Neck Lift procedures are usually NOT covered by Medicare or private health insurance so you must fund the cost of the surgery yourself.

Many patients ask about payment options and medical finance – You can learn more about payment options for funding your Neck Lift procedure on our Funding Surgery page here.

Your super fund may also be able to help pay for your procedure in certain circumstances – visit the Super for Surgery page to find out about early release of super on compassionate grounds.


How to find the best Neck Lift Surgeon in Melbourne

Your surgical results will depend on the surgeon you choose. Since neck lift is a major procedure, you’ll need a top neck lift plastic surgeon. A reputable neck lift surgeon has the following qualities:

  • A Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is a Member of ASPS5 star online reviews from patients.
  • Extensive experience in different types of neck lift.
  • Patient Before and After Photos .
  • Empathy and caring with recovery and aftercare.
  • A great support team with long term follow up.

Complications and Risks of Neck lift

Complications and Risks are usually temporary. If swelling, bruising and bruising occur, they subside after a week or two.

Fortunately, if the procedure is performed by a skilled Specialist Surgeon, the procedure and recovery are safe and comfortable.

However, like every other surgical procedure, Neck Lift Surgery also comes with certain risks and possible complications:

  • Noticeable scarring
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Hematoma
  • Bad reaction to anesthetics
  • Pain
  • Severe bruising
  • Unsatisfactory results

Commonly combined surgery

A Neck Lift can be performed on its own or in combination with other surgical procedures such as liposuction. Neck Lift can also be performed with a procedure on another part of the body – for example, breast and tummy surgery is commonly combined as a Mummy Makeover.

As a guide, it is best not to exceed a total of 4-6 hours of surgery and also to work on associated parts of the breast, body or face. See the BLOG on Combining Different Surgeries.

Your Surgical Journey


Before the surgery, you will have a conversation with Dr Patrick Briggs about the expectations, goals, risks, and complications of the Surgery.

Also, you will undergo a thorough medical health check-up to minimize the risks and improve the results.

Your doctor will explain possible complications, inform you about preoperative preparation, what tests and laboratory findings are needed, what to avoid before surgery, and how to behave after surgery.


Most often, an incision is made under the chin and/or behind the ears to gain access to the platysma muscle responsible for the unwanted neck appearance.

The operation is possible under local or general anaesthesia.


Postoperatively, you will report for regular check-ups in agreement with Dr Briggs.

Dr Briggs will compare and analyse the results of the surgery. Neck Lift surgery results can last up to ten years.

You will have to follow post-surgery instructions carefully to improve the results and reduce recovery time. Refraining from pools, baths, strenuous exercise, alcohol, and smoking can improve your recovery and results.

Like all other types of surgery, otoplasty comes with the risk of bleeding, infection, and bad reactions to anaesthesia. Typically, for healthy candidates who follow pre-surgery and post-op instructions, risks are minimal.

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Why Choose Us?

Our Plastic Surgeons at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery are experts at reducing signs of ageing skin on facial appearances. They use the latest advanced surgical techniques, meaning your result will still be natural looking and harmonious with your overall appearance

We have several facial surgeons to choose from including Dr Patrick Briggs (FRCS) in Melbourne, and Dr Richard Sackelariou (in Sydney, with some facial rejuvenation options in Melbourne).

Our Melbourne based, fully-qualified Plastic Surgeons primarily operate at accredited major hospitals in Melbourne. They use only experienced anaesthetists and a top team of surgical support staff.

We are an Australia wide Specialist Plastic Surgeons Group, with the appropriate qualifications and members of recognized associations.

Look for members of FRCS, ASPS, ASAPS, or ISAPS as some of the Qualifications of your Plastic Surgeon.

Neck Lift is a highly specialised field, so the choice of the right surgeon with Neck Lift expertise can deeply impact the results you are looking for.

Dr Patrick Briggs Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne Plastic Surgeon – FRCS (Plas)

Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. 

Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.

Phone 1300 264 811Email us or Book a free 15-minute Call with Dr Patrick Briggs’s team.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday on 1300 264 811.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs’ Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential. However,
  • To claim any Medicare or Health Insurance you will need a referral.
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation.