Cosmetic Surgery

Necklift Surgery: Restoring Youthful Contours to the Neck

Introduction to Necklift Surgery

Necklift surgery is a cosmetic procedure that addresses signs of ageing around the jaw and neck, including jowls, loss of jaw definition, and saggy skin on the neck. This procedure is often combined with a facelift for comprehensive facial rejuvenation. There are different aspects to consider in a necklift, and a variety of techniques are available. Mr Butler will carefully assess your specific needs in the Tauranga or Whakatane clinic to determine the optimal solution for you.

Key Details of the Procedure

  • Duration: 2 to 4 hours
  • Cost: $30000 to $35000
  • Anaesthetic: General anaesthetic
  • Length of stay: 1 night in hospital

Post-Surgery Care and Downtime

  • Showering: You can shower the wounds the day after surgery.
  • Exercise: Light exercise can be resumed 1 week after surgery, while strenuous exercise should be avoided for 4 weeks post-surgery.
  • Driving: 1 week after surgery.
  • Work: You can return to desk-based work after 1-2 weeks, depending on bruising and swelling.

Frequently Asked Questions about Necklift Surgery

Who is a good candidate for a necklift?

Good candidates for a necklift are individuals who are bothered by signs of ageing in the neck area, such as loose or sagging skin, excess fat deposits, or prominent muscle bands at the front of the neck. It is important for you to be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery.

What does a necklift procedure involve?

During necklift surgery in Tauranga or Whakatane, cuts are typically made around the ears or under the chin, depending on the specific needs of the patient. Mr Butler will then tighten and reposition the underlying muscles, remove excess fat if necessary, and trim or redrape the skin to create a smoother and more youthful appearance. The incisions are closed with stitches.

Can a necklift be performed alone or in combination with other procedures?

A necklift can be performed as a standalone procedure or in combination with other procedures to achieve wider facial rejuvenation. It is often combined with a facelift, as these procedures can address different aspects of facial ageing. Other commonly combined procedures include chin augmentation, liposuction to remove excess fat, or neck liposuction to further refine the neck contour.

How long does it take to recover from a necklift?

The recovery time for a necklift can vary from patient to patient. Generally, patients can expect swelling, bruising, and some discomfort in the initial weeks following the surgery. Most individuals can resume non-strenuous activities within a week or two, but it may take several weeks or longer for the swelling to fully subside and the final results to be visible. Mr Butler will provide specific post-operative care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

What are the potential risks and complications of a necklift?

Like any surgical procedure, a necklift carries potential risks and complications, including infection, bleeding, scarring, nerve injury, and adverse reactions to anaesthesia. Temporary or permanent changes in sensation or numbness in the treated area may also occur. It is important to discuss these risks with Mr Butler and follow all pre- and post-operative instructions to minimise complications.