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Neck Lifts: What Are They and Who Can They Help?

Regardless of how fit and healthy we are, there are some tell-tale signs of ageing that nearly everyone experiences. Wrinkles, dark circles beneath the eyes and sagging skin are all very common as the years progress, and they are hard to avoid. In trying to turn back the clock, many people now turn to non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers for the face. There are also targeted surgical procedures that can help for other areas, including the neck.

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Why have a neck lift?

People tend to focus attention on the face when they think of ageing, and in the rush to minimise facial lines, the neck may be forgotten. But even if your face looks smooth and lovely, a sagging neck is a clear giveaway of your age. A neck lift is one option designed to reshape the neck and leave it looking just as youthful as your face.

So what exactly is it?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that generally involves the removal of excess fat or tissue via liposuction and the tightening of the skin. An incision will be needed, and it’s usually made beneath the chin or behind the ear to avoid an obvious scar. The neck will need stitches and you’ll have to wear a pressure garment or chin strap for around a week to help the skin contour to the right shape. You’re also likely to see some bruising and swelling for anywhere up to a month.

And who is it for?

A neck lift may be for anyone who has excess sagging or fat in the neck that hasn’t shifted after exercise. While some clients may be younger, most women and men who have neck lifts are aged over 50, and sometimes it is done along with a facelift, a brow lift or eyelid surgery. Neck lifts of course should only be performed by a qualified, registered and very experienced cosmetic surgeon, and we can certainly make recommendations if you are interested.

Other options?

If you aren’t yet ready for a neck lift, or are adverse to invasive surgery, there are other options. Dermal fillers are designed to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with the injection of a natural-based acid that plumps the skin. The main target area is usually the face, but they may also be used in the neck region to help smooth the skin, or reduce the appearance of lines, including the neck ‘rings’ that many people are prone to.

So what next?

Whether it’s your face or neck, dermal fillers may help improve the appearance of your skin and leave it looking fabulous.

We’d be happy to answer any questions you have over the phone, or feel free to make an appointment so that we can assess your skin and give you a tailored recommendation for the most appropriate treatment.