What is a Neck Lift?

A consultation with Dr Turner forms the first part of your neck lift journey. You will be asked to provide a detailed medical history and your current health status will be reviewed. You will be presented with the various types of neck lift available, the steps involved and other optional procedures that you could have to get the best result. During the consultation, you’ll be able to discuss your aesthetic goals and will be made aware of the potential complications and specific risks of the surgery.

After examining and measuring your neck & face, photographs will be taken and used for 3D imaging. Dr. Turner will recommend the best treatment options. The estimated costs of the procedure and the available payment options will also be discussed with you during this phase.

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Am I a suitable candidate for a Neck Lift?

You may be a suitable candidate if:

  • The appearance of your neck doesn’t match with the appearance of your upper face
  • You experience difficulty while wearing clothes due to your neck
  • You have visible neck bands
  • You have either a turkey neck or double chin
  • You’re in excellent health
  • You do not smoke or are willing to stop smoking before and after the procedure

Benefits of a Neck Lift

A Neck lift can help rejuvenate your appearance by reducing visible signs of ageing. It can increase your self-confidence, improve your side profile and can make your face more photogenic. In addition, neck surgery can:

  • Help correct a turkey neck, saggy neck skin or heavy jowls
  • Help reduce wrinkles on your neck, a double chin & excess neck fat, Neck cords or rings (platysmal bands)

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Before & After Necklift Photos

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Recovery after Neck lift Surgery

Dr Turner will place drains under the skin to collect any fluid that may build up and bandages will be lightly applied to your face and neck to reduce swelling and bruising. You’ll be provided with post-operative care instructions which you should follow.

You should keep your head in an elevated position as it helps ease swelling and as straight as possible, avoiding any unnecessary twisting and bending of the neck. Take two to three weeks off from work post-surgery as you should rest and recuperate as much as possible. Please avoid any exercises and stressful activities during this period and never apply an ice pack directly to the neck as it can affect the blood flow, resulting in the death of skin of that area.

You’ll be able to see improvements in your neck as the swelling and bruising gradually decreases. As the scars mature and the swelling completely recedes, you will see the final outcome of the procedure.

Risks and Complications of Neck Lift Surgery

As with any surgery, it is important that you are fully informed of the potential risks of surgery and specific risks associated with neck lift surgery. While all care is taken to minimize these complications, they may and do occur despite the best medical care.

It is important that you carefully read and understand the potential risks and they will be discussed in further detail when you have your consultation with Dr Turner.

Next Steps

Your Cosmetic Plastic surgery consultation

During your consultation, Dr Turner will discuss your goals, and provide an in-depth explanation of your desired surgery and what that means for you. He can also discuss different surgical techniques, benefits, and risks of procedures available.

Most importantly, however, this is the time for you to have all of your questions answered and to be completely listened to and understood by your surgeon. We ask that you please come prepared with any questions you may have for Dr Turner, and look forward to discussing your individualised plan.



Ensure you have done your research, both on your desired surgery, as well as your surgeon.


Book a consultation

Submit an enquiry through our website or give us a call before booking your consultation. To ensure you are a suitable candidate for your desired procedure, Dr Turner asks to review your images before making a booking. This saves time and money if you are not a suitable candidate, in which case our lovely team will help direct you to an alternative procedure.


Meet with Dr Turner

Once your images have been approved and your consultation has been booked, we ask that you prepare any questions you may have for Dr Turner, as well as some images of desired outcomes for your surgery, this helps ensure you and Dr Turner are on the same page when discussing realistic results.


More questions?

Looking for more information before your consultation? You can book an additional 15min complimentary consultation with one of our patient liaisons here https://calendly.com/patients-bookings/patient-consult?month=2023-02


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Different Types of Neck Lift Surgery

Surgery in hospital is recommended by Dr Turner and general anesthesia will be administered to you.

There are two types of neck lift incisions depending on the amount of surgery needed: a traditional neck lift incision and a limited incision neck lift.

In a traditional neck lift, the incision will be made at the hairline along the front upper ear, which will continue down and around the ear and finally ends in the hair behind the ear.

Excess fat present may be shaped or redistributed from the jowls and neck. The tissue present on the neck skin is repositioned, and the platysma muscle is tightened. Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. A separate incision under the chin is often necessary for liposuction of this area and repair of the muscle. Sutures or skin adhesives close the incisions.

A limited incision neck lift or mini neck lift may involve smaller incisions only around the ear. While the incisions are shorter, the results may be more limited and more suitable for younger patients requiring less neck tightening.

Incision sites are usually sealed with the help of sutures and sometimes using skin adhesives. If non-dissolving sutures are used, they will be removed after a few days. The incision marks are usually made within the hairline alongside the natural contours of the ear, making them less conspicuous once healed. Scar minimisation treatments can also help.

Other procedures commonly combined
with a Neck Lift

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Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions about Neck Lift Surgery

How do I fix my saggy neck?

You can fix your saggy neck through both surgical and non-surgical methods. Surgical methods to correct your saggy neck include neck lift surgery, while botox injections and dermal filler injections are some of your non-surgical options.

How can I make my neck look younger?

There are both surgical and non-surgical methods to make your neck look younger. Non-surgical methods like anti wrinkle injections or dermal filler injections cannot achieve the same results as that possible through surgical methods, but it may help delay the time at which a neck lift becomes appropriate and can enhance the results of a neck lift.

At what age should you get a neck lift?

Most people usually get a neck lift between the ages of 40-60.

Does neck lift help jowls?

Yes, a neck lift can helps reduce jowls. The appearance of jowls is corrected by removing unwanted skin and fat present on the neck and the jawline.
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What is a deep neck lift?

A deep neck lift is an advanced cosmetic surgery procedure where the surgeon operates under the muscle layer of the neck, which makes it possible to release and reposition the muscle while also removing any fat present under that muscle.

Can you tighten neck skin?

Neck skin loses its elasticity and the neck muscles begin to weaken due to the natural effects of the ageing process, leaving saggy and wrinkly skin on the neck, which is often termed as a “Turkey neck”. You can correct this condition through neck rejuvenation surgery.

Does neck lift work?

Yes, a neck lift works. It is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes unwanted skin and fat, thus returning your youthful-looking neck. The results are usually long-lasting, but neck rejuvenation cannot stop the effects of the natural ageing process.

How long do neck lifts last?

Usually, the results obtained from a neck lift last 8 to 10 years. But this may vary on multiple factors like your skin condition, how well you follow the post-operative care instructions, and how you maintain your skin after surgery (Skin care habits).

What is the best neck tightening procedure?

A neck lift surgery is considered the best neck tightening procedure.

What surgery gets rid of turkey neck?

A neck rejuvenation surgery can get rid of a turkey neck.

Is 70 too old for a neck lift?

You are never too old for any cosmetic enhancement as long as you are healthy enough to undergo the surgery, anesthesia and can completely recover from the procedure. So, 70 years is not old enough if you want to undergo a neck lift.

Where are the scars for a neck lift?

The scars usually form within the hairline alongside the natural contours of the ear where the incisions are made, making them less conspicuous once healed.

How many years can a facelift take off?

A perfectly done facelift may take off about 10 to 15 years from your face while keeping you looking completely natural and appropriate.

How painful is a neck lift?

The procedure for a neck lift itself isn’t painful as you’ll be kept under either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Swelling and bruising will be present after the procedure, which will be minimal after two or three weeks. Some minor swelling will persist for up to two to three months.

What's the difference between a neck lift and a mini neck lift?

The difference between a neck lift and a mini neck lift is in the position of incisions and the amount of correction that can be done. A mini-neck lift incision is usually only around the ear and correction can be made only to a local area.

About Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you  beautiful results. He is one of Sydney’s great Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a focus on face surgeries in New South Wales.
Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most effective and safest surgical procedures. 
Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.