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Neck Lift Surgery

Neck Lift at Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre

Length of Surgery

2-3 Hours

Neck Lift Surgery

Short and


Price Range

$9,500 Plus HST

A neck lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed in the neck area that restores a tighter and more youthful look to patients.  This surgery smooths the loose skin, redistributes fat deposits and tightens muscles in the neck and to eliminate double chins and improve contours of the neck.

Summary of Surgery:


Alternative names:

Local or General Anesthesia 

Type of Anesthesia:

1-2 weeks off from work

2-3 weeks before resuming strenuous physical activity

Recovery Period:
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What is a Neck Lift Surgery

Neck lift surgery, also known as Platysmaplasty, is a surgical procedure performed in the neck area that smooths skin, redistribute fat deposits and tightens the neck muscles, known as the platysma, to create a tighter contour and achieve a more youthful appearance.  Aging, weight fluctuations and weakening of the muscles in the neck area often causes skin dropping and an unappealing appearance for both men and women.  Dr. Chivers at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre in Toronto can help individuals scale back these signs and restore a more youthful look in the neck contours.

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Neck Lift at Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre
Suitable Candidates

At the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre, patients are carefully assessed to provide patients with the best surgical options to help meet your aesthetic goals.  Good candidates for neck lift should be in overall good health and are non-smokers or are willing to quit smoking 4 weeks before the surgery.

Additional factors that potential patients experience include:

  • loose and slack skin in the neck often referred as a turkey wattle 

  • jowls caused by gravity pulling down fat and skin

  • patient's with double chin due to fat accumulation under the chin

Even if you don't precisely exhibit one of the above traits, if you feel that a neck lift surgery would be beneficial to your self-image, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Chivers. During your initially consultations, Dr. Chivers will examine your concerns and to determine whether a neck lift surgery or alternative treatments will help you meet your aesthetic goals.

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What causes my skin to age and droop?

Aging in the skin is often influenced by many different environmental and genetic factors.  The most common factors that causes aging of the skin include: genetics, gravity, sun exposure, and smoking.  The gradual exposure these environmental factors can often result in a expedited loss of elasticity in the skin, muscle tone and the accumulation of redundant skin and fat tissues in the neck area as a result of gravity.

While a good skin care regiment is essential and limiting exposure to environmental factors can also help slow the effects of skin aging, aging of the skin is inevitable.  A neck lift surgery can help remove the effects of skin aging that has accumulated in the neck area, giving you a more refreshed uplifted look and a smoother, tight neck contour.

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Procedural Details

A neck lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is performed under either local anesthesia or general anesthesia. The incisions and procedure is customized to the needs of the patient.  For individuals with minimal skin draping and only have fatty deposits creating a double chin like contour, liposuction and skin tightening can produce optimal results.  For individuals with severe draping of the skin and loosening of the muscles in the neck area, a larger incision around the back of the ears and/or under the chin is made to reduce scarring.  Next the neck muscle is pulled tighter to produce a sharper contour around the chin area and a tight neck contour.  Lastly, excess fat, with out without the used of liposuction, and skin is removed and the skin is re-draped over the neck and the incisions are closed tightly with sutures.

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Recovery time for a neck lift surgery is usually short over 2-3 weeks.  Most patients experience mild discomfort for up to a week, which can be mitigated with proper compression techniques as well as over-the-counter pain medication. Swelling and bruising in the neck may last for up to a month but is usually under control within 1-2 weeks . You should be able to engage in regular activities by the end of two weeks. After a month, there should be no swelling, bruising or lingering side effects. If you have any questions or difficulty during recovery, the staff at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre is available to provide assistance and will gladly answer any questions.

Post-Operative Instructions at a Glance
  • Pain medication and antibiotics are prescribed for the first week following surgery. Any post-operative pain is typically mild to moderate.

  • Polysporin can be applied lightly across the stitches 3-4 times a day for the first week

  • Patients need to maintain and elevated head position for the first 3-5 days after surgery to help reduce swelling 

  • Ice cold packs should be used for the first 3-5 days after surgery

  • Patients are able to walk the day after surgery.

  • Incisions are to be kept dry for the first 2 days after surgery and patients can shower and wash the surgical site afterwards

  • Patients are able to return to light duties at work typically after 2 weeks.

  • Sutures are trimmed within 10-14 days.

  • Bruising inf the neck area is common after a neck lift and fades within 2-3 weeks after surgery

  • Patients are able to resume full activities and to exercise after 4 weeks.

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Helpful Links

Standard Pre-Operative Procedure Instructions

Neck Lift Post-Operative Instructions

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