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Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) Surgery

A Neck Lift, also known as a Platysmaplasty is a surgical cosmetic procedure that may change the appearance of the neck and jawline by addressing excess skin, fat and muscle laxity in the neck area.

Why consider Neck Lift?

Address Double Chin

Change Neck Contour

Reduce excess skin neck & jowline area

Achieve Desired Aesthetics

Am I a Suitable Candidate For Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) Surgery?

Generally, a suitable candidate for Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) Surgery is someone who has;

  • Loose skin on the neck or fat deposits under the chin, jawline or neck area
  • Muscle laxity in the neck muscles
  • Good overall health
  • Given up smoking or is a non smoker
  • Realistic expectations
  • Commitment to post operative care
  • No weight fluctuation
  • Adequate skin quality

Potential Outcomes of Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) Surgery

A Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) may have many potential outcomes, including:

  • Changed Neck Contour: A neck lift (platysmaplasty) may change the contour of the neck and jawline. It may remove excess skin and fat.
  • Reduction of Loose Skin: One of the primary goals of a neck lift (platysmaplasty) is to address loose skin in the neck area. This procedure may tighten and lift the skin, providing a more changed appearance.
  • Addressing Double Chin: Liposuction may be performed during a neck lift (platysmaplasty) to remove fat deposits under the chin and along the jawline.
  • Visible Results: It may help delay the progression of age related changes in the neck area.

It is important to note that the specific outcomes of Neck Lift (platysmaplasty) Surgery can vary from person to person, depending on factors such as their individual anatomy, surgical technique, and post-operative care. To determine whether a Neck Lift (platysmaplasty) may be right for you and to understand the potential outcomes and risks, it is crucial to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who can assess your specific needs and goals.

What to Expect During Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) Surgery

Although every surgery is tailored to the patient’s needs, the steps are generally as follows:

Anesthesia: On the day of the surgery, you will receive general anesthesia to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure.

Incisions: Your surgeon will make incisions typically behind or in front of the ears and in some cases under the chin. The exact location and length of the incisions will depend on your specific surgical plan.

Removal of excess skin and fat: The surgeon will carefully remove excess skin and may perform liposuction to remove excess fat from the neck and jawline area.

Muscle tightening: If necessary, the underlying neck muscles (Platysma muscles) may be tightened or repositioned to improve neck contour and muscle tone.

Suturing and closure: After the necessary adjustments have been made, the surgeon will meticulously close the incisions with sutures. These incisions are often strategically placed to reduce visible scarring.

Dressings and bandages: Your surgeon will apply dressings and bandages to protect the incision sites and facilitate the healing process.

Recovery and monitoring: After the surgery you will be closely monitored in a recovery area until you are awake and stable. You may need to spend some time in a post-operative facility or be allowed to go home on the same day, depending on the extent of the procedure and your surgeon’s recommendations.

Risks and Complications

Like all invasive surgery Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) Surgery has several risks and potential complications. These can include but are not limited to;

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Anaesthesia risks
  • Scarring
  • Numbness or altered sensation
  • Haematoma
  • Seroma
  • Asymmetry
  • Skin irregularities
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

All surgery has risks – for detail information about the risks and potential complications of Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) Surgery please visit the risks of surgery page.


Recovery from neck lift (platysmaplasty) surgery is a gradual process that requires patience and careful adherence to post-operative instructions provided by your Surgeon. Your neck and head may be wrapped in bandages or dressings to minimise swelling and support the healing tissues.

You may experience some discomfort and mild to moderate pain. Your Surgeon will prescribe pain medication to manage this. Swelling and bruising are common after neck lift (platysmaplasty) surgery and may peak within the first few days. Applying cold compresses and keeping your head elevated can help reduce these symptoms. Your Surgeon may recommend wearing a compression garment to help reduce swelling and support the tissues as they heal

If your surgeon used drainage tubes during the procedure, they will be removed in the first few days to a week. Dressings and bandages will also be changed or removed as instructed by your Surgeon. You will need to avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and bending at the waist for several weeks to minimize the risk of complications and ensure proper healing.

You will have follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress, remove sutures if needed and discuss any concerns.

Every patient’s recovery experience is unique and the timeline for returning to normal activities can vary. It is essential to follow your Surgeon’s advice and reach out to them if you have any concerns or questions during your recovery. Adhering to post-operative care instructions and attending follow-up appointments will help ensure the desired outcome from your Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) Surgery

Why Choose Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery?

Not all Surgeons have the same experience or intensive training and testing qualifications. Be sure you learn the differences between a Plastic Surgeon, a General Surgeon, a Cosmetic Surgeon or other types of Surgeon. Also, when choosing a Plastic Surgeon word of mouth is always a great way to gain further knowledge.

Choosing a Specialist Plastic Surgeon means you are choosing an accredited recognised plastic surgeon that performs surgery in an accredited hospital. Look for members of FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons), ASPS (Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons), ASAPS (Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) or ISAPS (The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) as some of the Qualifications of your Plastic Surgeon.

Our Surgeons who perform Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) Surgery are Dr Gary Kode and Dr Broughton Snell they are highly experienced, fully qualified specialist plastic surgeons with current FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) memberships.

How to Book your Initial Consultation

  • Email us below or Call on (03) 8849 1400 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment OR
  • A Referral from your General Practitioner (GP) or from your Medical Specialist is required (as of 1st July 2023).

Australia Medical and Surgical Resources

Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001124843 Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001190266 Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon MED0001052799 Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964 Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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