Necklift (Platysmaplasty) Description

Surgery to enhance the appearance of the neck by tightening the sagging neck muscles (platysma), softening the appearance of chords, and removing excess or hanging skin and fat. A Necklift (Platysmaplasty) may be performed in conjunction with a facelift, mini-facelift, facial liposuction or as a standalone procedure.

Length of Surgery

One to two hours

In / Outpatient



Local with Conscious IV Sedation or General

Recovery Time from Treatment

Return to work in 7 to 14 days. Avoid strenuous activity for 3 to 4 weeks.

Treatment Frequency

Generally once, but revision or touch-up surgery may be necessary depending on aging changes.

Risks-Include but not limited to

Infection, bleeding, impaired eyelid function, asymmetry, complications related to anesthesia.

Duration of Results

Long lasting, but weight changes and further aging can influence outcomes.

Essential Questions

  1. How will you address my Necklift and what is your experience with this procedure?
  2. Where will the incisions and resulting scar be located?
  3. What do you predict my result to be with this surgery?
  4. Where will the procedure be performed and what type of anesthesia do you recommend?

Necklift Surgery Inside Tip

Sometimes to achieve proper facial symmetry and improve the architectural structure of the jaw and neck a patient may benefit from a Mentoplasty (chin implant), which can be done at the same time as a Necklift.