Neck Lift (Cervicoplasty)

Neck Lift

Procedure: Restore the natural shape & balance of a youthful neck
Anaesthesia: Local or General
Surgical Time: 3 hours
Hospital Stay: Day Case / Overnight
Time off Work: 2 weeks
Back to Light Sports: 6 weeks
Full Recovery: 3-6 months
Follow-up: 1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months


Cervicoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery more commonly known as a neck lift. London based specialist Mr Akhavani has many years of experience in carrying out successful neck lift surgery, helping patients to improve the area and restore a more youthful appearance.

As we age, our skin naturally loses its elasticity and becomes saggy, which in turn leads to:

 Loss of the natural youthful contour of the neck
 Visible neck muscle bands
 Increased fat deposits

The term double chin is often used to describe the results of these changes, and can make some people feel self-conscious and less confident.

Another option for a cervicoplasty or neck lift procedure is platysmaplasty. This offers a surgical solution that can improve these changes outlines above, leaving you with a slimmer youthful neck contour through the process of reconstructing the neck muscles.

In a selected group of patients, a neck lift alone is sufficient for the facial rejuvenation. However, it’s not uncommon for neck lift surgery to be carried out together with other facial rejuvenating procedures, such as a facelift and eyelid surgery.

The Neck Lift Procedure and Recovery Process

When you book a consultation with Mr Akhavani in one of his London practices, he’ll conduct a physical examination, including an assessment of your skin and the underlying bone structure of your face, as well as taking down details of your medical history. This process is essential in order to ensure that you’re a suitable candidate for the surgery.

It may not always be possible to meet all your expectations with surgery, so it’s crucial that any possible restrictions, outcomes and potential complications are discussed fully, so you can make an informed decision.

The surgery is typically carried out under general anaesthetic, and involves:

 A small incision being made under the chin in order to access the underlying structures
 An additional incision may be needed behind the ear in order to achieve the best result
 In some cases, additional liposuction is needed to contour the neck
After the cervicoplasty or platysmaplasty, drains may be placed under the skin to help remove any excess fluid. These are typically removed the morning after the surgery.

Most patients will be required to spend one night in hospital, before being discharged home the next day. You’ll be followed up in the clinic after the surgery to ensure an appropriate post-operative recovery is taking place.

Possible Neck Lift Complications

As a fully qualified plastic surgeon with your satisfaction as the priority, Mr Akhavani will go to every length to ensure a great outcome and smooth recovery. However, in a small proportion of cases, some complications are a possibility, such as:

 Minor skin infection
 Unfavourable wound healing (in particular in patients who smoke)
 Damage to the facial nerve which controls the movement of the muscles of the face
 Ear lobe numbness

To book a consultation for neck lift surgery please call 0203 733 3224.


For further information on cervicoplasty/neck lift surgery, please visit the following links:

ASPS Patient Information on Neck Lift