A neck lift – clinically referred to as ‘platysmaplasty’ or ‘cervicoplasty’ is a specialist cosmetic surgery procedure performed to improve the appearance of the neck.

Mr Chris Fenn, consultant plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon based in Leeds, West Yorkshire performs neck lift surgery on men and women who want to regain a more youthful looking neck.

What is neck lift surgery?

Neck lift surgery aims to restore and refine the neck and jaw contour by removing excess skin and fatty tissue and tightening the underlying muscles. The effect is to give the neck a younger and more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

It is usually combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures including face lift surgery, eyelid surgery and brow lift surgery.

What are the benefits of a neck lift?

The neck is often the first place to show the effects of ageing, sun damage and significant weight loss.

As the years pass, the skin loses collagen and elasticity, the underlying muscles and soft tissue slacken and as a result; lines, wrinkles and vertical bands develop on the neck. In addition, the loose skin begins to thin and sag, creating the so-called ‘turkey neck’.

Men and women opting for neck lift surgery often say that they feel very self-conscious about their sagging neck and think it makes them look older than their actual age.

Rejuvenating the neck through neck lift surgery generally has a considerable impact on a person’s overall sense of well-being as they subsequently have increased confidence and self-esteem.

Am I suitable for neck lift surgery?

If you have developed a ‘turkey neck’ due to age or if you have loose neck skin as a result of family genetics or sizeable weight loss, then neck lift surgery may be of benefit to you.

To confirm your suitability you would need a consultation with Mr Chris Fenn. After examining your neck and discussing your medical history, Mr Fenn will be able to assess whether neck lift surgery is an appropriate option for you. If it isn't, he will advise you on other treatment options such as face lift surgery or fillers.

As with all cosmetic procedures it is important that you have realistic expectations. With this in mind, Mr Fenn will encourage you to ask questions and take time to think about the surgery before you decide to proceed.

What does neck lift involve?

Neck lift surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes around 2-3 hours depending on the complexity of the surgery and whether it is combined with another cosmetic surgery procedure. It usually involves an overnight stay if performed alone or 2-3 nights if performed in conjunction with 1 or more other cosmetic procedures.

Neck lift surgery is very much tailored to the individual needs of the patient and there are various techniques that can be used to achieve the desired effect. Mr Fenn will discuss the most appropriate technique for you during your initial consultation.


The ‘plastysmasplasty’ surgical method tends to be used to correct vertical bands and wattles (turkey neck). Small incisions are made under the chin and sometimes behind the ears. The underlying neck muscle (platysma) is lifted and tightened to create a younger, smoother looking neck contour.


If the main problem is loose, sagging skin, Mr Fenn may choose the ‘cervicoplasty’ procedure. Again this involves small cuts behind the ears or under the chin. Surplus skin and fatty tissue are removed and the remaining skin is lifted and sutured back into position leaving minimal scarring and a much improved appearance. This procedure is usually combined with a facelift.


A small amount of excess fat can be removed with liposuction via a small incision under the chin. This addresses the bulky excess under the chin rather than the techniques above which address the loose skin.

Liposuction can also be combined with facelift surgery.

How long does it take to recover?

You will need to wear a Lycra garment for a few days to help support and contour the neck after surgery.

The recovery time depends very much on whether you have a neck lift as a stand-alone procedure or in combination with other cosmetic surgery procedures.

For the first couple of weeks, your neck may feel tight and slightly numb. It may also be bruised and swollen. This is normal and all part of the healing process. It usually fades away around 14 days after the operation. In the meantime, you can manage any discomfort with pain killing medication.
You should be able to return to work 2-3 weeks after surgery –depending on your job role. This is something you can discuss with Mr Fenn prior to the operation.

You will be asked to avoid any rigorous activity for a month or so after surgery, although you will be also be advised to stay mobile during this time. 

Mr Fenn will recommend that you attend a number of follow-up appointments at the hospital to ensure your neck is healing as it should be. You will see both

Mr Fenn and the cosmetic surgery nursing team up until final discharge. 

How much does neck lift surgery cost?

If you would like to know the price for a neck lift, contact Mr Chris Fenn’s secretary, Claire Herbert on 0113 218 5971, email Claire.herbert@spirehealthcare.com or complete an on-line enquiry form. 

How can I find out more about neck lift surgery?

To find out more about neck lift surgery or to book a consultation with Mr Chris Fenn, call his secretary Claire Herbert on 0113 218 5971, email Claire.herbert@spirehealthcare.com or complete an on-line enquiry form.