More often than not, neck lifts are performed in conjunction with facelifts. They can, when suitable, also be performed on their own. A neck lift in isolation would only be advised in patients with minimal skin laxity and without visible jowls.

Neck Improvement Surgery

More often than not, neck lifts are performed in conjunction with facelifts. They can, when suitable, also be performed on their own. A neck lift in isolation would only be advised in patients with minimal skin laxity and without visible jowls. Medically known as lower rhytidectomy procedures, these surgeries trim loose, unwanted skin in the area behind the ear, tighten the neck muscles and remove excess fat. A small incision under the chin may also be required. In many patients, however, a neck lift will be complemented by a facelift due to the fact that some of the loose skin in the anterior neck can only be improved by pulling in an upwards vector.

Dr Nerina Wilkinson offers these procedures to individuals who are looking for a more taut and youthful neck.

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Who Is The Best Candidate For A Neck Lift?

Individuals that are wanting to rectify the ageing process in their neck area are ideal candidates for this procedure. The same can be said if you find that you feel self-conscious for similar reasons. Those between the ages of 40 and 65 are at the ideal age to undergo a neck lift as the skin in this area still possesses some elasticity.

Being in good physical and mental health is also beneficial to you, as this will assist you during your recovery. Patients who are smokers can develop keloid type scars, therefore it’s recommended that candidates who do smoke stop immediately.

What To Expect From Your Neck Lift?

Once you’ve undergone your procedure and have made a full recovery, you can expect a substantial boost in self-confidence. You may also notice that your skin appears more taut and youthful as if the clock has been reversed. Once you’ve undergone your neck lift, you’ll feel more confident and those around you are sure to notice it too.

So, you can hold your head high when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror. Those around you are also sure to notice a difference in both your demeanour and physical appearance.

Are There Any Risks Involved?

Complications from this surgery are rare. However, it’s vital for you to know what could possibly go wrong, so you can be fully prepared for your surgery. This topic will be discussed with you in full during your consultation with Dr Nerina Wilkinson.



During your first consultation, D Nerina Wikinson examines the skin of your neck so that she knows how much work needs to be done on the area. During this time, it’s important, to be honest with her about your medical history as well as what you expect from your procedure. After your examination, she will advise you on what options are available to you as well as the best course of action is.

Once you’re fully satisfied and have had all your questions answered, a date for your neck lift can be booked.

An anterior cervicoplasty is recommended for men who have loose skin and fat that they wish to get rid of and is similar to a regular neck lift for women. The procedure is performed while you’re placed under local conscious sedation and involves a three-step process:

  • Incisions – Small incisions are made: one under the chin and one extending in the fold behind each ear.
  • Liposuction and trimming – The excess fat and skin that causes the drooping is resected to give you a rejuvenated, youthful looking neck.
  • Finishing touches –  Using a  suture suspension technique, I close the area.

Once you’ve been discharged, you’ll need to wear a neckband for the duration of your recovery, which can last between two and four weeks. This band must be worn to prevent excessive swelling and bruising. It’s important for you not to undertake any strenuous activity for the duration of your recovery.

Dr Nerina Wilkinson has over 20 years of experience in the field of plastic surgery, and fully understand her patients, their needs and their emotions leading up to surgical / aesthetic procedures, which allows her to provide world class advice and care. Additionally, her staff are exceedingly well trained and experienced and equipped to provide you with incredible pre and post-operative care.

Book your consultation appointment with with Dr Wilkinson if you’re interested in a neck lift.




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About Dr Nerina Wilkinson FCS (Plast SA)

Known as Cape towns facial rejuvenation expert, Dr Wilkinson is a leading facial and breast Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years experience in aesthetics. She uses her  (micro precision) surgical experience and detailed knowledge to deliver on the signature natural look.

She specialises in Facial & Breast Rejuvenation & Restoration

What sets her apart is her in-depth surgical precision and knowledge combined with delicate artistic eye. Her philosophy is using art and science to deliver on the signature natural look.

“Before my surgery, I dreaded Skyping my grandchildren in Australia. My neck looked so terrible on the video camera. I am so thrilled that I am able to Skype for hours now and not see my terrible old neck”

D.C.S, Facial Plastic Surgery

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