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Neck Lift

Surgical Name:

Platysmaplasty, Cervicoplasty or Lower Rhytidectomy

Hospital Admission:

1 night

Duration of Operation:

2-4 hours


General Anesthesia

Recommended stay in Bangkok:

7-10 days


Neck Lift is also known platysmaplasty, cervicoplasty or lower rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure which removes localized fat deposits under the chin, corrects muscle laxity, or tightens sagging skin under the chin.

This procedure is often performed in conjunction with liposuction, a facelift, or a cheek lift but may also be done as a stand-alone procedure.

When to consider a Neck Lift:

  • Turkey wattle that makes you look much older than your age
  • Excess fatty deposits under the chin and neck
  • Muscle banding in the neck, which created abnormal contours
  • If you have lost the distinct jawline of your youth and want to restore it
  • Excess skin under the chin and neck area that has lost elasticity

Preparation for your Operation

The procedure can be done under general anesthesia. If you will have this surgery under general anesthesia, you will be instructed to have no food atleast 8 hours prior to this any surgery, this includes any sweet like chewing gum. If there is no fasting instructions given, you must not consume any food or drink from midnight before your scheduled surgery. Clients who do not comply with this requirement risk having their surgery delayed or risk being denied surgery.

DO NOT take any Aspirin and NSAIDS drugs for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery. (Aspirin may be re commenced after 48hrs post op.) If you take Aspirin or any other form of blood thinning medication for a medical condition, please discuss this with Dr. Thanakom.

Smoking must be stopped atleast 3-4 weeks. If you cannot quit, cut back as much as possible. Smoking constrict the blood vessels, which can delay wound healing. While drinking alcohol must be stopped at least a day or two prior to surgery.

The procedure usually takes 1-2 hours and you are required to stay in hospital overnight.

Do not wear contact lenses, makeup, nail polish, jewelry, including any body piercings, hair accessories containing metal (such as barrettes or clips with metal springs, etc.) on the day of your surgery.

The Procedure

Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered. The choices intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
Step 2 – Incision
 An incision can be made behind the ear or alternatively in front of and behind the ear, similar to a facelift incision. In this technique, excess neck skin is removed through the incision made behind the ear.
Step 3 – Excess Tissue, Fat and Skin Removal
The platysma muscle is tightened and sewn together (corset platysmaplasty) similar to the way shoelaces are cinched. Excess skin and fat are carefully trimmed away. Tissue and skin are repositioned and secured with sutures.
Step 4 – Closing the incisions
Incisions are closed and drains may be placed before the wounds are bandaged.


After neck lift surgery you will experience some bruising and swelling, which should usually diminish within 14 days. You may also experience feelings of burning, tightness, pulling and numbness. This is normal in the first few weeks and should resolve naturally.

Dr Thanakom may also recommend you to wear a medical compression bandage to help reduce post-operative swelling. This is usually worn night and day for at least five to seven days and then only at night for a longer period of time. It’s important to follow instructions to ensure proper recovery.

Recovery from a neck lift takes time, and it’s important that you’re patient with the process. Most people can return to work in seven to 14 days. If you participate in sports or are physically active, you will have to wait at least three weeks to resume those activities. The recovery period will be longer for patients who combine neck lift surgery with other procedures, such as face lift or brow lift.

Oral pain medications and an antibiotic will be administered to reduce pain and fight infection. Severe pain or abnormal symptoms should be reported to the doctor immediately.


What results can I expect?
The results of a neck lift procedure are visible almost immediately. Your final results may take several months for all subtle swelling to subside. Overall results are generally long lasting.
Is a neck lift safe?
All surgical procedures carry some risk. Possible complications from a neck lift include:

  • Swelling and bruising that can last for several days
  • Tightness or tingling and different sensations including burning or pulling
  • Numbness on the skin, which is normal in the first few weeks following surgery
  • Risk of infection (At the first sign of a fever or unusual discharge from the incision site, contact your doctor)
  • Allergic reaction to medications given during or after your surgery (very rare).
Would there be scarring?
Scarring is a downside of neck lift surgery. However, Dr Thanakom will make every attempt to limit the size of the incision, and placement of the incision will be as discreet as possible, so the resulting scars won’t be obvious.
What neck lift surgery won’t do?
As a restorative surgery, a neck lift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process.
When will the stitches be removed?
Your stitches will probably remain in place for seven to 12 days, depending on how you are healing and Dr Thanakom’s preference.
Can’t Liposuction Help Slim Down my Neck?
Liposuction can definitely remove excess fat deposits in the neck, but liposuction alone can’t address loose or excess tissue and skin.

Neck Lift Prices

Prices include all hospital, operating room, anaesthetists' and doctors' fees, a single private room, standard meals, medications and medical supplies. Generally patients will only pay an additional amount for telephone calls and additional meals extra to the standard hospital supplied meals.

Procedure Price  
Neck Lift (GA)
Op. Time: 2 hours, Hospital: 1 nights, Stay: 14 days
THB75,000 Free Quote

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