Neck Lift Surgery

Platysmaplasty
Neck Lift Surgery

Procedure overview

Creating a More Youthful Appearance

The end goal of neck lift surgery is to create a more youthful-looking appearance.

Getting older means we begin to see the onset of facial ageing, not only to the upper face and around the eyes but also to the neck and jawline. While non-surgical treatments such as muscle relaxing injections can help minimise some signs of ageing, skin laxity in patients in their forties and beyond is often best tackled with neck lift surgery.

Neck lift surgery is a long-term solution to excess skin around the neck and jawline. It is sometimes combined with facelift surgery or other facial cosmetic procedures. Our surgeons are confident they can help patients improve the appearance of the lower face with this type of facial rejuvenation surgery, although a consultation is required to ensure suitability. We frequently perform neck lift surgery on men, so please let us know how we can help you.

Here at FNQ Plastic Surgery, various surgical and non-surgical solutions are available. If you would like to discuss neck lift surgery and discover how best to improve common signs of facial ageing, such as sagging skin.

A neck lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure designed to surgically improve the skin of the lower face and neck area. There are several techniques, but the end goal is essentially the same – to create a more toned and smooth appearance to the neck.

Getting older can lead to mild or severe sagging of the neck tissues. During your initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will talk you through your options and tailor a customised treatment plan for you.

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Procedure FAQs

We understand that having surgery can be a big decision, so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for each surgical procedure to provide you with more information and help you make an informed decision.

  • How can neck lift surgery improve your appearance?

    This type of skin rejuvenation surgery specifically lifts and tones the skin of the neck. We can also tighten up the muscles below the surface of the skin if this is deemed necessary by your surgeon. The end goal is to create a more youthful-looking appearance, especially if combined with other anti-ageing treatments such as lower facelift surgery or dermal fillers.

  • Who is suitable for this kind of surgery?

    Surgery to rejuvenate the neck is most commonly requested by patients over 40. We perform neck lift surgery on both male and female patients. A consultation is essential to determine whether this is the most suitable procedure for you.

  • What happens during neck lift surgery?

    A neck lift is a surgical procedure and may take place at the clinic or in one of our hospitals. Your surgeon, who you meet prior to undergoing any form of surgery, makes little incisions before the neck muscles are tightened up. The incisions are closed before you’re taken to recover. This popular type of facial rejuvenation surgery takes 1.5-2 hours, on average, but this may vary depending on the patient.

  • What is the recovery like?

    You might stay overnight, especially if you’ve had general anaesthetic. There will be some swelling and bruising, which is normal, and painkillers can be prescribed to manage any discomfort.

    Patients are given full aftercare information, including how to care for your scars and when you’re likely to be able to return to work. On average, patients usually take around four weeks to recover, but this varies patient to patient.

  • How long do the results of a neck lift last?

    Usually, this depends on which neck lift surgery procedure you have undergone, but most of our patients report the results of their neck lift to be long-lasting. It can’t prevent the skin from ageing, but patients who have had neck lift surgery will likely look more youthful in this area for longer than someone of the same age who have not had surgery. For more information, please contact us today.

Anything we've missed?

If you have any further questions or concerns that we haven’t addressed in our FAQ section, please don’t hesitate to contact us – our team is always here to provide the information and support you need throughout your journey.

Risks

The information provided on this website is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.

Surgical procedures carry inherent risks, and the specific risks and potential complications may vary depending on the procedure. It is important to consult with a qualified and experienced surgeon to discuss the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes of any surgical procedure. Individual results may vary.

For more detailed and specific information regarding the risks associated with a particular procedure, please contact our clinic directly to schedule a consultation with our skilled team of healthcare professionals.

Surgical Costs

Navigating Surgical Costs: Consultations, Insurance, and Financial Options

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we work with you to navigate the cost of your desired procedure, taking into account the various factors that influence pricing, and offering flexible payment options to accommodate your needs.

Medical Consultations for Non-Cosmetic Procedures (skin cancers, hand surgery etc.)

  • Initial consultation: $280
  • Follow-ups: $85

Cosmetic Consultations (in person or virtual)

  • Initial consultation: $350
  • Follow-ups: $100

Children Consultations under 18 years

  • Initial consultation: $250
  • Follow-ups: $85

Terms

All prices include GST. You will be required to make a deposit of $100 to secure your booking. Your appointment will be confirmed and secured once paid. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express via electronic banking details over the phone.

Skin cancer

Payment for skin cancer/ skin lesion surgery is due (7) days prior to your surgery booking date.

Cosmetic surgery

To secure an appointment for cosmetic surgery, you are required to make a deposit as outlined below. The final payment is due to FNQ Plastic Surgery 2 weeks prior to your scheduled date. Please reference your surname and contact us once payment is complete.

Surgeon feeDeposit required

Up to $10,000$1,000
$10,000 – $20,000$2,000
$20,000 +$3,000

Payment options

  • Direct Deposit
  • Bank cheque made payable to FNQ Plastic Surgery (we do not accept personal cheques)
  • Major credit cards accepted – including AMEX
  • Cash

Refund policy

If you cancel or reschedule your procedure less than (7) days prior to your surgery date, you will be responsible to pay thirty percent (30%) of the total costs of the procedure (non-refundable and cannot be applied to a future procedure).

Average prices paid for cosmetic and plastic surgery are different across Australia. Prices and Hospital Costs vary for plastic surgery as every patient has slightly different anatomy and varying surgical needs. Your Price for surgery depends mostly on which surgeon, which hospital, the type of prosthesis and how long the surgery will take. It will also vary based on eligibility for Medicare and whether you are insured or uninsured.

A fully personalised quote for your plastic surgery procedure is available when you come for a confidential consultation.

Your quote as part of a fully informed financial consent will outline your specific:

  • Surgeon Fee
  • Hospital Costs based on theatre time and length of hospital stay
  • Anaesthetists Fee
  • Assistants Fee (if applicable)
  • Prosthesis, Implant fee and post-operative garment fee (if applicable)
  • Any Medicare codes that may be applicable to your surgery

Many patients want to know if Medicare will cover plastic surgery. Medicare will cover what is deemed essential reconstructive surgery and procedures that have associated Medicare item numbers listed in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Dr Sorensen and his team can help you understand if Medicare may cover your procedure. However, if you wish to look up a particular type of surgery and its item numbers, refer to the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

Medicare will not cover cosmetic surgery procedures – like a cosmetic breast augmentation.

If you meet the strict criteria, you may be eligible for a Medicare item number Breast Surgery, Tummy Surgery, and post weight loss Excess Skin removal, amongst many other procedures.

You can undertake your surgery as a self-funded (uninsured) patient, or you may be covered by your Private Health Fund. There are many private health funds, some more generous than others.

Your Private Health Fund may partly contribute to the cost of your surgery. If you have a valid medical referral and meet the specific criteria for a Medicare Item Number.

You must also have the right LEVEL of insurance cover – Gold, Silver or Bronze – for the type of surgery you want. You may have to delay surgery after initially joining a health fund – typically, a 12-month waiting period needs to be served before you can have surgery.
If you have private health insurance, it is your responsibility to check your level of cover for this procedure. If you are not covered for the procedure, you will be responsible for hospital fees. Below are listed questions you should ask your health fund:

  • Am I covered for the Cairns Private Hospital or Cairns Day Surgery?
  • Am I covered for the item number(s) listed on my quote?
  • Will I be covered if this surgery is combined with a cosmetic procedure that does not have an item number?
  • Do I have an excess to pay when I go to hospital? if so, how much is it?

Nearly all plastic surgeons now charge a GAP fee on top of what Medicare and Private Health Funds are willing to contribute for your surgery. Medicare rebates have been fixed and have not increased for years. This has resulted in few, if any, NO GAP Plastic surgeons willing to charge the standard Medicare fee and health fund rebate.

You may be able to get early access to your Superannuation Fund to pay for your life-changing surgery.

This will most likely apply to Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Breast Reduction, Body Contouring, Arm lift, Nose Surgery or Skin Reduction after significant weight loss or Bariatric Surgery.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will assess your Early Super Fund Access application for medical procedures that treat life-threatening illnesses or chronic pain. The final decision, however, will be made by your own Super Fund, as some funds will not allow withdrawal. Find out more by visiting the ATO website or contacting Supercare.

Financing for cosmetic & plastic surgery

Flexible Financing Solutions for Your Procedure

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we’re dedicated to making your desired procedure more accessible. That’s why we’re proud to partner with leading Australian financial service Total Lifestyle Credit (TLC) to offer flexible financing solutions tailored to your needs.

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TLC provides personal loans designed for financing medical and lifestyle expenses. With competitive interest rates, flexible repayment terms, and a simple application process, TLC can help you easily finance your procedure. Visit TLC’s website for more information.

DISCLAIMER – Our Practice is NOT a credit provider. We do NOT receive any rebates or commissions from ANY banks or credit suppliers. All finance and credit providers are independent external companies. We provide NO financial advice. You will need to consider your own financial circumstances when deciding if finance is suitable for you.

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