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Neck lift

Often, the first signs of ageing appear on the neck. A significant quantity of extra skin on the neck area creates an appearance of being older than the real age. In our clinic, our plastic surgeons Dr. Valverde and Dr. Arpino, perform neck lifts to reposition the fallen neck tissues and remove the existing excess skin.

While neck lifts are normally carried out with other interventions, such as a facial lift, we have experimented in many cases, that the isolated neck lift can be the correct option for a patient.

When it is performed adequately, the duration of the effects of a neck lift can be above the normal 8-10 years which are obtained in a face lift.


Improve the hanging of the neck by eliminating excess fat together with the stretching of the neck muscles. This is usually performed on patients over 40 years old.

Type of anaesthetic


Side effects

Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, pulling sensation, dry skin.

Duration of result

Normally 8-10 years.

Duration of the treatment

3-4 hours


Admission for 24 hours.


Return to work: 10-14 days. Better activity: 2-3 weeks. You should limit sun exposure for a few months.

Frequent questions

Logicaly it depends on the type of work that the patient has. It is important to avoid situations of stress after the surgery as they increase the posibility of bleeding and bruising. If you work in front of a computer during many hours, seven days should be sufficient.

You can go to the beach or the pool from the moment that the wounds are completely closed which is usually within two weeks

You can exercise and lift weight a month after the surgery.

Immediately, without wetting the wounds.

We recommend that you sleep on your back after surgery with your head elevated.

You can go out in the sun, not direct sunlight, after the stitches have been removed, which is usually after 15 days. If you are going to the beach you have to wear 50+ sun protection on the scars.

You can travel perfectly on an aeroplane after the surgery.

You can wear your glasses and contact lenses immediately after surgery.

We will show you photographs from previous cases so that you can get a more detailed idea of the final result.

After the surgery you will be irritated. It will not be pain, but irritation. You will have the sensation of aching, stiffness and some pressure. You will take medication for the pain which means that you will have more irritation at bed time, due to the bandage, the antibiotic etc. which will provoke discomfort more than pain.

The scars of a neck lift coincide with the natural crease behind the ear, therefore it is practically imperceptible as it is covered by the hair, with most patients, and because it is a place where the scarring is usually good anyway. However, multiple treatments exist which improve the final result of a scar such as silicon patches, rosehip oil, creams, laser, etc. etc. Although most of the patients do not require any additional treatment due to the quality of them.

You should avoid taking aspirin or any other medication which provokes anticoagulation. Let us know if you usually take vitamin supplements or medicinal plants. Some make the blood coagulate more slowly.

A Neck lifting is a surgery that is only needed by people of a certain age. It is very unlikely that people under 40 years old require a complete lifting. From 50 years old is the age that we propose this type of surgery.

You can wear makeup two weeks after the surgery.