Frequently asked questions about neck lift injections
How does a non surgical neck lift work?
The lower face is controlled, lifted and shaped by a group of muscles (see facial muscle diagram, right).
Through careful placement of anti-wrinkle injections into the muscles in the lower face, the downward pulling action that can create jowls and slackness in the skin in this region can be reduced, allowing other non-treated muscles to ‘pull up’ and create a lifting effect.
How long does the treatment take?
Your first consult will include a complimentary facial assessment to determine the best treatment approach for you, so the initial appointment will take about 30 minutes. Thereafter, your maintenance visits will take approximately 15 minutes.
What will happen during my neck lift treatment?
Your clinician will examine your face and neck, in particular your facial features, current neck appearance, skin laxity, jawline definition - and any drooping of the mouth or asymmetry. They will discuss your perception of your face and neck, and your desired outcome from the treatment. They will discuss the potential side effects and complications of the treatment, and your post care instructions. You will be provided with an estimate of the number of ‘units’ of the product that are required to achieve a neck lift. If you wish to proceed, the next part of your consultation will take less than 5 minutes. You will have pre-treatment photos taken and your neck area will be cleaned with alcohol. The clinician will identify the ideal injection points. The injections themselves take a matter of seconds. If this is your first treatment, a review appointment will be booked in 2 to 3 weeks to assess your results and see if any adjustments need to be made; this won’t be required for subsequent treatments.
How much do neck lift injections cost?
Estimates are available upon request (click the contact button above or email email@example.com). In most cases, neck lift injections cost $250 to $350.
How long until I see my neck lift results?
Some patients report seeing results within 2 days, while others can take 7 to 14 days for the full effect to be seen.
Is there downtime involved?
No, you can go back to work and normal activities straight after your treatment. There may be some slight small pimple-like lumps under the injection sites, which quickly dissipate after the procedure.
Are there any post treatment precautions I should be aware of?
During your consult your clinician will explain your post treatment care instructions, and you will also take home a written post care sheet. It is most important not to rub, massage or place pressure on the injection site for 4-6 hours after the treatment - to ensure the injectable produce stays exactly where it is meant to be. Rubbing it or spreading it to another area of your upper face can cause weakening of nearby muscles that can cause unintended ptosis or drooping. It’s important to follow your clinician’s advice and also read your take-home post treatment care instructions carefully.
Are there any side effects of neck lift injections?
Neck lift injections are very safe. The most common side effect is local bruising around the injection site. A less common, but possible, side effect can be asymmetry. If you already have visible facial asymmetry (most people do), sometimes your initial neck lift results may take effect at a different pace and each side of the face adjusts to the treatment. This is very normal and usually resolves within a few weeks; it will be assessed at your review visit and if necessary, can be ‘tweaked’ to adjust the amount of product placed and even out any remaining asymmetry. This is one of the factors our clinicians take into account when treating patients. We would always prefer to under-treat initially, and then add more once your initial results are evident, than to over-treat in your first visit and create an over-injected, undesirable appearance simply just to sell a higher volume of product!
How often will I need maintenance treatments?
The longevity of results can vary from patient to patient, but generally most patients have their treatments every 3 to 4 months to maintain their results.
Do neck lift injection hurt?
We use the smallest possible needles to deliver your treatment, and most people find it very tolerable, at the most like small mosquito bites.
Can I treat only the neck or do I have to have my entire face treated?
You can certainly have only the neck area treated. Because cosmetic injectable rejuvenation works on the dynamics of facial muscles (i.e. the push-and-pull of each muscle working in its own direction to animate the face), injecting one area for a long period of time without considering other areas can cause over-activity in adjacent areas, increasing pulling and lines in those regions. Therefore optimal long term results aim to harmonise the face - particularly for people aged over 30.
Can dermal fillers also be used for neck lifting?
No, dermal filler are not used directly for neck lifting, however in some cases of significant volume loss in the jawline area - or where chin enhancement is required to create a balanced profile and lower face projection, dermal fillers may be indicated.
Can double chin fat reduction injections be used for neck lifting?
Yes. If you experience hard to budge fat in the under-chin area, we may recommend the use of double chin fat reduction injections
before a neck lift is considered; these series of injections reduce stubborn submental fat in this area, debunking the neck while causing some tightening and uptake of resulting skin, sometimes removing the need for a neck lift altogether.
How do I know if I need neck lift injections or platysmaplasty neck lift surgery?
Neck lift surgery
is sometimes required when a patient has significant laxity of their platysmal muscles (those vertical muscles that appear when you tense your neck) which can only be tightened with surgery. Neck lift surgery can leave patients with a visible scarring - so often, less invasive approaches are considered first to avoid the need for surgery if possible.
Does your clinic offer anaesthetic cream to numb the area prior to treatment?
Most patients find the injections are so small, quick and tolerable, they don’t require any topical anaesthetic - however we are more than happy to apply our prescriptive topical anaesthetic, if requested. Please let us know if you would like this when booking your consultation, so we can schedule you to come into the clinic 30 minutes prior to your consultation, allowing plenty of time to apply the anaesthetic and for it to take effect before your treatment.