How to Get Rid of Neck Lines

Neck lines are visible lines that appear on the neck as a natural part of ageing. The skin on the neck is thinner and more delicate than on the face, which makes it more susceptible to neck wrinkles and other lines on neck.

If you’re worried about signs of neck aging, getting neck plastic surgery could be a helpful option. During a neck lift, the surgeon will remove sagging neck skin. Many times loose neck skin after weight loss is a common concern. This neck tightening treatment will help with neck contouring.

It is important to seek advice from Dr Doyle to determine how to get rid of neck lines for your individual needs. Depending on the severity of the lines non-surgical treatments may also be an option.

What are Neck Lines?

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Neck lines are neck creases and wrinkles that can come in varying degrees of severity and texture, ranging from fine lines to deeper creases. There are different types of neck lines, including horizontal (necklace lines) and vertical lines.

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Common Causes of Neck Lines

Understanding neck lines causes is important to know how to prevent them.

  • Ageing – Neck elasticity and collagen decrease and affect everyone as they age.
  • Sun Damage – Exposing the skin on your neck to the sun can increase the likelihood of premature ageing.
  • Genetics – Our genetic makeup influences our skin’s ability to repair itself, and the likelihood of developing lines.
  • Lifestyle Factors – Smoking or unhealthy lifestyles factors can lead to the formation of lines.

Factors that Contribute to Neck Lines

  • Repetitive movements: Constantly looking down at screens or devices can cause neck lines due to the repeated creasing of the skin.
  • Poor posture: Slouching or bad neck posture can lead to the development of lines as it strains the neck muscles and skin.
  • Weight fluctuations: Significant weight gain or loss can result in the sagging of the skin, leading to the appearance of neck lines.
  • Hormonal changes: Fluctuations in hormone levels can contribute to the formation of lines.

Non-Surgical Solutions for Neck Lines

Anti-Wrinkle Injections for Neck Lines

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Anti-wrinkle injections target and soften neck lines appearance by relaxing the muscles. This platysmal bands treatment consists of injections which are minimally invasive and typically take only a few minutes, with little downtime. The injections will wear off after about 3-4 months so more injections will be needed to maintain results.

Surgical Solutions for Neck Lines

Neck Lift Surgery for Neck Lines

For those with more pronounced neck lines wondering how to tighten neck skin, the best solution may be a neck lift. This treatment tightens the platysmal bands and removes extra neck fat, providing neck band treatment. Neck plastic surgery is always performed with a facelift to ensure the skin on the face and neck tightening match and look natural.

Incisions are made behind the ears and under the chin. Loose skin on neck is then raised and repositioned to provide neck skin tightening, resulting in fewer wrinkles and lines.

After surgery, you may notice swelling, bruising, and experience mild discomfort. You’ll also need to wear a compression garment. We recommend taking some time to rest, but rest assured, you should be able to resume your normal activities within a few weeks. This surgery provides permanent results.

Neck Liposuction for Neck Lines

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Neck liposuction removes extra fat from the neck by making small incisions and using a thin tube called a cannula to remove the excess fat. It is a straightforward procedure always carried out under general anaesthesia and requires a short recovery period.

Results after surgery can include a more sculpted jaw line, a slimmer neck profile and a decrease in double chin fat.

Combining Treatments for Optimal Results

Combining solutions can offer more comprehensive loose neck skin treatment. This approach allows for a more customised treatment plan, targeting different aspects of the ageing process and addressing specific concerns. Pairing a neck lift with liposuction can be a good option to remove excess skin and fat and provide skin tightening on neck.

Aftercare for Neck Lines

Skincare Routine

For effective aftercare, establish a regular skincare routine focusing on the neck area. Gently cleanse using a mild cleanser, followed by applying moisturiser to ensure neck hydration. To prevent additional sun damage, always use sunscreen with a high SPF. Consistency in these simple steps will help maintain a smooth and healthy neck complexion.

Neck Exercises

To enhance neck tone and strengthen muscles, incorporate neck exercises into your routine. However, it’s crucial to consult with a physical therapist or a qualified professional to ensure you’re doing the right exercises for your needs. Remember to perform the exercises in a controlled manner, avoiding strain to maintain safety and effectiveness.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Consume a balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, while staying hydrated with enough water. Quit smoking to prevent skin ageing and neck line formation. Prioritise sufficient sleep to promote skin repair.

Regular Follow-up and Maintenance

Ensure to schedule regular follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider or aesthetic professional. During these appointments, you can discuss any concerns or changes in the neck area. Make sure to follow the recommended maintenance treatments, such as anti-wrinkle injections, to prolong the results of surgical procedures.


Can I prevent neck lines from forming?

While it’s not entirely possible to prevent lines from forming as we age, there are several steps you can take to minimise their appearance and delay their onset.

  • Establish a regular skincare routine
  • Strengthen the neck muscles through appropriate exercises
  • Maintain a balanced diet, stay hydrated, avoiding smoking, and get enough sleep can to contribute to overall skin health and slow down the ageing process.
  • Protect your neck from harmful UV rays by wearing sunscreen with a high SPF

While these measures can make a difference, it’s essential to remember that aging is a natural process, and some neck lines will still occur over time.

Are non-surgical treatments effective for reducing neck lines?

Yes, anti-wrinkle injections may be a good option to reduce neck lines. It’s best to consult a professional to determine the best treatment for your needs. The results will vary depending on individual factors such as skin type, severity of lines, and overall skin health.

How long do the results of neck lift surgery or neck liposuction last?

Both neck lift surgery and liposuction provide permanent results. However, this will not stop the natural ageing process or fluctuations in weight which will impact results.

Contact Us

If you’re interested in learning how to treat your neck best you can book a consultation with Dr Mark Doyle. He is a highly experienced facial plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience.

About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plast) – Queensland Plastic Surgeon

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