Last fact-checked: 6 December 2020
A neck lift in Thailand can make you look years younger; in fact, one of the biggest giveaways of age is a drooping (or "turkey") neck; this procedure is able to dramatically transform your appearance without a surgeon having to work on your face.
Often performed in combination with other procedures, such as a brow lift or eye bag removal, this Medical Departures guide explains how you can head to Thailand and make huge savings when booking at one of our quality-checked clinics.
Thailand’s stunning beaches and vibrant Bangkok are enough to lure millions of visitors every year, so why not enjoy them as part of your surgery trip? Relax prior to your surgery on the beach, sample the culture in Bangkok and recuperate in chill surroundings after your treatment.
Of course, your surgery abroad is not just about a holiday. The standards of care and expertise, facilities and cost are all important ingredients to the success of your trip.
Thailand has been the world's leading medical tourism destination since the 1990s, and has gained a reputation for excellence; its vast array of Joint Commission International-accredited facilities demonstrating high standards in patient care and safety.
Medical Departures takes clinical quality and patient safety seriously and performs its own background checks on prospective doctors and clinics. Legal and criminal records are reviewed, doctor qualifications and professional memberships verified and visits to clinics undertaken. If we’re not satisfied, you won’t see the clinic on our website. Along with published patient reviews, you can check the information for yourself, and make your own decision on whether surgery by a particular doctor is for you.
We always maintain all patients do a little bit of research before taking the plunge. Check out your doctor and clinic, and make sure you know about your condition and treatment–that way you can ask questions and put your mind at ease if you are satisfied with the answers.
Neck lift surgery can correct a number of issues, and no two procedures are necessarily the same. Depending on the exact nature of the procedures you are undergoing, the surgery can be completed in as little as an hour, but may take up to four hours.
To remove small amounts of fat, liposuction may be performed. A small incision is made under the chin, a slim tube inserted and a solution to liquefy the fat injected. The liquid is subsequently sucked out, usually through the same tube–rather like a wet and dry vacuum.
Banding, turkey and wattle neck problems are treated with surgery, with incisions made behind the ears and/or under the chin, with muscles manipulated, excess tissue removed and the remaining skin stretched and stitched where the incisions are made.
You will be bandaged and may have drainage tubes inserted after the surgery–although not all surgeons use these–to help remove fluid from the wounds and reduce swelling. They will be removed after a day or two.
Movement in your neck will be limited as it will feel stiff and sore. Over the next week, you will begin to feel less discomfort and the bruising will start to dissipate.
Gentle stretching is recommended and most people return to work after a week or two–but no strenuous lifting or exercise is recommended for six weeks. The tightness in your neck may take a number of months to feel better.
A neck lift in Thailand costs around AUD $3,000 (NZD $3,100; UK £1,700; EURO €2,000; USD $2,200; CAN $3,000). In Australia, as a comparison, it is approximately AUD $14,000 (NZD $14,700; UK £8,000; EURO €9,300; USD $10,400; CAN $15,000).
Please note these are approximate, averages prices collated at the time of writing. For exact prices, as well as clinic photos, surgeon profiles, patient reviews and other useful information, check out these three leading clinics in Thailand for neck lifts:
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Cirino, Erica. Can You Treat Turkey Neck? Healthline. 18 April 2017. https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/turkey-neck
Williams, Sarah. The 15 Most Beautiful Beaches in Thailand. 20 June 2018. https://theculturetrip.com/asia/thailand/articles/the-15-most-beautiful-beaches-in-thailand/
Neck lift. John Hopkins Medicine. Website accessed: 6 December 2020. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/neck-lift