The neck is often first to display tell-tale signs of aging and gravity. The skin starts to look thin and "crepe-y," the jaw line sags, and the outline of the vocal cords may become visible. The surgical correction of droopy neck skin, accumulated fat or "turkey wattle" is called neck lift, and it may be performed on its own or in conjunction with facelift. These options can be explored in greater detail during a one-on-one consultation with the accomplished plastic surgeons at Chicago Aesthetic Surgery Institute and NeoDerma Medspa. Our Chicago cosmetic surgeons have many years of combined experience providing advanced facial rejuvenation treatments, including neck lift in Chicago. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
Ideal candidates for neck lift surgery are men and women in good health with jowls, and sagging or excess skin underneath the chin. Candidates should not smoke or have significant health issues.
Neck lift surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia at our accredited surgical facility. Anesthesia is administered by one of our licensed anesthesiologists or a nurse anesthetist. The surgeon makes incisions underneath the chin and in front of/behind the ears. Through the incisions, the surgeon lifts and repositions the underlying musculature of the neck area. Excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is redraped so it looks tighter and younger.
Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat from the neck if necessary.
For a more comprehensive transformation, our plastic surgeons may recommend combining a neck lift with eyelid surgery, a browlift and/or facelift. The benefit to having several procedures performed at once is that the patient only needs to be put under anesthesia and recover from surgery once instead of multiple times. Speak with our Chicago neck lift surgeons about this option to determine whether it will suit your needs.
Our plastic surgeons recommend that neck lift patients take one or two weeks off work to recover from surgery. During this time, patients should wear the support garment or band provided by our surgeons as this will help the new contours of the neck settle properly. Bruising and swelling is normal and should subside over several weeks. Our surgeons and support staff will provide more detailed recovery instructions to the patient prior to surgery.
Neck lift surgery will significantly improve the appearance of the neck skin and contour. This has an overall rejuvenating effect on the rest of the facial features. Surgical incisions for neck lift can be hidden in inconspicuous locations. The results of neck lift will last a very long time, provided that patients follow healthy habits such as maintaining a healthy diet, moderate exercise, avoiding sun and refraining from smoking.
Neck lift risks include: bleeding, infection, complications from the anesthesia, nerve injury, loss of sensation and skin contour irregularities. The risks of neck lift are decreased when this procedure is performed by a surgeon who is experienced and certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, such as the surgeons of Chicago Aesthetic Surgery Institute.
If you would like to discuss neck lift, facelift or another facial plastic surgery procedure, please contact Chicago Aesthetic Surgery Institute and NeoDerma Medspa today. Our thoroughly educated surgeons offer a complete range of facial plastic surgery procedures, including forehead lift, eyelid surgery, nose surgery and fat transfer in Chicago.