Neck Lift In Chicago
Neck lift surgery addresses signs of aging — including excess fat deposits, skin laxity and wrinkles — in the region of the neck, jaw line and chin. The result is a younger, sleeker and more elegant neck contour. Although neck lift techniques are often incorporated into a facelift operation, neck lift can be performed as a stand-alone procedure if needed. Individuals seeking beautiful neck lift outcomes turn to Dr. Robert Galiano for his surgical expertise and talent.
Neck Lift Benefits
Neck lift in Chicago may be an excellent option for individuals whose upper face has maintained a youthful and attractive appearance, but who have visible signs of aging, stress, gravity or other aesthetic concerns on their lower face and neck region. On the other hand, neck lift techniques can be folded into facelift surgery to comprehensively address the entire face and neck.
The procedure can help to achieve the following goals:
- Remove excess skin underneath the chin (i.e., “turkey wattle”)
- Remove excess fat deposits underneath the chin
- Add definition to the jawline
- Smooth lines, folds and muscle bands on the neck
- Tighten neck skin
- Create a more elegant neck contour
Some individuals are pleased with the general contour and skin of their neck but have loose fat deposits on the neck or underneath the chin. In these cases when the skin and muscle quality is good, liposuction alone may provide the desired contouring.
How Is A Neck Lift Performed?
Whether neck lift is performed as a stand-alone procedure or incorporated into facelift surgery, it is usually conducted on an outpatient basis. Anesthesia medications are administered for complete patient comfort. Dr. Galiano begins by making the incisions for neck lift. If he is performing a full neck lift, he can make the incisions in more than one place; namely underneath the chin and/or behind each ear. The incision pattern depends on the extent of surgery and the specific structures that need correction. Through the incision(s), Dr. Galiano removes excess fat and skin, re-positions tissue and skin and tightens the platysma (neck) muscle as needed. He may use liposuction techniques to remove fat deposits. The skin may be re-draped over the new contours of the neck. Once he has finished making the necessary modifications, he closes the incisions with small sutures and bandages the area.
Neck Lift Recovery
Immediately after surgery, the treated area usually looks swollen and bruised. Special bandages can help to contour the swelling and bruising, and oral medication can soothe any pain or discomfort. Neck lift patients must keep the head elevated during the initial recovery and avoid twisting or bending the neck as it heals. Most patients take about a week off from work and must refrain from strenuous activity for three to four weeks. Dr. Galiano monitors his neck lift patients’ recovery closely and advises when it is safe to resume work, exercise and other normal activities.
Neck Lift FAQ
Am I the Right Age for Neck Lift Surgery?
There is set no set age range for neck lift surgery, though most patients are at least 40 by the time they have significant enough signs of aging along their necks to warrant the procedure.
There is not an upper age limit either, so long as the patient is in strong enough health to undergo an elective operation. Dr. Robert Galiano will assess all the necessary factors prior to scheduling a surgery, as safety is a priority.
How Long Will My Neck Lift Last?
Successful neck lift can last about a decade. While surgery can reverse the signs of aging, it cannot literally stop aging, so over an extended period of time wrinkles will reform and skin will sag again.
In order to maximize the results for as long as possible, in the years to follow your neck lift you should:
- Apply recommended skin care products to the area
- Avoid or shade your neck from the sun as much as possible
- Maintain a healthy diet so additional fat does not accumulate along your neck
Why Should I Choose Neck Lift Over Facelift?
Necklift surgery, in isolation, is usually the right choice for patients who are showing signs of aging along their neck (in the form of sagging skin and lines), but still maintain a comparatively youthful appearance above the chin.
Patients should give more serious consideration to facelift surgery when the wrinkles and loose skin exist both above and below the jawline. Because Dr. Galiano incorporates aspects of neck lift into facelift surgery, it may make more sense to commit to a facelift for a more fully rejuvenated look.
During a consultation, Dr. Galiano will gladly help guide you through the options so that you may make a fully informed decision knowing what each procedure can do for you.
Can I Combine Neck Lift with Another Procedure?
It is quite common for patients to elect to have more than one procedure during the same appointment. Often, patients will choose to have a forehead lift or eyelid surgery in conjunction with a neck lift procedure to rejuvenate different portions of their face at the same time.
If you are planning to have multiple surgeries in the long run anyway, it can be wise to combine them so that the recovery period runs concurrently and you will not have to burn as much vacation time.
Are There Non-Surgical Alternatives to Neck Lift?
As an experienced Botox provider, Dr. Galiano has seen firsthand just how well Botox can smooth out the neck and make it look years younger than it is. Of course, the results are temporary and you will need to schedule appointments periodically to maintain the results.
There is no doubt that neck lift provides both stronger and longer-lasting results. Ultimately, it is up to you whether you believe that trade-off is worth undergoing surgery.
For further answers to your questions, your best move is to set up a consultation with Dr. Galiano. Either fill out our online consultation form or call our Chicago office directly at (312) 926-4382.
Schedule A Neck Lift Consultation
If you would like to discuss your age-related cosmetic concerns with our plastic surgeon, please schedule a neck lift consultation in Chicago by calling (312) 926-4382, or fill out our consultation form online.