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.
See the results of real patients who have undergone neck lift surgery from Dr. Galiano in the neck lift before and after gallery.
What Neck Lift Can Achieve
Neck lift 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.
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, repositions 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.
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.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Galiano
If you would like to discuss your age-related cosmetic concerns with our plastic surgeon, please schedule a consultation by calling (312) 695-4778 or filling out our online form.