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Is Your Face Looking Older? Blame Your Neck

Many people who are concerned with visible signs of aging are surprised to learn that the right solution is a neck lift. In Chicago, I take a customized approach to creating a smooth, sleek neck contour that complements a patient’s natural characteristics. Often, this effective procedure is the only step necessary in rejuvenating a person’s overall appearance.

During neck lift procedures, I create a discreet incision either under the chin or more commonly behind the ear. In some patients with good skin elasticity and some excess submental fat, a submental incision with liposuction, and central tightening of the platysma muscle combined with undermining can yield a nice result, but the improvement in most patients with more advanced changes, the lateral approach gives a better result. I use a deep-plane approach to improve the condition of deeper tissues and muscles for a natural-looking result if I use a lateral approach. One of the most important components of a neck lift is ensuring that skin doesn’t look “pulled” or “worked on.” I remove excess skin that contributes to an aged appearance, and I make sure I redrape the remaining skin to accentuate a person’s natural neck and lower facial contours. The procedure can be combined with a midface lift (cheek-neck lift or lower facelift), or the major focus can be on the neck. Often a preauricular incision which is well hidden at the edge of the anterior ear (retrotragal) is necessary to ensure smooth redraping and a natural appearance, but the approach is individualized to the patient.

One of the largest benefits of using advanced techniques is improved recovery. Patients typically get back to work within 10 days of surgery, and they can resume normal activities in 3 days including exercising. Most people feel comfortable shopping or at a restaurant in 5 days or less. Their incisions fade to faint, barely noticeable scars over the course of a few months.

Sometimes, patients decide to undergo complementary procedures such as a cheeklift (and extension of the neck lift also known as a lower facelift, or brow lift for a more comprehensive result. To see the results of this procedure for yourself, please visit my photo gallery. To learn about your options, contact us to discuss a treatment plan based on your exact needs.

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