The delicate skin of the neck is one of the first places many adults notice visible signs of aging. Dr. Thomas Mustoe performs neck lift in Chicago for women and men who want a sleek, smooth neck contour that better reflects the youthful energy they feel inside. Dr. Mustoe takes a tailored approach to each neck lift to ensure a beautiful result that respects the patient's own unique concerns and characteristics.
If you live in or around Chicago and would like to learn more about neck lift surgery from Dr. Mustoe, request a consultation online. Or you can call us at (312) 788-2560 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.
Many people are surprised to discover just how much the condition of the neck can contribute to a person's overall appearance. Over time, the effects of lifelong sun exposure and the typical symptoms of aging can begin to take a toll on this prominent feature. Neck lift surgery rejuvenates both the skin and the underlying tissue of the neck to correct a variety of concerns, including:
During a consultation for neck lift surgery, Dr. Mustoe develops a surgical plan suited to the patient's needs. He carefully explains the specifics of the surgery, including the procedure, the anticipated results, the recovery process, and how long the results are likely to last.
Dr. Mustoe reminds his patients to keep in mind that the muscles and tissues of the neck and face are intricately connected. For this reason, many people considering neck lift surgery may also benefit from facelift surgery to create cohesive results from the midface through the jowls and neck. Depending on the patient's wishes, neck lift surgery can also be enhanced by non-surgical treatments such as injectable fillers.
Although patients with more minor symptoms may be well-served by a submental (under the chin) incision, most patients require a postauricular (behind the ear) incision. Through this incision, Dr. Mustoe can improve the condition of the underlying muscle and adequately remove and reshape any excess fat deposits using liposuction with a very small cannula. He removes excess skin and redrapes remaining skin for a smooth, natural-looking contour without a "pulled" appearance.
After years of research and practical experience, Dr. Mustoe has perfected his own deep-plane surgical approach for both lower facelift surgery and neck lift surgery. A deep-plane technique improves the position of deeper tissues and yields results that are generally more natural-looking and longer lasting.
Dr. Mustoe recognizes that each patient is an individual with his or her own set of specific needs and concerns. As a surgeon, the safety and satisfaction of his patients is his primary concern. Dr. Mustoe works to combine advanced surgical skills with subtle artistry to give each patient the results he or she desires.
Neither submental nor postauricular incisions cause significant, noticeable scarring. With proper postsurgical care, these incisions generally fade to discreet, faint scars. Dr. Mustoe's meticulous tissue handling and precise techniques generally allow for a smoother, more comfortable recuperation. Most neck lift patients are back to work and other daily activities within 10 days.
In most cases, Dr. Mustoe can perform neck lift surgery on patients using only local anesthesia and light sedation. This further enhances patient comfort and safety both during and after surgery. Dr. Mustoe's development of superior surgical techniques has earned him a place among the most esteemed facial plastic surgeons in the country, and he regularly lectures at conferences and universities around the world.
Dedicated to advancing the field of plastic surgery, Dr. Mustoe has developed several innovations for a better facelift and neck lift procedure and result. These include:
Dr. Mustoe's techniques minimize bruising, which is largely resolved within a week and fully resolved in 10 days for most patients. For the occasional patient who has more bruising or who desires an accelerated recovery, he now offers a state-of-the-art laser treatment which dramatically improves bruising with one brief treatment performed during a postoperative visit.