A neck lift is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the neck area by addressing signs of aging, such as sagging skin, excess fat, and muscle laxity. It’s often performed in conjunction with a facelift to achieve a harmonious rejuvenation of the face and neck. A neck lift in Naperville can also be done as a stand-alone procedure to achieve better definition of the neck and jawline.
During a neck lift, the surgeon typically makes incisions behind the ears and under the chin. These incisions are strategically placed to minimize any visible scarring. Through these incisions, the underlying neck muscles are tightened and repositioned. Any excess fat is removed or redistributed, then the skin is redraped and trimmed.
The surgical techniques used during a neck lift procedure vary depending on the patient’s needs and cosmetic preferences. Some common procedure techniques include:
- Platysmaplasty: This involves tightening and suturing the platysma muscle. This muscle runs vertically along the neck and can contribute to the appearance of neck bands or “turkey neck.”
- Liposuction: Excess fat deposits may be removed using liposuction techniques to improve the neck contour.
- Cervicoplasty: Excess skin is trimmed and repositioned to create a smoother and more youthful neck appearance.
- Submentoplasty: This technique specifically targets the area under the chin to address excess fat and sagging skin.
Once the necessary adjustments are made, the incisions are closed with sutures. A bandage or compression garment may be applied to encourage healing and minimize swelling.
Neck Lift Before & After Photos
Neck Lift Recovery
Recovery time after a neck lift can vary depending on the extent of the procedure. Generally, most patients fully recover within 6-8 weeks.
In the days following surgery, mild discomfort, bruising, and swelling is to be expected. Pain medication, as well as instructions for post-operative care, will be provided by your surgeon.
As the swelling gradually subsides and tissues heal, the results of your neck lift become more apparent. The neck appears firmer, smoother, and more youthful. You should see improved definition along the jawline and a reduction in sagging skin and double chin.
Scarring is minimal with neck lift surgery. Incisions are placed strategically so the marks are hardly noticeable. It can take about 6-12 months for scars to heal completely, then they continue to fade over time.
Patients typically return to work 1-2 weeks post-surgery, depending on their profession.
What Does A Neck Lift Treat?
A neck lift rejuvenates the appearance of the neck and jawline by lifting and tightening skin, muscles, and surrounding tissues. Some of the main cosmetic concerns a neck lift can treat include:
- The appearance of “jowls” around the face. Usually caused by excess fat and sagging skin under the chin.
- Fatty deposits under the chin.
- Loose neck skin and muscles caused by age and loss of elasticity.
- Muscle banding in the neck, also referred to as “turkey neck.”
Are You A Good Candidate for A Neck Lift?
Good candidates for neck lift surgery have excess skin or fat beneath the chin. They may also have creases in the neck, a soft jawline, wrinkles, or loose skin and muscles in the area.
At the Center for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Naperville, neck lift surgery is most often performed on clients ages 30-65. However, people in their twenties or late sixties and older can also benefit from a lift.
It’s important to consult with a qualified facial plastic surgeon to discuss your specific concerns and cosmetic goals before deciding to undergo a neck lift. When you visit CCLS, your surgical team will explain any potential risks or complications associated with the procedure.
Our cosmetic professionals will also take time to explain your options and cultivate a personalized treatment plan. It’s always our top priority to help patients achieve their desired results.
Experienced Naperville Plastic Surgeons
If you’re looking for a trusted cosmetic surgeon to help you achieve a more youthful facial appearance, contact us to book a consultation. At Center for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, we offer a variety of procedures to help clients feel more confident. These include neck lift, facelift, liposuction surgery, and more.