Unfortunately, the neck is one of the first areas of the body to begin to show the signs of age. Wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin can detract from our youthful glow, and add years to our appearance. If you aren’t ready for a full facelift, but you want to address a double chin, wrinkled, lax neck, a “turkey wattle” and jowls, a neck lift may be an ideal procedure for you.

What Is A Neck Lift?

A neck lift is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the appearance of loose or sagging skin in the neck region, restoring your contoured, elegant neckline. Dr. Few performs neck lift surgery in Chicago to help the jawline and neck match the more youthful facial appearance by removing excess skin and fat to tighten and smooth the neck region.

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Neck lift candidates

Men or women who would like to reduce fat deposits or wrinkles and lines on their neck may be candidates for a neck lift. Ideal candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Are in good health generally
  • Have no serious medical conditions
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations about what this surgery can achieve

What does a neck lift address?

A neck lift can address the following concerns:

  • Drooping skin on the neck
  • A double chin
  • Loose skin or jowls on the jawline
  • Bands around the neck
  • Fat deposits on the neck
  • A “turkey wattle”

What Happens During A Neck Lift Procedure?

A neck lift begins with an in-depth consultation with Dr. Few in his Chicago plastic surgery practice. He will examine your skin and neck and discuss your aesthetic concerns and goals. Dr. Few will study your medical history and discuss the details of the procedure with you, including answering any and all questions so that you’re fully prepared and confident. Once you are ready to begin, you will be put under general anesthesia.

Dr. Few will make small incisions around and behind your ears in your hairline, and a very small one under the chin. Using these incision points, Dr. Few will lift the muscles of the neck, remove extra fat, reposition the tissues and create a firm neck contour. He will lift and secure the skin into place, then trim away excess skin. Once the neck lift is complete, Dr. Few will close the incisions and apply a pressure dressing to the area around your head and underneath the chin.

The neck lift procedure takes between 2-4 hours.

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Recovery after neck lift surgery

After your neck lift in Chicago with Dr. Few, you may return home with a friend or family member to drive you and help care for you. You will experience bruising and swelling, which will fade in a couple of weeks. You may have a drain in your neck, in addition to your pressure dressing, which will help reduce swelling. The drain will be removed after a couple of days. Dr. Few will see you again within the following week to remove your stitches and ensure you’re healing well.

You will need about a week to rest and recover. During this initial week, wear your bandage day and night, which will help reduce swelling, and use a cold compress. Keep your head raised when lying down. After two weeks, most people are able to return to sedentary work. While you may feel recovered, it’s important to continue to avoid strenuous activities for 4-6 weeks.

Benefits of a neck lift

A neck lift procedure provides a number of benefits, which include the following:

  • Minimal scarring
  • Reduction of excess skin
  • Tighter, firmer skin
  • Eliminated double chin
  • Reduction of lines and wrinkles
  • Tightening of the underlying muscles
  • Reduced neck bands
  • A contoured, firmer jawline
  • A rejuvenated, more youthful appearance
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Why Choose
Dr. Few?

When you’re under the care of Dr. Few, you will experience attentive understanding, extraordinary expertise, and integrity. Dr. Few treats his patients as individuals and dedicates himself to not only listening to their concerns and understanding their aesthetic goals, but to effectively achieve these goals. As a board-certified surgeon who specializes in the face, body, skin, and breasts, he loves to see the smiles on his patients’ faces as their aesthetic vision for their appearance is realized.

Neck Lift FAQs

What complementary surgical procedures can be done with a neck lift?

How long do results last?

Is a neck lift painful?

Will there be scarring?

Are there other options to address my neck concerns?

What complementary surgical procedures can be done with a neck lift?

A neck lift can be combined with a cheek lift, fillers, facial fat grafting or a complete facelift to achieve even more outstanding rejuvenation effects.

How long do results last?

The results of a neck lift can last up to ten years.

Is a neck lift painful?

The procedure is done under anesthesia, so it is painless. However, you can expect to experience minor discomfort and swelling for up to two weeks following your surgery.

Will there be scarring?

The incisions are very small and minimal, and made in such as way so as to be hardly visible.

Are there other options to address my neck concerns?

There are a number of other options we provide that can help address this area, including liposuction, BOTOX, laser treatments, dermal fillers, and more.

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