A neck lift is a procedure aimed at correcting the skin under the chin and jaw. It is done as part of a facelift or by itself. Frequently patients can accept deeper nasolabial folds, but when the neck skin is lax, has folds, or looks like a “turkey-neck” they demand correction.
A neck lift is frequently tailored to the laxity the patient has. When the laxity is severe an incision in front and behind the ears, similar to a facelift approach, is done. The incision in front of the ear start at the top of the ear canal then goes around the earlobe and the back of the ear.This allows a full exposure of the neck. The skin, and often the *Platysma muscle are pulled back. The excess skin is removed at the junction of the hair-bearing skin between the scalp and the neck.
The beauty of the procedure is that it does not result in visible scars. For males, the skin folds around the mouth are usually associated with character, and a full-face lift is not always necessary. A neck lift allows a facial rejuvenation and a vigorous look without the giveaway of surgery.
At times more correction is needed. A small incision is made under the chin where many of us have scars from falling down during childhood. The skin is separated from the muscle. The muscle’s edges are identified and tightened, any fat is removed and the skin and is re-draped over a firm muscle bed.
The sutures around the ear are self-dissolving and within a few days, the patient can go out in public with dramatic improvement.
For more information about our neck lift procedures, please contact us: 847.297.8001
*The Platysma is a muscle present between the deep structures of the neck like the nerves, carotid artery, trachea, etc. and the skin.
78-year-old gentleman who lost a significant amount of weight and wanted to reflect the energy he felt inside. He had a rhytidectomy and an upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Pictures show a much younger energetic male reflecting the vitality he feels.