The “turkey neck” is often associated with aging and while dreaded and unsightly, it can be effectively treated with a neck lift. A neck lift removes the saggy skin and fat around the neck, and then tightens the underlying tissues and muscles. The neck will be more toned, contoured and free of lines and wrinkles. Chicago plastic surgeon, Dr. Karol Gutowski, recommends a neck lift for patients who have developed sagging neck skin not only due to aging but those who have experienced significant weight loss. In some cases, Dr. Gutowski might suggest neck liposuction to remove additional neck fat.
A neck lift removes hanging skin and reshapes the neck. During the procedure, an incision is placed under the chin and/or behind or in front of the ears. If fat deposits are present and need to be removed, liposuction will be used during the surgery and performed first. The final steps of treatment will be to trim away excess skin, pull the remaining underlying tissue and muscle tight, and suture the incision.
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"My first procedure with Dr Gutowski was a few years ago, a Mommy Makeover that changed my life! The tummy still looks great and my breasts feel natural. But then my face needed some work. Dr G's talent with fillers gave me hope. Over the last 3 years, some well placed Botox, Bellafill and Restylane at Afresh Medical Spa did the trick. Then this year, he fixed my upper eyelids and did liposuction on my neck at the same time - all done awake in his office facility in less than 2 hours. What a difference it made (my younger sister is jealous). The staff is awesome and Ellen makes sure everything is done "concierge style". Will be having my face treated with a CO2 laser this winter."- B.C. / Google / Oct 04, 2019
"I remember looking in other states to get a surgeon as I did extensive research on my procedure. I decided to go with Dr. Gutowski. I was nervous because I’d never had surgery performed. It was one of the best decisions I could have made. The surgery was amazing and went smoothly. I trusted him to give me his honest opinion on what he could do. He consulted with me and we did it. I’m very pleased of the outcome. I would highly recommend Dr. Gutowski. If you are looking for an honest talented surgeon who follows up with you he is your man!"- B.S. / Google / Oct 03, 2019
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient surgery at an accredited surgical clinic. The duration of the surgery usually takes around 2 hours, although it may vary depending on the case. Bruising and swelling will be visible after the surgery, but this will subside in the few short days following the procedure. Initially, patients will feel tightness and numbness. Once the neck adjusts to its new position, patients will notice a more relaxed feeling and a beautiful surgical result. It can take up to 6 months for the final results to appear.
Neck Lift FAQs
Alternative to Lift?
Surgery is the only way to remove loose skin, especially if it is loose enough to hang and droop. Therefore, a neck lift is the only solution when it comes to redefining an individual’s neck to create a strong contour. While there are some very good skin tightening laser treatments on the market today, surgery is still the best option.
There is minimal scarring with this procedure. Since the incision is placed under the chin and near the ears, the scarring is usually hidden. A skilled facial surgeon will take great effort to minimize scarring as much as possible.
This depends on the situation and the amount of loose and sagging skin that is present. Some weight loss patients are young and may require a neck lift at a young age (for example, those between 20-30). For older patients who are combatting loose skin due to aging, the most common age is between 50-70.
During the initial consultation, it may be brought up that in addition to a neck lift, the patient may also benefit from another procedure, such as a facelift or a chin implant. It is common for these additional procedures to be combined to achieve the patient’s desired contours and aesthetic goals.
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