What Is Neck Lift?

Neck lift can correct upsetting and jarring imbalances that occur as we age. Structures deep in the skin settle out of position, causing the form of the face to change. The pace and process of aging will differ for each face, each personality. The natural process of aging, along with gravity, can pull the skin downwards, giving a loosened appearance, creating skin folds and creases particularly in the lower two-thirds of the face and neck area. The skin loses its elasticity while at the same time the muscles become more lax, resulting in an imbalanced facial appearance that sags and droops unbecomingly.

Patients who wish to address the neck area may be candidates for minimal incision neck lift. This type of neck lift can restore definition and a youthful look to the neckline. The surgeon’s technique, finesse and artistic sense are key to restoring the neck to its former slender, more refined contour. This procedure requires two small incisions behind each earlobe and under the neck. Neck muscles are tightened and liposculpture is used to remove excess fat to recontour the neck.

Sometimes a facelift surgery and a neck lift surgery need to be performed together if the excess, drooping skin extends from the neck upwards toward the lower third of the face. Combining the two procedures does not increase the recovery time or intensity of the procedure but simply extends the area that board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Anthony J. Geroulis focuses on in order to produce the most pleasing results. The targeted area will vary from patient to patient depending upon the progression of aging and the desired result. For men, the procedure can restore a stronger, more sharply defined face and neck contour. For women, it can restore the oval shape of the face, smooth the neck and give a more slender, feminine and elegant appearance. A facelift and neck lift will diminish double chins, and remove those folds that cause the face to appear imbalanced.

The result of a facelift and neck lift is a more refined contour and an overall rested, refreshed and youthful appearance that is natural looking. Dr. Geroulis forges his facelift and neck lift planning on a single-minded focus of natural results, undetected of surgical intervention. Patients who undergo neck lift surgery with Dr. Geroulis look like themselves but years ago. Above all else, it is the surgeon’s skill, judgment and aesthetic ability that is critical to the process of restoring the facial balance to each individual patient. Due to the many complexities of facial cosmetic surgery, it is recommended that each patient schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Geroulis so that he may determine the best face neck lift plan for that particular individual.

When excessive tissue results in folds and fat deposits around the chin and neck that have loosened over time, your surgeon may recommend a Platysma Corsetplasty. This procedure combines face and neck lifts to correct a jawline that has become slack, lax and jowly.

The surgeon removes excess fat above and below the midline muscles of the neck and repositions the muscles to reduce visible and unsightly neck bands. Using the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS) technique, the surgeon tightens the underlying neck muscles. Excess skin is expertly removed and pulled back to restore facial lines and enhance symmetry.

During Platysma Corsetplasty neck face lift, the incision extends in a line above the ear. It is hidden inside the crease of the ear and continues behind the ear, to the extent required by the scope of the correction. Neck face lift scars are hidden by the hair or in the crease. They will fade with time.

The SMAS technique achieves a more refined, slender contour without altering the natural expression of the face. This highly advanced technique yields a dramatic, more youthful, natural contour to the face and neck and a refreshed appearance.

A breakthrough in facial rejuvenation is the tissue glue technique, used with various facelift procedures.

This approach uses a high-tech, medically designed, liquid tissue sealant developed specifically for bonding tissue. This highly innovative, specialized material is applied along an incision, resulting in minimal discomfort and less bruising and swelling than when sutures are used. The glue eventually dissolves. Recovery time is cut in half and results last longer.

Dr. Geroulis is a clinical professor of surgery with University of Chicago Medicine and an accomplished sculptor who sees each patient as his walking canvas. Dr. Geroulis has been specializing in facelift and neck lift surgery for over thirty years and is highly regarded on the North Shore and in Chicago by his peers and former patients. During a consultation appointment, Dr. Geroulis will perform a full facial analysis in order to determine if a facelift, a neck lift surgery or some combination of other procedures will yield the most effective and longest lasting results. Also during this appointment, patients will meet with the patient care coordinator to learn about the recovery time, as well as receive a plan for the surgical procedure. To schedule a consultation appointment with board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Geroulis at one of his office locations in Chicago, Hoffman Estates or Northfield, please call 847.441.4441.

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