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Many women invest a substantial amount of time and money caring for the face, while neglecting the neck. Combine this reality with genetics and hormonal fluctuations that cause collagen and elastin production to plummet, and the delicate neck is often one of the first features to show telltale signs of aging. Fortunately, a neck lift with Dr. Fenner is designed to rejuvenate wrinkled, crepey and sagging skin in this area – ultimately taking years off your appearance.

The Benefits

As one of Dr. Fenner’s most transformative procedures, a neck lift can reveal a streamlined and elegant neck with very minimal scarring. The surgery has the power to:

  • Improve sun-damaged neck skin
  • Reduce a double or triple chin
  • Tighten loose neck skin
  • Lighten heavy jowls
  • Trim away excess neck fat and skin

Are you a candidate?

Most of Dr. Fenner’s neck lift patients are Chicago men and women aged 40 to 60. The best neck lift candidate still has some skin elasticity and is able to withstand stretching during the procedure. In addition, you should be in good physical health to ensure a successful outcome and safe recovery period.

The Procedure: What to Expect

To begin your neck lift, general anesthesia will be administered and Dr. Fenner will create small, discreet incisions beneath your chin and behind the ears. Through those openings, he will tailor his refinements to meet your needs and aesthetic goals. Depending on your unique signs of aging and facial structure, he may:

  • Remove excess fat via liposuction or surgical excision
  • Tighten lax muscles in the area
  • Remove a small portion of the platysma muscle

Once the underlying structures have been sufficiently treated, Dr. Fenner will re-drape the skin, pull it taut, close the incisions, and trim away any excess tissue.

The recovery

Our Kenilworth, IL patients should prepare to take one to two weeks off work following a neck lift. During the first 24 hours, you will need to have a friend or family member stay with you, as movement will be difficult.

The first few days of recovery will be spent resting and lightly walking to promote healing. Swelling, bruising and discomfort are normal and to be expected. These effects will peak three days after surgery and it can take up to three months for all residual swelling to subside.

Dr. Fenner will prescribe medication to relieve any pain and ensure your comfort as you heal. Once the initial recovery period is complete, your activity will continue to be limited for a few weeks. You will need to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, and sports until cleared by Dr. Fenner.

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The Results

Neck lift results improve with time, as the underlying tissues settle and swelling dissipates. Most of our Kenilworth, IL patients experience their optimal results in about six months. Scarring is typically minimal, and your firm neck skin and beautifully defined jawline should endure between five and ten years.

How Long Does a Neck Lift Last?

While a neck lift cannot stop the aging process, it can provide lasting improvements in your appearance for around 10-15 years. Patients who undergo the procedure earlier in the aging process will be able to maintain their results longer, provided that they follow a healthy, non-smoking lifestyle and avoid excessive sun exposure.

Risks and complications

Even the best neck lift carries a degree of risk. Though rare when the procedure is performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, potential complications include:

  • An adverse reaction to the anesthesia
  • Temporary or permanent hair loss at the incision site
  • Hematoma (fluid accumulation beneath the skin)
  • Unsightly scarring
  • Infection

How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost?

Neck lift surgery pricing will take into account several different factors, including the surgeon’s fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and others. The cost may increase if the procedure is performed in tandem with liposuction or a facelift. Dr. Fenner will provide a personalized quote after evaluating your overall health, skin quality, and cosmetic goals during your private consultation.


Is there a non-surgical neck lift option?

Non-surgical solutions such as neuromodulators and dermal fillers can be used temporarily to reduce wrinkles, but only a surgical neck lift can provide long-lasting, dramatic changes that significantly address sagging and vertical banding.

Is a neck lift painful?

Dr. Fenner will ensure that you are completely comfortable before, during, and after your procedure. You’ll receive general anesthesia before surgery, and afterward, Dr. Fenner will provide prescription pain medications to ease any discomfort.

Will there be scarring with a neck lift?

Dr. Fenner is careful to minimize your scarring by placing the incisions within the hairline and around the ears where they are well hidden. The incisions are typically quite small, making them easy to conceal. We can also provide medical-grade scar creams to help further fade the markings. Additionally, patients can use makeup to cover their scars during the early stages of the healing process.

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Dr. Geoffrey Fenner is a sought-after Chicago plastic surgeon known for his patience, compassion and naturally beautiful surgical results. If you’re interested in turning back the clock with a neck lift, we invite you to contact our office today and schedule a private consultation.

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