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What Should I Know About the Procedure Itself?

A neck lift is performed on an outpatient basis. General anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation is administered. A neck lift commonly takes between one and three hours to complete. When your surgery is over, you can return to the comfort of your home. Dr. Sulyman-Scott will review your procedure's details beforehand, so you will know exactly what to expect.

  • Price range: $6500- $7500
  • Recovery time: Social downtime of 10-14 days
  • Discomfort level: Mild to moderate
  • Anesthesia options: General anesthesia, IV sedation

Are You Bothered by Sagging or Loose skin on your neck?

The neck is one of the first places to show the signs of aging in men and women. Excess fat, a “turkey wattle”, or deep folds and wrinkles on your neck can detract from your natural beauty and add years to your look.

By addressing the skin and tissues of your neck, you can enjoy a more refined profile with the definition at your jawline restored. A neck lift in Chicago may be performed with a facelift or other cosmetic procedure.

You may be a candidate for a neck lift if:

  • You have a double chin or sagging neck skin
  • Your jawline is affected by jowls and sagging skin
  • You have a “turkey wattle” that mars your overall look
  • Your neck makes you look older than you feel
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3 Tips to Reduce Swelling After Neck Procedures

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Is a Neck Lift in Chicago the Best Option for Me?

Dr. Sulyman-Scott will speak with you at length to fully understand your aesthetic goals. Your neck lift will be designed to help you live a happier, more confident life. She tailors each neck lift to the individual, addressing all areas of concern from the double chin to creases, folds, and vertical neck bands. She will discuss your options, answer all your questions, and address any concerns you may have. With Dr. Sulyman-Scott’s extensive experience and expertise, you can be confident your surgery is in the hands of a talented facial plastic surgeon and will be performed with the most advanced surgical techniques.

How Much Recovery Time Will I Need to Plan For?

After your neck lift in Chicago, you can expect some bruising and tightness. This is normal and should subside over the next few days. It is common to experience a sensation of numbness or tightness that lingers for a few months. Dr. Sulyman-Scott will monitor your recovery closely, see you at several follow-up appointments, and always be available. The recovery time varies from patient to patient, but you must plan to take at least one week off work or other activities and avoid strenuous exercise for at least three weeks. As soon as swelling and bruising subside, your beautiful, long-lasting results are revealed—refined, youthful, and natural-looking.

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Five Tips for Your Neck Lift Recovery

  1. Follow post-operative instructions: Adhere to your surgeon's guidelines regarding wound care, medications, and activity restrictions to promote proper healing and minimize complications.

  2. Manage swelling and bruising: Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising in the neck area. Keeping your head elevated while resting can also help alleviate discomfort.

  3. Take it easy: Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks following surgery to prevent strain on the neck area. Gradually increase activity levels as advised by your surgeon.

  4. Stay hydrated and eat well: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and support the healing process. Consume a nutritious diet of vitamins and minerals to promote tissue repair and overall well-being.

  5. Be patient and gentle with yourself: Recovery takes time, and results will gradually improve over several weeks. Avoid excessive touching or manipulation of the treated area, and be patient while the healing process is performed. If you have any concerns or questions during recovery, don't hesitate to contact your surgeon for guidance and support.

Neck Lift FAQ

Can a neck lift be combined with other procedures?

Will there be visible scarring after my neck lift?

How soon can I shower after a neck lift?

How much pain will there be after my neck lift?

Are there any risks associated with a neck lift?

Can a neck lift be combined with other procedures?

Yes, a neck lift can be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a facelift or eyelid surgery.

Will there be visible scarring after my neck lift?

There may be visible scarring for a while after your neck lift surgery, but once you’ve had sufficient time to heal, it should be mostly faded.

How soon can I shower after a neck lift?

You’ll be able to shower and wash your hair 24 hours after your drainage tubes have been removed following your neck lift.

How much pain will there be after my neck lift?

Many patients feel a slightly uncomfortable tightness for the first few days after undergoing a neck lift. However, it’s uncommon for there to be considerable pain.

Are there any risks associated with a neck lift?

When your neck lift is performed by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Sulyman-Scott, the odds of any complications will be slim. However, there are certain risks associated with the procedure, including infection, problems with anesthesia, and dissatisfaction with the results.

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Experience the New Generation of Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Omotara Sulyman-Scott is a patient-focused and highly accomplished facial plastic surgeon based in Chicago. One of the few female African American plastic surgeons in practice in the United States, Dr. Sulyman-Scott is a former registered nurse, as well as a board-eligible facial plastic surgeon and head and neck surgeon. She brings a unique woman’s eye for balance and beauty to this procedure. Using the most advanced techniques for facial plastic surgery, Dr. Sulyman-Scott consistently delivers exceptionally natural-looking results, paired with kindness, compassion, and care. Dr. Sulyman-Scott’s solo practice is in the bustling neighborhood of Lincoln Park in Chicago. When you walk through our doors, you will find an environment that is modern and sophisticated, yet warm and inviting; where your comfort and satisfaction are always the highest priority.


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