The facial aging process proceeds in ways that are generally predictable but that offer considerable variation from one person to the next. There are some people in whom the aging process occurs with uniformity in all regions of the face and neck, while there are other people in whom the facial aging process is concentrated in one area. We have also seen that in many people there is one key zone that is the focus of their attention, while other regions are of much less concern. Fortunately each patient’s individual needs can be tailored to with a wide range of techniques.
Full Face and Neck Lift in Chicago
When there is considerable loss of tone in the major zones of the cheek, the jaw border and the neck, the best solution is often a full face and neck lift. Our approach emphasizes a vertical correction of the deeper structures and a rebalancing of the facial volume to correct the hollowness that often occurs in key regions, such as the the supporting zones around the lips as well as the upper cheek. The key is to avoid the distortion that so often occurs with face lifting techniques that tend to pull aggressively out to the side. The length of the incisions in back of and in front of the ear will vary with each patient’s individual anatomy. We respect the complexity of the ear and hairline and techniques such as these are designed to minimize distortion of these structures.
Isolated Neck Lift
The isolated neck lift surgical procedure is an effective technique for the patient who may be worried about a loss of definition in the neck, but who has not experienced significant settling of the deeper structures of the mid or upper cheek. The surgeon gains access to the neck through incisions behind the ears and a short incision beneath the chin, usually with a short extension in the crease in front of the earlobe.
Neck and Jaw Border Lift
This technique is well suited to the patient who is reasonably happy with the tone of the cheek’s upper regions, but who is dissatisfied with the definition of the neck where there is a loss of the clean line along the jaw border. Similar to the isolated neck lift, the surgeon will make incisions behind the ear and under the chin, but there will also be an incision that follows the curves along the front of the ear and at the base of the sideburn. Then, when the jaw border structures are brought back into good definition, this allows the surgeon to compensate for the upward shifting.