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Even when we take care of our bodies, eat right, exercise, and stay out of the sun, the neck area
can become a problem for many people over 40. The years take a toll on your skin,
but it could be argued that your neck the first place to see the telltale signs of age.

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that treats the signs of aging on the neck. The procedure addresses:

  • Excess fat in the lower face
  • Excess skin at the jawline, jowls
  • Fatty deposits under the chin
  • Loose neck skin
  • Vertical muscle bands

If you are struggling with your neck and jowl area and have lost the firm, smooth lower face you once had, a neck lift may be the most appropriate procedure for you. As the jawline softens and the neck loses elasticity, it can result in hanging skin, a saggy jawline, and a double chin. A neck lift is the surgical approach to these problems and delivers the most dramatic results of any neck procedure.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago

Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.


Am I a good candidate for a neck lift?

Dr. Placik will determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure at your consultation. Once he decides the best treatment option based on the elasticity of your skin, your neck muscles, and your overall goals for the procedure, a thorough health assessment will be performed to ensure that your neck lift procedure is a success. Your vital signs, bloodwork, and all past procedures (whether cosmetic or medical) will be pertinent information that must be carefully evaluated to ensure your candidacy.

Why choose Dr. Otto Placik?

  • Dr. Otto Placik is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has completed residencies in both plastic and reconstructive surgery at Northwestern University.
  • Dr. Otto Placik has an unparalleled knowledge of facial and neck anatomy after completing years of training in the field, including a fellowship in aesthetic reconstruction of nasal and facial deformities at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago.
  • He genuinely cares about his patients and takes the time to thoroughly hear their questions and concerns about surgery, which will be answered to your satisfaction before you move forward.
  • Dr. Placik has become one of the most sought-after surgeons in the Chicago area because of his outstanding results and reputation as a leader in the field of cosmetic facial surgery.
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What should I expect during a neck lift?

A neck lift is not a “one size fits all” procedure, and your neck lift will vary depending on the state of your skin, fatty deposits, and the condition of your neck muscles. Generally, a neck lift procedure will take several hours and is performed under general anesthesia, so you are comfortable and pain-free. Dr. Placik will make small incisions near your ears and chin. The neck muscles may be tightened, the excess skin and fatty deposits removed, and the neck and jawline firmed and smoothed.

What is the downtime for a neck lift?

Depending on which type of neck lift procedure you have had, you will need to plan for some downtime to ensure that your healing goes well. You will be closely monitored throughout your recovery and provided with specific directions for fast, successful progress in healing. Some patients are candidates for rapid recovery and able to return to their usual activities within a week. Others may require a two-week recovery.

Neck lift FAQ

When will I see results from my neck lift?

Full results of your neck lift may not be visible for roughly six months; however, visible results will be evident immediately and will continue to improve in the days and weeks following surgery.

What is the appropriate age for a neck lift?

Since everyone is different, this will vary widely. Some will not have a problem affecting the neck until well into the 50s, and others see the neck beginning to age as early as their 30s. Generally, most patients choose to undergo a neck lift at between 40 and 55 years of age.

Will I need a hospital stay?

Neck lift surgery is an outpatient procedure and, in most cases, will not require a hospital stay. The time of the operation can vary, but once it is complete, you will generally be able to return home after a period of rest, under the care of a friend or family member.


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated March 24th, 2020

With businesses all around us closing by either mandate or voluntarily you may be wondering how long we will continue to operate, or even why we are still open at this point.

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are limiting the practice until April 7th.

We are diligently monitoring conditions and recommendations from professional organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and understand that the situation is ever-changing and may alter our plans at any point in the future

As physicians, we are cognizant of protecting our own patient population most at risk and the need to conserve our own limited resources. Actions have already been taken to postpone or cancel appointments and surgeries for patients who are best served staying home to limit potential exposure. We have also canceled or rescheduled appointments for services that are not immediately necessary in many cases.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be limited until April 7th. This may be revised in the following week.
  • The office will be (not fully) staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will ever have any financial recourse for our fees for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.

  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an (NO accredited) medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. (We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.)

As previous communications have shared, procedures and protocols have been put in place (and continue to evolve) to protect our employees in the workplace. However, no one can guarantee the absolute protection from infection or potential exposure despite recommended precautions being taken.

The virus can be transmitted before an infected person starts exhibiting symptoms. It is possible for a person to be infected and also not experience symptoms. We are doing everything possible to prevent people exposed or exhibiting symptoms from access to our facilities. Even with all of our precautions, exposure to patients with the COVID-19 virus can happen. When we become aware of any potential exposure, our response is immediate and actions are taken to protect everyone directly involved.

Experts are predicting that 40% of the Chicagoland population will be infected within the next month. Current information demonstrates that for 97% of the people infected the symptoms will be mild or flu-like. 3-5% of patients will require hospital care, and the mortality rate is less than 2%.

Risk of exposure will occur at every touchpoint of our daily lives outside of our home-- including gas stations, grocery stores, and medical facilities.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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