So much attention is paid to the face when it comes to rejuvenating your appearance. But what about your neck? As we age, the neck tends to develop sagging skin, excess fat and develop muscle laxity around the jawline and neck. Jowls and “turkey neck” are some of patients’ biggest concerns when it comes to the neck area. If you’re thinking about ways to rejuvenate the appearance of your neck, here are a few things you should know.
Neck Lift Surgery
Neck lift surgery treats the platysma muscle, which is the band of muscle extending from the upper collarbone to the edges of the jaw. Patients who have a double chin, loose neck skin from aging or weight loss, or wrinkled skin in the middle of the neck, typically choose neck lift surgery.
This outpatient procedure takes about 1 to 3 hours and is performed using either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The surgeon lifts the skin of the neck through an incision under the chin, removes excess tissue and tightens the underlying muscles with sutures. Any excess skin will be trimmed and the incisions closed with stitches.
Often, a neck lift is performed with other facial rejuvenation procedures, including a brow lift or facelift to give you a smoother, more youthful appearance.
J-Plasma Neck Lift
Some patients are better candidates for J-Plasma, which is a minimally invasive procedure that uses subdermal cold plasma energy to tighten and rejuvenate the neck and other areas of the face and body. The procedure shrinks and sculpts loose and lax skin without the need for going under the knife or requiring downtime.
For patients who are only concerned with some excess fat in their neck but their skin is still taut, a treatment called VASER LipoSelection may be suggested instead.
Neck lift surgery provides youthful results that last up to 10 years or longer. If you are interested in learning more about a neck lift and which technique would be best for you, call 202-785-4187 to schedule a consultation.