Is your saggy neck aging you?
If your saggy neck is giving away your age, a neck lift may be in order. It can address the major signs of aging in this area; excess skin, excess fat, and muscle laxity. Prominent submandibular glands can also cause excessive fullness in the neck under the chin.
Incisions are made under the chin and/or behind the ears to:
- tighten the neck muscles to enhance definition in the midline and along the entire jaw
- remove and sculpt excess fat
- trim excess skin
- trim or suspend bulging submandibular glands
The extent of the procedure and which incision(s) are utilized depend on the degree of laxity and sagging. If jowls are present, a neck lift alone will result in sub-optimal correction, therefore, a neck lift is commonly performed at the same time as a face lift.
Combination therapies are important in the delicate neck and décolleté areas for total rejuvenation. Surgery will rebuild the underlying foundation, but injectables, lasers and skin care work in tandem to create better and longer lasting results. These tools are also used in younger patients who are focused on maintaining their youthful neck.
Injectable Solution: Botox can used to soften the appearance of vertical muscle banding or cords and horizontal lines or “necklace” lines. Dermal fillers are used along the jawline in areas where volume loss is present.
Laser Solution: Keep in mind that a Neck Lift will create a more youthful looking neck and jawline by removing excess skin and recontouring the underlying tissues, but it will not improve the texture or tone of the skin. Think of the neck lift as taking care of what’s under the skin and not the skin itself. BBL, Halo and/or laser resurfacing procedures will help restore collagen, even the skin tone and create healthier, younger skin.
Prevention: Remember to always give your neck the same attention you give your face. This includes topical skin care, including retinoids, antioxidants, and sunscreen. Forever Young BBL treatments 2-4 times per year can prevent aging of the neck and décolleté skin.