Most women want a defined jawline, a nice long neck and a tight under-chin area. Aging and genetics can cause a variety of aesthetic problems in the neck. Today there are plenty of noninvasive and surgical treatments that can help give you the improvement that you are looking for.
Why get a neck lift?
Women seek treatment for aesthetic neck concerns more often than men. Aging, weight loss and weight gain are common causes for a neck that sags, has bands and lacks a defined jaw contour. As we get older, it can be surprising to notice how much the neck and skin changes with time. If you aren’t ready for a neck lift, non-invasive neck rejuvenation treatments will also help give you an elegant neckline.
Common aesthetic problems of the neck area
While the neck is a small area, there are quite a few common aesthetic concerns patients can develop.
Loose skin in neck area
Neck skin is very delicate and thin. Because of this, neck skin sags quickly due to age.
Like your face, the neck is exposed to the sun every day. Most people remember putting SPF on their face, but the neck is sometimes forgotten. UV light from the sun degrades collagen and elastin, which are proteins that keep skin supple, firm and youthful.
The face gets most of the attention when it comes to skin treatments like face masks, serums, and sun protection. The neck, much like the décolleté area, tends to be overlooked. Even if your facial skin looks youthful and refreshed, the neck can be a dead giveaway of age. Sagging and crepe-like skin on the neck can make you look much older than you are.
Aging and weight gain can cause a double chin. Also known as submental fat, it occurs when a layer of fat forms below the chin. Weight gain is one cause, but you don’t have to be overweight to have one. Aging and genetics can also factor in. The fat layer drops further as the skin sags, creating the illusion that you have two chins. That is why even skinny people can get a double chin. Luckily, there are neck rejuvenation treatments (both non-surgical and surgical) that can get rid of double chins. More on this below!
Poor jawline contour
A contoured jawline helps define your face. The most beautiful faces also have a defined jawline. Many women rely on bronzing makeup to create a beautifully sculpted jawline. Unfortunately, this only works if the problem is minor. Jowls and a sagging jawline can develop as the skin sags with age. Neck rejuvenation treatments help define and tighten the jaw area for a fresher, more youthful appearance.
Aging lower face
While this does not concern the neck area specifically, a sagging or wrinkled lower face often occurs alongside neck problems. A full or mini face lift is needed to address more severe lower facial sagging, but there are other treatments that can help. Marionette lines and wrinkles are also easily treatable. Rejuvenating the lower third of the face and neck at the same time can take years off your appearance.
Latest neck treatments
There are several ways to improve the neck area. These are the most popular neck rejuvenation treatments.
Neck rejuvenation treatments (non-invasive)
Noninvasive treatments are for patients who have mild to moderate neck concerns. The neck area usually responds very well to many rejuvenation treatments that are available today.
Chin fillers can be used to improve the shape of the neck and jaw. This is a great treatment for patients with a protruding chin, which can be caused by aging. Dr. Beldholm will first numb the area, then inject dermal fillers to elongate the neck and improve the chin.
Neck fillers can also improve the shape of a chin that is too small, angular, sloping and various other concerns. Results normally last 12 to 18 months on average, at which point you should come in for more fillers.
As people get older, dynamic muscles in the neck can become more obvious, causing unattractive wrinkles, lines and bands to form. Dynamic neck bands that move as you talk can be treated with muscle relaxants. Also known as platysmal bands, treatment for this is fast and convenient with no downtime. Minor bruising and swelling is possible, however. Results generally last 3 to 4 months.
Fat melting injections for neck
This injectable treatment helps correct a double chin by melting undesirable fat. The injections contain a special chemical that dissolves fat by separating the fat molecules into tiny particles. The particles are then flushed away naturally by the body. It takes a few sessions to see results. Fat melting is ideal for patients who are unable to take a few days off of work for liposuction. Correcting small areas such as the chin are perfect for this type of injection.
Liposuction for neck
Another way to treat a double chin is to use liposuction. This gives a more dramatic result as compared to fat melting injections, making it a good option for patients who want to improve the chin in a single session. Liposuction targets fat cells Doctor Bernard prefers VASER Liposuction over traditional lipo.
VASER liposuction uses sound waves to liquify fat before it is removed with gentle suction. General anesthesia is needed to make the treatment more comfortable. The area will be numbed, and then Dr. Beldholm will make small incisions along the chin area. The recovery time varies from patient to patient. Although results are instant, it can take from 3 to 6 months for all of the swelling from the procedure to subside.
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Cosmetic neck surgery
For patients with more severe aesthetic concerns, surgical treatment may be necessary. Typically, neck lift surgery works even better when it is paired with a secondary treatment.
Neck lift surgery is great for dramatically improving the neck area. It works by tightening the platysma muscle. A neck lift can also be done in combination with other treatments targeting the lower face, both surgical and non-surgical. Dr. Bernard Beldholm will create a customized surgical plan to improve the neck area for you.
If you have loose neck bands, a neck lift with platysmaplasty can help. The procedure is the same as a standard neck lift, with one extra step added. Platysmaplasty involves making a small cut under the chin, and then stitching the muscle that is located there together. The incisions are well hidden. This can also be paired with a mini or full face lift.
Neck lipo with mini face lift
Pairing neck liposuction with a mini face lift is an excellent way to correct loose skin on the neck while rejuvenating the face. This combined procedure can make a dramatic difference in your appearance. Dr. Beldholm will perform a mini face lift, which helps stretch and elongate the neck skin, while VASER lipo defines the jawline.
It is common to have skin concerns on the lower third of the face along with an aging neck. Patients with lower face sagging, looseness and marionette lines are great candidates for a mini facelift. Non-invasive cosmetic face treatments can also help. Wrinkles and sagging on the lower face are caused by aging. The surgery involves a small s-shaped incision near the ear. The scar is smaller than a full face lift.
A mini face lift cannot fix sagging neck skin on its own. Mini facelifts can be performed alongside a neck lift for patients who need to address both areas. The combined treatment leaves you with a beautifully-refined neck and lower face.
Full face lift
An aging face can lose grace with time. If the years have not been kind to your face and neck area, a neck lift added to a full face lift can help. A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, tightens the skin to treat loose and saggy skin in the face area.
The difference between a mini face lift and full face lift is that a full face lift fixes sagging, loosens and wrinkles on the whole mid-to-lower face, not just the lower third. Unsure of which to choose? The answer comes down to how much skin laxity there is. Doctor Bernard is a specialist surgeon that can advise you on which procedure is right for you.
Often, patients have aging of both the face and neck area. That is where a neck lift comes in. The final result with this dual method of surgery is a completely refreshed, rejuvenated look. Many patients love seeing the loose skin tightened and smoothed. Surgery typically achieves more dramatic, long-lasting results compared to dermal fillers.