Although face may get more attention, perhaps aesthetics of neck should be the one you consider first. After all, your neck can be one of the first places to show your real age. And it's not just advancing age that can affect the look of your neck. Hereditary fat deposits (such as the dreaded double or even triple chin) and gravity can also take their toll. When the skin under your chin slackens, you can develop "turkey neck" or "turkey wattle." Whether your neck is affected by age, your genes, the pull of gravity or the harsh effects of the sun and wind, neck lift surgery (platysmaplasty) or other neck contouring and rejuvenation procedures may be options. In a nutshell, a neck lift removes excess sagging skin under your jawline and on your neck. The platysma muscle of your neck can be adjusted and tightened if it has begun to separate and sag.
If you only have excess fat under your chin or along your jawline, chin liposuction alone may be enough to enhance the appearance of your neck. Another emerging option is lipo dissolve. This "fat-melting" technology is also known as mesotherapy or injection lipolysis. It involves a series of medicated injections that may melt away unwanted small, localized areas of fat such as those in your chin (submental) area.
There are a number of procedures available to enhance the appearance of the neck. They range from very minimal in-office treatments with no down time, to more invasive procedures requiring anesthesia and time off for recovery. Ageing of the neck is usually a combination of loose skin and muscle and some excess fat..
Neck Lift treatment options:
The vertical bands that extend from under the chin to the base of the neck are caused by the neck muscle called the platysma. Botox can be injected into the muscle to temporarily reduce the appearance of these bands. This is a simple in office procedure that requires no anesthesia and allows you to get right back to your normal activities.
Neck liposuction for fat removal
During liposuction, small incisions (one - two mm) are made behind the ear and sometimes below the chin and the excess fat will be removed. This procedure is often done alone are may be performed as part of a neck lift or facelift. If this is the only procedure you'll need, you should plan to spend approximately an hour undergoing the operation.
Neck lift procedure
Sometimes called a cervicoplasty or neck lift with platysmaplasty, the procedure will last two to three hours. Of course, if you are having a neck lift in conjunction with liposuction, facelift, forehead lift, or other surgeries, the time will vary accordingly. Your exact procedure will depend on your desired results and your own personal circumstances.
A small incision is made under your chin and possibly in front of and/or behind your ears. These incisions allow access to the platysma (neck muscle) and any fat in the neck. The neck muscles can then be tightened and any excess fat removed. The fat is removed with liposuction. The incisions near the ears also allow for removal of some excess skin.
Once the muscle has been tightened and any excess fat removed the skin is re-draped over the neck. Any excess skin is removed and the incisions are closed with sutures.. The type of anesthesia used, depends on your level of comfort (general or local anesthesia with sedation). We will fit you with a compression bandage that you will have to wear to help reduce post-operative swelling. This is usually worn night and day for at least five to seven days and then only at night for a longer period of time.