How to combat your turkey neck and age gracefully
Fact: the jawline, jowls, and neck undergo unavoidable changes as we age. A loss of tone in the facial support muscles is common, resulting in loose neck skin, or skin laxity, also known quite unflatteringly as “turkey neck.” The causes of neck wrinkles can also include hereditary predisposition, however, as well as excess sun damage, smoking, excessive drinking, and drastic weight loss or gain. Good candidates for neck rejuvenation treatments are those with wrinkles, laxity, and brown or red discolouration of the neck skin. While signs of aging—premature or otherwise—are generally undesirable, there’s good news: SpaMedica in Toronto offers surgical and nonsurgical medical aesthetics treatments alike for powerful neck rejuvenation.
The neck lift
A surgical neck lift involves the elevation of the skin for a more youthful, streamlined appearance. If you happen to have localized deposits of fat under your chin on the front of your neck, muscle laxity under your chin, or sagging skin combined with folds, then a neck lift may be for you. The procedure requires an incision under the chin to remove the fat and loose skin, and tighten the muscles. Your neck lift may involve tightening and suturing together the two neck muscles under the chin called the platysma bands. Incisions are hidden under the chin, and inside or behind the ear. Long-term maintenance of your results can be achieved with post-op FotoFacial and Ematrix treatments.
The Botox Injectable is a purified protein injected into select face and neck muscles to expertly induce temporary relaxation of the targeted muscles, helping to soften the often unattractive animation lines caused by our repeat facial movements. The procedure can also minimize the depressive or “pulled-down” effect of certain muscles that tend to negatively affect the vertical positioning of the soft tissue in our jowl lines. Botox Injectable has been used very successfully in the neck to soften the necklace lines and reduce visible neck cords, as well as to switch off glandular secretions and shrink enlarged parotid and submandibular glands when they are overly visible—such as following neck lift or neck repositioning surgery.
Soft tissue fillers
After your consultation, Dr. Mulholland may recommend soft tissue fillers if you have horizontal lines across your neck, also known in our modern context as “tech neck.” Soft tissue or dermal fillers are injected under the skin to provide contour and shape, or to correct lines, wrinkles, and furrows. Unsurprisingly, soft tissue fillers also help powerfully smooth away lines and wrinkles to reveal a more youthful-looking neck! Hyaluronic acid injections are perfect for plumping up your skin from within, and correcting those fine lines and folds with unparalleled expertise. Bonus: results last for up to a year before any “top-up” procedure is needed.
Radiofrequency-assisted skin tightening
One of the best, new, high-tech ways to achieve significant neck tightening is to inject radio frequency energy underneath the skin. Dr. Mulholland will pass a tiny probe under the skin directly heating its underside to trigger significant thermal tightening and collagen production, effectively simulating the effects of an open minilift. Fractional RF energy is then passed through the skin’s surface with the help of the Mopheus8 or Fractora. FaceTite is used most commonly on the neck, while Accutite, which is even smaller—about the size of an injectable microcannla—is used to similar effect when conducting a blepharoplasty or during other treatments targeting tiny, thin-skinned areas. The result? Unprecedented tightening. Because the tiny electrodes of the Morpheus8 are silicon coated, thermal injury and collagen remodeling occur deep in the dermis, resulting in additional neck skin tightening, but with less crusting, weeping, and oozing than arises with older CO2 and erbium lasers.
For more information on the fantastic neck rejuvenation procedures available to plastic surgery oronto patients at SpaMedica in Toronto, and to find out which treatment or combination treatment best suits your case, book your consultation today! Our knowledgeable staff would be delighted to help.