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Aging, Sagging Neck Skin? There Are Solutions

March 17, 2018

Concern:

A common sign of facial aging is laxity – wrinkles and excess flesh of the neck and under chin area. As we age there are several processes that affect the appearance of the neck. A once youthful, tight and firm neck will lose fat volume, the attenuation of supporting soft tissue facial as well as degeneration, wrinkling and thinning of the overlying neck skin.

Deflation, deterioration and droopiness of the neck cause patients to reach out for cosmetic enhancement to correct these issues.

Solution:

Patients with loose neck skin have a variety of treatment options, both surgical and nonsurgical. One of the more popular and successful treatments for loose neck skin is a mini neck and jowl lift.

A mini neck lift will correct the aging neck concerns and can be performed under local anesthesia in just a couple of hours, with a short recovery period. The outcome includes improved tautness of the skin, improvement in the angle of the neck, smoothening of the jaw-line and a removal of loose skin, unwanted double chin fat and muscle cords.

The scars are hidden within and behind the ear, and any excess subcutaneous fat or double chin can be removed at the same time, either through neck liposuction, or open and direct removal of the fat from a small, well hidden incision under the chin.

People undergoing neck lift procedures will have seven to fourteen days of recovery time, with very little pain and discomfort and the results can be quite remarkable.

Alternatively, nonsurgical neck procedures are also available to patients including liposuction, SmartLipo laser assisted liposuction and skin tightening and radiofrequency assisted liposuction or NeckTite™ of the neck and subcutaneous regions under the chin . These procedures involve no skin removal and surgery, yet provide a very noticeable and long lasting improvement in neck and jowl contour.

For those patients with only a moderate loss of skin tone, with extra fatty subcutaneous adipose tissue, a modern, high tech energy assisted liposuction is a good option.  Energy assisted liposuction procedures use small probes placed under the neck skin to gently heat the fat cells and results in skin tightening and contouring. SmartLipo laser assisted liposuction, Necktite™ radiofrequency assisted liposuction and Vaser Ultrasonic assisted liposuction can be used to gently provide skin tightening and jowl contouring without skin excision.

The under the chin fat is removed and the skin is tightened through the application of heat. Other non-invasive treatments which can improve the neck, double chin and jowl region include Botox Injectable for necklines, Botox Injectable for muscle bands of the neck, as well as non invasive fat reduction technologies such as radiofrequency and infrared laser and fractional laser resurfacing device.

 

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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