The first signs of an aging neck usually become evident in our forties, and may appear as sagging or loosening of the skin below the chin or jaw. Some will notice cords or bands (the “weakening” of the platysma muscle) and possibly the development of a “turkey neck” or “turkey wattle.” With time, neck fullness and sagging tissues can progress to the point where the youthful definition of the jawline is blurred or lost altogether. And it’s not just advancing age that can affect the look of your neck. Even at a young age, excessive hereditary fat deposits located underneath the chin may enlarge and lead to the dreaded double or even triple chin
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 (neck liposuction, SmartLipo) may be options. A neck lift removes excess sagging skin under your jawline and on your neck. For those with vertical bands, cords, or wrinkles, the neck lift may involve adjusting and tightening the platysma muscle (platysmaplasty). If the platysma muscle has begun to separate and sag, the platymsaplasty will create a well defined jaw neck line or cervicomental angle. If needed, the neck lift can include the removal or contouring of excess fatty tissue, some of which may be located below your platysma muscle.
If you only have excess fat under your chin or along your jawline and mild to moderate skin laxity, SmartLipo may be enough to enhance the appearance of your neck. However, if you have a significant wattle, skin laxity or platysmal banding, a neck lift is usually required. Dr Jaffer will discuss your best treatment options during your consultation.
Dr. Jaffer has performed many neck and facelift procedures. His extensive surgical expertise and comprehensive experience will allow you to look 10 to 15 years younger. A neck lift, by removing excess skin, tightening sagging tissue, and tightening the platysma muscle can turn back the clock and restore the youthful appearance that reflects the way you feel. A neck lift should make you look relaxed, refreshed, and more youthful. Many patients experience increased self confidence. Friends may never guess that you had surgery…unless you choose to tell them!
Procedures that are frequently performed along with your neck lift to give an overall harmonious appearance include facelift, chin enlargement and neck liposuction. In many cases, more than one procedure can be performed at the same time without increasing discomfort or recovery time. When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Jaffer will formulate a treatment plan to suit your specific needs.
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Neck Lift Frequently Asked Questions
The procedure may require an incision under the chin, behind the ears, or both.
Fat is suctioned or excised, muscles may be tightened, and skin may be removed — all depending on individual findings.