An accumulation of sagging skin and excess fat in the neck and/or jawline is an extremely common aesthetic concern for both for men and women. As some of the earliest signs of aging to become apparent, these cosmetic issues can often cause individuals to appear much older than they actually are. Thankfully, there are several options available today to help address loose, sagging tissues and redundant fat in the neck and under-chin region, including many non-surgical and surgical neck lifting methods. At Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas, Dr. Ram Kalus is able to employ one or more neck lift techniques based on the unique needs and goals of the patient, ultimately helping to restore a more toned and youthful neck contour with exceptionally natural-looking results.
Candidates for a Neck Lift
You may want to consider a neck lift if you are interested in rejuvenating the overall appearance of your neck, chin, and/or lower face with long-lasting results. Depending on the particular technique utilized, a neck lift can help reduce, or even eliminate, the following concerns:
- Lax, sagging, inelastic skin
- Jowls/jowling or squaring of the jawline
- Loose neck muscles
- A double chin
Neck Lifting Options
The neck is anatomically complex, so the first and most important step is diagnosing the aesthetic issue – is it too much skin, too much fat, or both? If the skin simply requires tightening, there are multiple options, including radiofrequency energy (ThermiTight™), TriPollar®, AcuPulse® fractional laser resurfacing, IPL photorejuvenation, and more. If excess fat is the principle problem, this can sometimes be addressed with external radiofrequency (TriPollar®), microinvasive ThermiTight™, or submental liposuction. If a weak chin is the concern, a chin augmentation can be performed as a standalone treatment, or in combination with any of the aforementioned procedures. Finally, if there is a significant amount of sagging, the best solution will typically either be a surgical neck lift (during which skin and underlying muscle tissues are tightened) or the lower half of a facelift.
While some patients might be most bothered by their neck, it is sometimes necessary to combine the neck lift with a facelift to avoid creating an unnatural appearance and/or introducing disharmony to the face by rendering the neck youthful while leaving the face appearing aged. During your neck lift consultation, Dr. Kalus will perform a thorough physical examination to help determine the most effective treatment or combination of procedures for your specific goals, and he will provide an outline of what you may be able to expect based on the selected approach.
Contact Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas
For more information about neck lifting, or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Kalus, please do not hesitate to contact us online or via phone today.