In the time since I started out as a practicing partner at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. in 1989, I have helped to improve the appearance and alleviate the signs of facial aging in thousands of men and women from all over the world by performing cosmetic facial plastic surgery procedures. However, one thing that many people fail to realize is that in many cases exceptional results can be achieved by making subtle changes to features that are not traditionally considered to be part of the face at all. One such area is the neck, a place where many of the earliest signs of aging first manifest. As we grow older, and the skin’s firmness and elasticity begins to diminish, tissues of the face can start to slide downward, creating folds in the lower third of the face and neck that are commonly identified as “sagging jowls” or a “double chin.” While a full facelift can address some of these concerns, many patients find that better results can be achieved thru procedures that are specifically designed for the neck. In these cases there are several different options.
In some cases, patients who believe that they need facial contouring in the neck and jowls, particularly those looking to eliminate a “double chin”, are actually simply suffering from the effects of gravity on isolated fat deposits that have accumulated just beneath the skin’s surface. Because of their location, these fat deposits can be extremely difficult to eliminate through diet and exercise alone, but if a patient still has healthy skin tone with good elasticity, they can be removed through liposuction. Using tiny, easily-concealed incisions, targeted liposuction techniques can apply spot treatment to key areas of concern, like the chin and jaw line, smoothing the contours of the neck and giving the entire face a more slender and rejuvenated appearance. Additional skin rejuvenation treatments, like laser skin resurfacing or chemical peels, can also be used to encourage natural healing and collagen production and to give the skin a healthy and youthful glow.
Cosmetic Neck Lift Surgery
While non-surgical treatments can be extremely effective, and may even be able to “stall” the progression of lines and wrinkles in the face and neck for a time, eventually more comprehensive treatment options are going to become necessary. As we age, the platysma muscle, which creates the contour of the neck and upper chest, gradually separates into two parts, one on either side of the midline. As the skin of the neck loses elasticity, these muscles can take on a much more pronounced appearance, creating what is commonly known as a “turkey neck.” A neck lift procedure works by lifting and re-tightening these muscles while simultaneously removing excess, sagging skin and (in some cases) fat to give the entire area a smoother look.
Every face is unique and comes complete with its own set of challenges, and so I will happily sit down with you in a one-on-on consultation so that we can discuss which options might be best for you. If you are interested in finding out more about neck lifts, or any of the other facial rejuvenation or cosmetic plastic surgery procedures I perform, please contact my office so that we can schedule a full consultation. Don’t forget to connect with me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.