The effects of time, gravity, rapid weight loss, and even stress can cause sagging skin to make us look tired and aged beyond our years. Of particular concern to many people is the area beneath the chin and around the neck, which can be one of the first areas affected by the signs of facial aging. As skin elasticity and volume begin to diminish, tissue and fat can begin to slide lower on the face, resulting in sagging jowls, a double chin, or the proverbial “turkey-waddle”. In some cases, this can even occur while the upper facial features still appear young and vital, long before a full facelift is even a consideration. Fortunately, there are a number of different options available for rejuvenating the appearance of the lower chin and neck.
Most commonly, excess fat and skin in the lower face, fatty deposits under the chin, loose neck skin, and muscle banding around the neck can all be treated with neck lift surgery, or lower rhytidectomy. According to statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 55,000 men and women underwent neck lift procedures in 2013, an increase of 6% over the previous year. During this procedure, the tissue underlying the neck skin is repositioned, and commonly the platysma muscle is tightened, while fat is simultaneously redistributed away from the jowls and neck or removed completely via liposuction. The skin can then be redraped over the uplifted facial contours and the excess trimmed away, creating smoother, younger looking facial contours.
If you are interested in learning more about a plastic surgery procedure I perform, please contact me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, today. Additionally, Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. provides a variety of options for financing, including CareCreditSM, in order to assist you. Be sure to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.