As the years roll on, you may have noticed changes in your neck and the lower profile of your face. As we age, the neck tends to undergo a number of changes — gaining wrinkles and creases, sagging skin, fat deposits increasing and a general loss of definition and sharpness of both the jaw line and neck. While these are all normal parts of the aging process, we understand that you may not be so thrilled with these physical changes. Luckily, modern cosmetic techniques allow us to reverse or eliminate some of these undesirable changes to the neck area. Today we’d like to introduce you to a few of the procedures offered by Azul Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa, so that you may feel more informed when deciding upon a course of treatment.
Want to get rid of excess fat and the appearance of a double chin?
There are a few non-surgical options including Kybella and CoolSculpting. Kybella is an injectable agent that dissolves fat cells. Injected under the chin this treatment can melt away some of the excessive fat reducing the fullness or double chin. The results occur over several weeks and the procedure is limited to the area directly under the chin. Cool Sculpting Mini is a new applicator for the treatment of excessive fat in the anterior neck. This treatment takes only one hour and the results appear over a few months. Both these non-invasive treatments may require more than one treatment for optimal results.
The goal standard for fat reduction in the neck is liposuction. Delicate cannulas (3 millimeters) are introduced through tiny puncture wounds behind each earlobe and under the chin. With modern tumescent liposuction the excessive fat can be sculpted away very precisely and completely in one treatment. In addition to removing the fat the technique also results in tightening and recontouring of the neck skin resulting in unparalleled rejuvenation of the entire neck. The procedure is quick with limited downtime. A patch is worn overnight and a gentle support Velcro sling is worn for 3-7 days to reduce the risk of swelling. There is usually mild swelling and soreness which resolves over the first two weeks. Numbness may take a month or two to completely resolve. Light activity is fine the next day and full activity can be resumed after 2 weeks. The best part is that results are visible immediately and get better over time as the swelling resolves and the skin tightens. This is by far our most successful procedure for correction of excessive neck fullness.
We find that the best candidates for these non-surgical treatments or neck liposuction are young to middle-aged patients with unwanted neck fullness, and good skin quality. However, patients of all ages with excessive fat below the chin may benefit from these treatments. To find out if you’re a candidate we recommend contacting us to book a consultation. A private consultation with Dr Flaharty or one of our highly trained staff members is the best way to get your questions answered and to see which treatment is right for you.
Want to reduce sagging, loose skin?
When skin around the jawline and neck has begun to sag and appear “baggy” or loose, many people want to know what their options are for regaining a more youthful appearance. We generally recommend a face and neck lift procedure for this specific concern, unless the degree of looseness is very small, and your primary issue with appearance is wrinkling. By delicately re-sculpting fatty tissues, tightening and lifting sagging skin, and removing any excess skin and fat, we can rejuvenate the entire lower face and neck. Our state-of-the-art procedures utilize hidden incisions, which are nearly invisible once the healing process is complete.
Our Azul Natural Lift employs the best techniques for a comprehensive rejuvenation of the neck appearance, and we always customize the procedures to match your specific needs and desires. In our experience, most patients would like to look more rested and renewed, but not surgical or unnatural. Older neck and facial rejuvenation surgeries often used a limited, piecemeal approach which addressed certain features while leaving others untouched. Our face and neck lift procedures are individually customized and aim to produce facial harmony. By blending several of the best techniques we can restore a more youthful shape and contour to the neck in a natural way leaving no signs of surgical manipulation. Surgical neck rejuvenation can be paired with chin enhancement and other facial procedures to achieve maximal results from a single procedure.
So now you have a good idea of the main routes that can be taken to improve the appearance of an aging neck. If you have any questions regarding any of the treatments discussed above, please call our offices or fill out one of our online forms to book a consultation. We’d be happy to talk with you further about your treatment options, and can’t wait to assist you in your quest for a more youthful appearance to match the eternally youthful spirit you still possess!