Many of us took our young, slender neck for granted, but as we age, it becomes a concern. The delicate skin of the neck can lose elasticity, and underlying tissues and muscles become lax and surrounded in fat. To make matters worse, facial fat loss and bone loss of the mandible make the chin look smaller, and the neck less defined. This distorts the clean line of the jaw and the neck angle, and may disrupt the balance and harmony of the facial features.
At the Hughes Center for Aesthetic Medicine in New Jersey, necklift surgery can restore a smoother, more youthful look to your neck using advanced techniques with minimal incisions. So, before you invest in a wardrobe of turtlenecks and scarves, click here to request a consultation with Dr. Hughes and find out about your options for rejuvenating your neck.
Options for a Younger Looking Neck Area
Depending on your age and the degree of correction needed, we offer the following:
For our younger patients from Philadelphia and New Jersey, facial and neck liposuction may be all that is needed. If you are under 40 and feeling like you have a “double chin” due to accumulation of fat under the jaw, we can typically improve the contour of the neck with this fairly simple procedure. For patients over 40 this simpler procedure is not enough, as it will uncover the sagging neck muscles hiding within the fatty neck. Neck liposuction in patients over 40 is often unsatisfactory because the neck bands show after liposuction alone and a necklift should be considered.
Isolated Neck Lift
If you have loose neck bands, an isolated neck lift, also called a sling, can reduce sagging neck tissue. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with less scarring, numbness, and hair loss than a full facelift. It involves 3 one inch incisions hidden in natural wrinkles behind each ear crease and under the chin.
This procedure is often combined with chin fat transfer or a chin implant to refine the lower face to go along with the “new neck.”
Mini-incision Face Lift
The “mini” face lift is Dr. Hughes’ preferred technique for patients with significant jowling, as it offers significant results with limited incisions â€“ about half the length of the traditional facelift incision. These small incisions are hidden within the hairline and natural folds of the ear. This procedure typically includes a neck sling, and improves the neck, jaw line, jowls, and to some degree the lower marionette lines.
The greatest disappointment patients have after a mini-incision or even a full facelift, is that there is no change in their nasolabial folds, the corner of the mouth or the upper marionette lines. For this reason Dr. Hughes often performs fat transfer to these deflated areas of the face to soften the face and make the results look more natural.
Extended Lower Face Lift
This is the traditional approach to neck and face lift surgery in Philadelphia that involves a longer incision for maximum lift and skin removal. This more extensive approach is chosen for patients who have a great deal of excess skin and jowling, and the highest degree of tissue laxity, and who want a more dramatic improvement in the appearance of the lower face and neck. This procedure will result in more scarring and downtime, and potentially more complications.
If you would like to learn more about your options for looking and feeling your best, click here to request a consultation with Dr. Susan Hughes today. Or you can call the Hughes Center for Aesthetic Medicine at (888) 929-4676 to schedule your appointment.