Natural Neck Lift: Beautifying Your Face’s Pedestal
When people think about rejuvenating the face, it’s important to remember that the neck on which it meets the world is just as visible. And the neck can be an even bigger tattletale about age. On the other hand, a graceful neck and a clear definition between the neck and jaw can put the face on an elegant pedestal.
The muscles of the neck are unlike other large muscles in that they are actually connected to the skin. Called the platysma, they are a pair of flat muscles that run from near the collarbone to the jaw and chin. The platysma are arranged like a pair of theatre curtains. As we age these muscles become thinner, and over time, the force of gravity can cause the “curtains” to sag and separate, revealing the natural layer of fat beneath.
Surgical Options for a Natural Look
The surgical options for making “turkey neck” disappear can achieve natural-looking results in the hands of an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon because the procedure has been refined over vast experience. Many times, the incisions can be place behind the ears or hairline where they become virtually invisible. Depending on each person’s unique features, a natural neck lift can be minimally invasive.
If there is excess skin, then a surgical neck lift is usually the best answer. Though it involves some recovery time, the results of a neck lift are decisive and require no repeating.
Non-Surgical Neck Lifts Grow in Popularity
Injectables and fillers are sometimes used to add volume or reduce wrinkles in the jaw and neck area, depending on a person’s unique needs. If your own goals are defined and limited, they can be effective. In most cases, injectables and fillers call for repeated treatments to achieve the desired result and the effects are temporary. Your plastic surgeon will want to discuss your needs carefully before considering one of these solutions particularly because the teamwork of skin and muscle in the neck is unlike that found anywhere else.
Laser and ultrasound skin tightening are non-invasive methods for smoothing the neck and tightening its appearance. A course of treatments can produce gradual results that last for several months.
In addition, some individuals may be a candidate for a mini neck lift that can be done in the office under local anesthesia.
With all the options available to you now it makes sense to talk with a plastic surgeon who has a wide range of experience and board-certified qualifications. Let us help you choose the approach that’s right for you.
About Mike Majmundar, M.D.
Dr. Mike Majmundar has been named a Top Doctor by Atlanta Magazine, a National Top Doctor by U.S. News & World Report & Castle Connolly, a Top Beauty Expert by The Atlantan, Best Self, and Northside Woman, and Best Botox and Filler Injector by Jezebel. To read his patient reviews, visit RealSelf or Google+. Dr. Majmundar is also a member of the American Association of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the world’s largest association of facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons (with over 4,000 members) and the only organization dedicated to the advancement of plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head and neck, as well as the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery.