When it comes to looking younger, most of the conversation centers around the face. After all, it is typically the part of your appearance that others notice first. But if there’s one mistake that quickly gives away your age (no matter how much effort you’ve put into your face), it’s forgetting about your neck. Aging of the neck can happen at a rather young age, especially considering how much we tend to move our necks around on a daily basis, and it’s made even worse if you tend to carry excess fat under your chin. If it’s time for you to extend your anti-aging efforts from your face down to your neck, here are a few successful options:
Everyone thinks of a facelift as the primary plastic surgery to repair aging, and a neck lift is essentially the same concept, just focusing on a different area. Aging is a combination of thinning and sagging skin, along with the loosening and shifting of underlying muscle and other tissue. Neck lifts address each of these things directly by trimming away excess skin and restoring thickness and firmness to the remaining skin, while also tightening the neck muscles below. The result is a rejuvenated neck that looks years younger than it did before.
Band Aid Neck Lift
Throughout my career of more than twenty years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I have developed a line of minimally invasive surgeries known as Band Aid procedures, like my well-known Band Aid Mini Facelift. These surgeries offer the precision and effectiveness of cosmetic surgery, but with half the downtime and at half the cost of their traditional counterparts. They are performed in-office with gentle numbing rather than general anesthesia, and because the focus is on making incremental changes over time to maintain a natural look, they’re often ideal for patients who are in the earlier stages of the aging process.
Band Aid Liposuction
In addition to being unhappy with the aged appearance of their neck, a large number of my patients also feel that they have too much fat under their chin as well (or in the “double chin,” as it is sometimes called). The problem can affect people of any age and size, but this fat can be particularly resistant to diet and exercise, so my minimally invasive liposuction can directly remove the stubborn fat. The reduced volume typically leaves patients looking not only thinning but younger, too. If your neck has experienced a combination of both excess fat and aging, Band Aid Liposuction can often be performed during a neck lift or a Band Aid Neck Lift.
Band Aid Skin Tightening
If you’re not quite ready for surgery, non-surgical skin tightening with Protégé technology can be an ideal solution. As an entirely non-invasive treatment (meaning it doesn’t break the skin) which uses precisely controlled warmth to heat the deeper layers of skin. This prompts your body to produce more skin-firming collagen, resulting in more youthful-looking skin after a series of five comfortable treatments.
Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing
As another non-surgical skin treatment option for turning back the clock on your appearance, Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing uses tiny columns of laser light to activate the body’s healing process while clearing away damaged surface skin. Because of this approach, Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing treats not only skin laxity and wrinkles but also age spots, scars, and other surface imperfections.
It may come as bad news to fans of injectables like Botox® and Juvéderm® that these products aren’t typically used for the neck area, but rest assured that you still have a wide enough array of options available to find the best one for you. To get started and discuss all your anti-aging treatment options, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy, Atlanta’s facelift specialist. For more plastic surgery tips and information, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.