The passage of time has an effect on various areas of the skin and body, and the neck and jawline are no exception. As you age, you may notice the skin on your neck begin to droop. Or, you may notice fat accumulate underneath your chin, diminishing what was once a sleek jawline. Unfortunately, the neck area is one of the most difficult areas to refine through diet, exercise or skin care products. Fairfield County Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Sandra Margoles, a leading plastic surgeon in Fairfield County, has helped countless people enhance the appearance of their neck and jawline through several cosmetic options. In this blog post, Dr. Margoles outlines common aesthetic concerns regarding the neck, and the treatment options she offers.
Neck Lift for the Dreaded “Turkey Neck”
Neck lift is a surgical procedure that eliminates loose, hanging skin on the chin and neck. During the procedure, Dr. Margoles excises the excess skin and tightens the remaining skin, lifting it to a tauter position. The result? Well-defined neck and chin contours that contribute to an overall more youthful facial appearance. By tightening the skin on the neck, Dr. Margoles is also able to eliminate neck bands (the vertical lines on the neck).
Liposuction and SmartLipo for the Unwanted “Double Chin”
If you are embarrassed by pesky fat underneath the chin (most commonly known as “double chin”), liposuction can help. Liposuction has long been considered to be the gold standard in unwanted fat removal. During the procedure, Dr. Margoles makes small, inconspicuous incisions on the neck and chin and then uses a surgical tool to break up and suction the fatty tissue in the treatment area.
Dr. Margoles also offers SmartLipo, a form of laser liposuction that is less invasive than traditional liposuction. SmartLipo uses focused laser light to painlessly liquefy and destroy fat cells in the treatment area; in this case, the neck and chin. With SmartLipo, you can expect a much quicker procedure and recovery than with traditional liposuction. Traditional liposuction requires anesthesia and incisions, and, as a result, comes with more risks than SmartLipo. Both procedures have proven track records of achieving beautiful, stunning results. The best procedure for you will depend on several factors, including your personal needs and goals.
Botox for Unsightly Neck Bands
If your only concern is neck bands (and not loose skin or unwanted fat) Dr. Margoles may recommend Botox. This injectable treatment is commonly used to treat a range of facial signs of aging, including crow’s feet, frown lines and wrinkles. When treating the neck area, Dr. Margoles will inject small amounts of Botox into the targeted area. The injections work by relaxing the muscles underneath the skin, which in turn smooth out the lines and wrinkles on the overlying skin. The appearance of the skin bands diminishes, creating a more youthful neck and facial appearance. Botox can be performed in a quick lunchtime appointment and can produce a smoother neckline painlessly and in no time.
Contact Dr. Margoles Today
Want to learn more about your neck contouring options? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Margoles today. During your consultation, Dr. Margoles will discuss your aesthetic concerns and goals with you in order to determine the best treatment option for you. Please call her plastic surgery practice at (203) 869-2939.