“I Feel Bad About My Neck” is the name of a bestselling book in which the author, among other things, dealt humorously with the loose, crepe-y neck skin she found to be an unfortunate part of her aging process. You might be noticing something like that about your own neck. But if, like many of our patients, you don’t find your neck anything to laugh about, you might want to consider a lower rhytidectomy procedure. So what is that?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons defines a lower rhytidectomy as a neck lift, a surgical procedure that can improve the visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck areas. Those signs can include excess fat and loose skin, skin relaxation in the lower face that creates jowls and excess fatty deposits under the chin.
Our patients say they are often surprised to notice that their necks are aging even faster than their faces, whether from sun damage, weight loss or genetics. But whatever the reasons, the unpleasing results are similar. Yet, because their faces may still be holding up well, they don’t feel ready for a full facelift. That’s why all ages of men and women are choosing to undergo neck lift procedures.
Why do you feel bad about your neck? Do you look in the mirror and see a “turkey wattle,” or excess skin or fat, or “bands” that create strange contours? All these issues can be addressed at the Cosmetic Surgery Center.
Here’s a brief explanation:
Neck lifts include two procedures, both used to enhance the appearance of your neck:
- Cervicoplasty removes excess skin
- Platysmaplasty removes or alters your neck muscles
In addition, liposuction may be included in your neck lift procedure in order to remove unwanted fat that’s often found under the chin. Botox can also be used to reduce the appearance of lines on you neck.
It will be important to meet with your doctor to determine what type of procedure will address your concerns. The good news is, you can love your neck again.
Start by calling our office today, 508-334-5990.
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