Birthdays and gravity are arguably the two biggest contributors to the inevitable and natural process of aging that causes us to lose the youthful, vibrant appearance we enjoyed in our younger years. The aging process affects everyone differently, but a common place that begins to show our age is the neckline which can become loose and saggy as time marches on. Luckily, there are some effective ways to address the dreaded “turkey neck” and help you put your best face forward.
Collagen levels and facial fat naturally decline with age which can result in a loss of youthful firmness and volume and the development of a tired, hollowed-out appearance. A face lift involves the sculpting of more youthful facial contours, the removal of loose, excess skin and the repositioning of the facial skin to create a smoother, firmer appearance. By tightening and lifting the facial skin, the neckline is consequently smoothed and lifted as well.
A neck lift addresses excess skin below the chin and around the jowl area and is often a wonderful complement to a face lift. During this procedure, excess neck skin is removed leaving the neck smooth, firm and more reminiscent of your younger years.
You may not think of liposuction as a solution for a saggy neck, but many people are a good candidate for this body contouring solution. When excess fat deposits accumulate in the neck, it can create a chubby, aged and saggy appearance. For the right candidates, this fat can often be removed via liposuction to create a slimmer, smoother neckline and give you a more youthful appearance. Good skin tone and laxity are necessary for this technique to be successful and not leave behind sagging skin.
Dr. Lee B. Daniel is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and General Surgery. He is a member of numerous societies including the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.