As the body ages, the chemical compounds in our skin, particularly collagen and elastin, can begin to deteriorate. As a result, the muscles can weaken, and skin can begin to droop in prominent areas, such as the neck, creating a loose, “saggy” appearance. Fortunately, there are treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, that can tighten or remove the drooping skin and restore a firmer look to the neck. Often, a combination of treatments is necessary for optimal wrinkle and skin tightening. No matter the route you choose, Dr. Amir Nasir, our board-certified plastic surgeon, has the skills and experience to provide you with the firm neck you desire.
Traditionally, patients with excess neck skin are advised to undergo a neck lift. During this surgery, Dr. Nasir will either remove the excess skin (cervicoplasty), tighten the muscles (platysmaplasty), or perform some combination of both. The incisions are usually made around the ear or under the chin, but the exact location(s) may vary depending on the precise location of fat buildup or excess skin.
You may also benefit from a facelift, which differs from neck lift in its operation. Facelift incisions are usually made around the hairline or temples, targeting sagging skin or wrinkles in the mid-to-lower facial region. While a facelift is not designed to address the neck in particular (rather, a neck lift is), it can provide the same effect that it does on the mouth and cheeks. For this reason, Dr. Nasir often finds it helpful to combine these two procedures for the most natural outcome.
Those interested in removing neck fat may also consider liposuction, which can be highly effective in removing isolated pockets of fatty tissue. Like a neck lift or facelift, liposuction is a major surgery, but it generally involves a minimally invasive procedure and less recovery time.
Alternatively, for those with less advanced sagging, non-surgical methods are available. For example, Dr. Nasir can use an injectable dermal filler, such as Juvederm or Radiesse, to smooth out wrinkles and skin in the neck. However, please note that dermal fillers tend to work more efficiently on mild neck sagginess. Those with more pronounced excessive skin may be better suited for a surgical procedure. Please also keep in mind that a surgical procedure will typically yield longer-lasting results than a dermal filler.
Dr. Nasir is always thrilled to help patients reach their cosmetic goals using his vast knowledge of plastic surgery. We welcome you to contact us today to schedule your consultation.