The aging process is usually very evident on the neck as gravity forces the skin downward. This process speeds up when the skin is less taut or brittle with visible wrinkles. The good thing is that a neck lift can help reverse the signs of someone appearing much older.
Just like a facelift, a neck lift involves the removal of excess skin and some fatty tissue. The procedure is not for everyone. You can find out if you are a candidate for a neck lift.
If you have a double chin, you may be a candidate for a neck lift. The double chin is the fat or fullness that develops under the chin. It is often associated with drastic weight gain, but it can also be due to aging and genetics.
People with weak chins or short necks are more likely to develop a double chin. If you have fat deposits or sagging skin, you are a candidate for a neck lift. The procedure can help create some definition for your neck.
The gradual breakdown of skin collagen and the effects of gravity lead to the development of a turkey neck. Collagen is responsible for skin firmness. The aging process leads to the production of less of the protein.
As the neck muscles weaken, you end up with sagging skin. If you have a turkey neck, you can be a candidate for a neck lift. The procedure can help eliminate the excess skin while tightening the loose neck muscles.
Youth is usually characterized by a full face. As you age, your cheeks lose some volume, and the jawline begins to sag. The result of this is jowls, the face taking on a trapezoid shape. If you have a poorly defined jawline, you are a candidate for a neck lift. The procedure can create a more youthful and pleasant-looking appearance. It may be beneficial to get a lower facelift alongside the neck lift.
If you have neck wrinkles or creases resulting from muscle weakening, you are a good candidate for a neck lift. The creases result from the breakdown of collagen and prolonged sun exposure. Neck lift surgery can help reduce the appearance of moderate or severe wrinkles and creases. The procedure can help smooth out your chin and neck.
The neck muscles are hidden behind fat layers. As people age, the fat that acts as padding decreases, reducing the barrier between the skin and the muscle. This results in the development of platysmal bands around the neck. These form from just below the chin to the Adam's apple.
If you have vertical bands, you can be a candidate for a neck lift. The procedure can help eliminate the bands by elevating the skin to tighten the underlying muscles.
The specific details of the neck lift will depend on a patient’s unique condition. Results will vary from one individual to the next. Talk to a plastic surgeon to find out if you can benefit from the procedure.
To find out if you are a candidate for a neck lift, contact Kenneth Bermudez, MD, at our office in San Francisco, California. You can call (415) 712-1800 today to schedule an appointment.