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Cosmetic procedures for the neck reduce signs of aging

July 17, 2014, 1:49 am

cosmetic-procedures-for-neckBecause of its thin skin, the neck tends to show signs of aging before other parts of the body, and when the neck begins to age, it may cause an otherwise youthful face to appear older as well. A neck lift and neck liposuction, however, may reduce several signs of aging, and for many patients, may also have the added benefit of making them look significantly slimmer. While some people might try to hide their neck wrinkles and sagging jowls under turtlenecks or high collars and scarves, there are better, more permanent options available, namely a neck lift or neck liposuction. A neck lift or neck liposuction may save you the time and energy spent trying to cover up an unsightly neck while also improving self-esteem and body image by improving the appearance of the neck.

An overview of neck lifts

A neck lift may be performed on its own or in conjunction with neck liposuction to treat excess skin and fat in the neck and jaw. A neck lift is ideal for treating excess fat deposits in the neck, sagging jowls, or a double chin, and sagging or excess skin around the neck. A byproduct of such treatment is often reduced fine lines and deep wrinkles along the neck, as well as an improved appearance of muscle tone. Typically, the final result is a more youthful contour of the neck and lower jaw overall. Neck liposuction often works well in conjunction with a neck lift for maximum results.

An overview of neck liposuction

Neck liposuction is ideal for removing unsightly fat deposits or contouring fat in the neck to create a more pleasing contour. Neck liposuction may address the phenomenon commonly called a double chin, and is ideal for combating excess fat below the chin. Neck liposuction is less invasive than a neck lift, but in some patients, the two may be combined and work well as complimentary procedures. Typically after neck liposuction, patients have a smoother, more muscular, and younger-appearing neck which may add to an overall appearance of youthfulness. However, it is important to note that neck liposuction on its own cannot address loose skin that has lost its elasticity.

How long will neck lift and neck liposuction results last?

Many patients experience benefits from a neck lift or neck liposuction for many years. Many patients are able to go 10 to 15 years before the effects of aging and gravity begin to catch up with them again after a neck lift or neck liposuction; however, the vast majority of patients are still satisfied with their results even after this begins and never need to seek a repeat treatment.

Ultimately, how long your results from a neck lift or neck liposuction last will depend on a number of factors. Patients who are able to prolong their results typically manage their weight and stay within a healthy weight range for their body, use generous amounts of sunscreen and take other sun precautions, and follow a regular skin care routine that includes paying attention to the skin of the neck and upper chest. Sunscreen in particular is of importance, as the skin of the neck and upper chest are thinner than in other areas of the body and thus prone to wrinkling and showing signs of aging before other parts of the body.

Many patients find that a neck lift and neck liposuction take more years off the face than an actual face lift. However, to determine if neck liposuction, a neck lift, or a facelift might be the ideal procedures for you, take a moment today to call Kansas City Surgical Arts at (816) 286-4126 and schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Matt Hlavacek.