Did you know that the hanging, excess skin between a cow’s neck and chin is called a dewlap? Unfortunately, humans can develop the same thing! Fluctuation in weight, heredity, and, of course, age can all play a part. Over time, the skin on your neck loses elasticity and becomes saggy, no longer resembling the long, slender neck of your youth. Don’t worry though, you are not destined to hide behind high collars and scarves the rest of your life! A neck lift can get rid of that excess skin and return your neck to its youthful glory.
From Saggy to Sexy
One of the most tell-tale signs of aging is the appearance of saggy skin on your neck and chin. A neck lift tightens the loose skin and underlying tissues, leaving your neck looking smooth and toned. It not only removes excess skin, it removes years off your appearance! This type of plastic surgery can also address the appearance of jowls or a double chin, as well as abnormal contours caused by aging neck bands. There are several different procedures from which to choose, and they can even be combined and performed simultaneously:
- Thermage and Ulthera. These are non-invasive treatments which provide a mild lift for a rejuvenated neck and/or chin.
- Laser treatments. Primarily used for sun-damaged skin—something we see a lot in Florida—this is a resurfacing technique that tightens and restores damaged tissues with a concentrated light beam that encourages cell regrowth.
- Neck liposuction. Sometimes if you’ve lost weight, your neck takes a while to catch up! Liposuction can remove fatty tissues in your neck and chin. Often this is coupled with the removal of excess skin, a procedure called cervicoplasty.
- Neck cord correction. Medically known as platysmaplasty, this tightens the vertical muscle banding, or cords, that have lost tone and become loose and stretched out.
- Surgical neck lift. A more significant tightening of the skin and underlying muscles and tissues, this can be performed with or without a facelift for an overall restoration of your youthful appearance.
In most cases, recovery takes about a week or two. You should adhere to at-home care instructions and plan on wearing comfortable, loose fitting clothes for a while—button-downed, no pullover shirts! Ice packs can be used to ease any pain or swelling, and you may need to apply antibacterial ointment to incision sites. Grab a pillow or two to keep your head in a comfy position. This is a great opportunity to take a load off and rest! Don’t rush back in to your activities. You should avoid sports for at least three weeks, then gradually increase your intensity level.
If you are noticing you have developed a “dewlap,” your jowls are getting jiggly, or your days of soaking up the sun are making you sag, a neck lift might be just what you need to regain your once-slender neckline. You don’t have to resign yourself to a life of wearing turtlenecks! Call Dr. Lisa J. Learn today at (954) 380-8411, or stop by our Fort Lauderdale FL office. We’ll be happy to provide you with more information on how you can say so long to saggy, excess skin on your neck and chin.