The neck is often the first part of the body to show signs of aging, because its skin tends to be thin and is subjected to constant movement. Moreover, your neck doesn’t even get a break when you’re sleeping, as it’s usually twisted in a position that adds to the “turkey neck” effect, as well as bands, wrinkles and general sagging.
However, there are many options to obtain a younger looking neck. What you choose depends upon your personal preferences, budget, physiology and willingness to go under the scalpel.
Other than using creams or neck-strengthening exercises, Botox injections may be one of the least invasive methods of a neck lift. In an article in the Palm Beach Post, plastic surgeon Anita Mandal, M.D., wrote that Botox injections are commonly used by experienced healthcare professionals in order to give patients firmer neck skin.
According to Mandal, the injectable works best on people with hyperactive platysmal muscle bands, which run vertically in the neck but can cause a horizontal banding effect.
The Cleveland Clinic reports that Botox injections in the neck may reduce the appearance of banding, and are also an anesthesia-free outpatient procedure.
The medical resource also states that liposuction of the neck may be effective at shaving years off a patient’s appearance. During traditional fat-sucking procedures, an incision is made under the chin and tubes suction out excess tissue.
However, men and women seeking major neck-slimming need not be subjected to these antiquated methods any longer. Today, laser liposuction techniques allow for fat removal with smaller incisions and less healing time. This is because the technology allows a healthcare provider to liquefy fat before suctioning it from the body, making the whole process easier.
A traditional neck lift – which is also called a cervicoplasty – may involve a number of incisions and sites of tissue removal. For instance, a surgeon would typically cut from the chin to the ears in order to gain access to the neck muscles and any underlying fat. From there, the physician may tighten muscle, remove fat and cut away excess skin. This procedure may involve general or local anesthesia, and weeks of recovery time.
Individuals who want a slimmer or younger looking neck should discuss all of their options with their healthcare provider in order to choose the method that suits them best.