Do you wish you could get rid of that turkey waddle on your neck? There are several options for helping to get rid of that waddle. Depending on your age, certain non-surgical options exist which can help. For older people who no longer have good skin elasticity, surgical intervention may be necessary. The good news is that most of the procedures can be performed using local anesthesia in an office setting?
What are my options for helping the neck?
While there are several non-surgical options for improving the neck, the most drastic improvement which will be necessary in older people and those with significant neck concern will be seen with surgery. The options are neck lift, liposuction, and lower facelift. A neck lift is a procedure which is aimed at improving neck contour alone. This usually will not correct the jowl area or cheeks. A platysmaplasty may be necessary to correct laxity of the neck muscle which can produce bands in the midline of the neck. Liposuction is a good option for excess fat under the neck. Unfortunately in individuals over 40 years of age, additional procedures are often necessary to correct skin laxity which occurs after the fat is removed.
What is the latest innovation in neck surgery?
The latest procedure to hit the market is the ribbon lift. A tunnel is made under the skin into the neck area. The incision is made just in front of or below the ear. An absorbable device is then placed to hold the muscle of the neck up and hold the skin in place. Excess skin can be trimmed and the incision closed. The device will be absorbed by the body in several months.
What is the down time?
Down time for the procedures depends on the actual procedure that is performed. More extensive procedures will have longer down time. As with everything, consultation with an experienced and trained facial plastic surgeon is necessary to determine if you are a candidate, which procedure is best, and what the risks are with the procedure. The surgeon can also talk with you about the expected recover.
What is the cost of the procedure?
Costs of the procedures vary. Most surgeons will offer some type of financing and these are cosmetic procedures and generally not covered by insurance.
For more information about neck lift or neck liposuction visit Dr. Verret on the web or call for an appointment 972.608.0100.
Dr. Verret is a facial plastic surgeon in the north Dallas suburb of Plano, TX. He is board certified in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery and fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes only in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck. His practice includes surgical and non-surgical techniques including Botox, Juvederm, facial fillers, acne scar revision, rhinoplasty (nasal reshaping), neck liposuction, blepharoplasty, facelift, eyelift, brow lift, and hair restoration. For more information be sure to visit him on the web or call for an appointment at 972.608.0100.