Neck Tightening – Are you ready for this?

Neck aging is a focus for many of my patients. Significant weight loss, aging, accumulated sun exposure and genetics all contribute to necks with banding, jowling along the jaw line, and lax skin. (Remember Ally Mcbeal and the waddle fetish?) I see this in women in their 40’s and older. While injectibles do a nice job on smoothing lines and crevices in the face, the neck demands more.

Early banding and good skin quality may be remedied by Botox or Dysport injections. These medications weaken muscles, and may resolve early banding. The first two treatments should take place 3-4 months apart, and then can lengthen to every 6-9 months. These injections are also great in alleviating lines that encircle the neck.

Greater skin and muscle laxity require surgical necklifting. With a hidden incision around the ear and possibly under the neck, muscle laxity can be tightened, and excess skin can be removed, smoothing the neck and jawline in a beautiful, natural way. Incisions fall into normal skin creases and become imperceptible over the course of several months. Sutures are out within a week, and downtime is less than you might think! This procedure refreshes the appearance and turns back the clock.

Necklifting can be combined with other procedures. Peels improve skin quality of the face. Surgical procedures to rejuvenate the eyelids (blepharoplasty), browlift and facelift are natural accompaniments to necklifting. Breast and body procedures such as liposuction and tummy tuck may also be performed, as desired. Surgery is performed in an accredited facility either on site in our ambulatory surgery center or at a local hospital, with safety as the ultimate priority.

Please contact Dr. Shermak by email at [email protected], or make an appointment by calling 410-616-3000 to meet with Dr. Shermak to discuss your best options in reaching your aesthetic goals.

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