The neck is made of skin, a collagen-rich matrix layer, and a deep muscle layer. The muscle layer, or platysma, envelops the neck and acts like a sling to support the tissues of the neck. Over time, one or more of these tissue layers may lose elasticity, making a surgical neck lift or neck liposuction necessary for Houston area residents.
Gravity and genetics are the key components that cause signs of aging in the neck. As aging occurs, gravity pulls on the neck tissues causing them to droop and fall. Also, the collagen and elastin-rich matrix of tissue deep in the skin slowly degrades. These actions provide less support to the tissues of the neck, and, over a lifetime, loose tissue, also known as a “waddle,” can form in the neck.
Genetics also plays a major role in aging of the neck and in the development of excess fat in the neck. The end result is loose skin in the neck, excess soft tissue and fat in the neck, and loss of the sharp, youthful angle of the neck.
Botox® can be used to reduce the appearance of platysmal banding or the vertical lines in the middle compartment of the neck. The BTL Exilis Ultra laser can be used to: (1) reduce fat in the central compartment, and (2) tighten the collagen matrix of the neck to enhance the neck contour.
Overcoming concerns with the neck is predominantly addressed through surgical approaches. A little excess fat and mild droopiness of the neck tissues can be effectively removed with liposuction. Liposuction removes the excess fat and tightens the tissues of the neck. It is commonly performed in conjunction with RT Mini Facelift, but it can be performed alone. The purpose of liposuction is not only to remove excess fat, but also to trigger a platysma muscle contracture. This tightens the neck and sharpens the neck/chin angle.
Significant excess neck tissue and excess fat must be addressed with a combination of liposuction and neck lifting. The neck lift is most often performed with a full facelift, but can be performed independently as well.
These procedures are performed under local anesthesia, deep sedation, or general anesthesia. The procedure itself takes 30 minutes to an hour. Patients are able to go home the same day and are able to return to full physical activity within one week.
*Individual results may vary