The Most Common Reasons to Consider a Neck Lift

When people think of cosmetic surgery, the neck is not typically what they think of. With so much attention paid to the face, breasts and stomach, it’s easy for your neck to get lost in the shuffle.  Your neck is commonly where the signs of aging begin to show. Patients with excess, hanging skin or fat along their chin, jawline and neck can benefit from neck lift surgery.

The Most Common Reasons to Consider a Neck LiftDuring a neck lift procedure, I use liposuction to remove excess fat from underneath the neck (double chin) and the jawline. Then, the sagging skin is removed and the underlying muscles are tightened to produce a tighter, more pleasing appearance. A neck lifts serves as a perfect complement to a full or mini facelift procedure to provide more comprehensive rejuvenation. Neck lifts at SPS are performed under local anesthetic.

Undergoing a neck lift procedure can alleviate the following aesthetic afflictions:

Turkey wattle:

The sagging skin found underneath your chin is commonly known as a turkey wattle, or turkey neck. The turkey wattle can be caused by weakened or loose muscles in the neck or loose neck skin that results from weight loss and/or aging.

Excess fat:

The accrual of excess fat around the face and neck can be the result of excess weight, obesity, aging or water retention. Other medical conditions like Cushing’s syndrome or thyroid issues can also lead to excess neck fat.

Excess skin:

Sagging skin under the chin is one of the tell-tale signs of aging. Exercising face and neck muscles generally cannot provide results; only a neck or face lift can properly dispel the excess skin from around your neck and chin.

A standard neck lift is not your only option at Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS). I also offer less invasive neck lift techniques to tighten the skin and muscles of the chin and neck. My technique for this procedure offer excellent, natural-looking results and a relatively short downtime for patients with more mild signs of aging of the lower face and neck.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look younger, and for many, that begins with your neck. A neck lift procedure at SPS can be your first step to a new, youthful appearance. Contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today to set up a neck lift consultation. While you’re there, ask about ask about the available neck lift options including the direct excision technique. In the meantime, please check out our gallery of before and after facelift photos to see the astonishing results for yourself.

Plastic Surgery Slang Part 1: Face

Whether it’s intended to be a cute description like love handles or more of a joke like turkeyneck, slang words related to plastic surgery are all over the internet. In fact, we commonly use these terms in our blogs. Most of these plastic surgery slang terms are self explanatory, but we thought we would break it down for you in case you’re not familiar.

“Elevens” – Also known as glabellar lines, these vertical lines between the eyebrows are often caused by repeated facial expressions such as frowning. Although they’re called elevens, at times, they appear as one line and sometimes three. These unwanted lines are often remedied with Botox® or Dysport® to relax the wrinkle-causing muscles.

“Bags” – Whether they’re caused by lack of sleep, allergies, or stored fat pockets, we’re all familiar with unsightly bags that form under the eyes. Depending on their cause, certain skin care products may reduce the appearance of under eye bags. Patients who have bags under their eyes caused by fat pads can benefit from lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).

“Crow’s Feet” – Rather than between the eyes, these lines surround the outer corners of the eyes and are often caused by repeated facial expressions such as smiling. Botox® and Dysport® are successful in treating these lines as well.

“Turkeyneck” – If an image of a droopy chin came to mind as soon as you saw this one, then you probably know what it means. With age, the skin loses elasticity, collagen production slows, and the skin begins to sag. A turkeyneck describes drooping skin beneath the chin and is often remedied by neck lift surgery. Dr. David Whiteman prefers neck lift surgery with iGuide® for its natural-looking results and minimal downtime.

“Parentheses” – These lines, also known as nasolabial folds, extend from corners of the nose to the edges of the mouth and deepen with age. Many patients with these wrinkles pursue facial filling treatments like Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Juvéderm®.

“Nose Job” – This is one of the most common plastic surgery slang terms describing rhinoplasty, or surgery of the nose. Rhinoplasty may be pursued for cosmetic or reconstructive purposes in order to reshape the nose or to restore functionality and aesthetics.

“Brotox” – Due to the increase in the number of men seeking Botox®, the media has coined a nickname for men using the product: Brotox. More men are seeking cosmetic procedures in order to stay looking young in the workplace, and many begin with Botox® and facial fillers for facial rejuvenation.

“Trout Pout” – While lip enhancement done well looks great, the phrase trout pout isn’t always positive. Although the trout pout  or big plumped up lips were popular a couple of years ago, patients are now opting for a more natural lip enhancement with fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane®.

Contact our office to learn more about a certain procedure or to schedule a consultation. Check out the blog about current specials on cosmetic injectables, facial fillers, and Latisse. Be sure to stay tuned for our upcoming blog on plastic surgery slang for the body. In the mean time, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.