Because people come in all shapes and forms, each neck restoration is a unique project. Patients seeking cosmetic neck surgery also typically have skin laxity in other parts of their face. Under these circumstances, it is usually best to include some of the elements of a traditional face-neck lift when approaching their neck. With this technique, not only the skin, but also the deeper muscle and fascia are tightened. For this type of patient, without the incisions of a traditional face lift, an unattractive bulge of skin would be left in front of the ear.
Patients who possess reasonable skin elasticity, have less deformity with the skin and fat, are good candidates for a less invasive technique of neck lifting. SmartLipo is performed under local anesthesia and uses laser energy to break up the fat and stimulate the tightening of skin. A tiny incision is placed below each earlobe; the procedure takes about two hours and patients wear a compression garment for a few weeks. This is a wonderful alternative for patients with less severe neck complaints and appropriate elastic qualities.
Many of our patients who receive Potenza (radiofrequency microneedling) to their face chose to include their neck in the process. Most have experienced mild tightening of the skin. This works best in younger patients with better collagen density in their dermis and is not a substitute for more aggressive treatments.
Find out if you are a candidate for neck rejuvenation by scheduling a complimentary consultation.