Q: What are the most effective procedures or treatments for sagging neck and jowls?
A: Many options for enhancing the appearance of a “Double Chin” and / or “Turkey neck” under the jawline and neck are available. These include:
1. Surgical procedures:
a. “mini” lipo-contouring
b. Facial lipo-contouring (of the lower cheeks, jowl, jawline, double chin and neck) and neck suspension
c. Facial lipo-contouring and neck muscle lift (platysmaplasty) with or without neck suspension
d. Direct excision, ie. surgical incision with visual removal of the fat
- Facelift elevation with SMASplasty in-continuity across the neck
2. Non-Surgical procedure:
a. Fat freezing using the CoolSculpting Cool-Mini applicator for under the chin and small fat bulges. “Cool-Mini” is the newest applicator in the line-up of CoolSculpting options specifically created for smaller areas such as the fat under the chin. It may also be used for non-surgical fat reduction in other small areas, such as the upper inner thigh, upper breast / armpit fat and equally smaller fat bulges.
3. And, now, Minimally Invasive procedures:
a. ThermiTIGHT, a radio-frequency needle sized probe placed under the skin with local anesthetic to directly contract the skin using a very sophisticated controlled thermal unit for an immediate and 1-2 year progressive enhancement.
b. Sculptra, a injectible medication which stimulates skin fibroblasts to produce the structural molecules for skin firming, thickening and resistance to creasing.
c. Silhouette InstaLift, a non-surgical dissolvable suture made of Sculptra to: lift, compress and stimulate tightening of the skin and fibro-fatty tissues of the neck, jowl, cheek, temple and brow.
While the alternatives are expanding for results in neck enhancement (as with other procedures) you should expect a far smaller improvement with non-surgical and minimally invasive options as you would from surgical procedures.
When improvement of the muscle bands and loose skin become an issue, these minimally invasive and non-surgical options will not provide adequate tightening and lift. For these enhancements, a platysmaplasty, neck suspension and / or redraping and removal of excess skin are surgically necessary.
In all cases, please consult with a well experienced and talented Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for your best evaluation and recommendations. I hope this is helpful. Good luck with your journey!
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