A neck lift can improve your neckline by providing a smoother contour and better-defined jawline.

Aging can lead to changes in the neck resulting in various combinations of fat excess, skin laxity and muscle weakness. Depending upon your aesthetic concerns and desires, top New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Zubowski can recommend a specific neck lift procedure or neck tightening treatment plan to create the most natural results possible to fix problems such as turkey wattle neck, excess fat or too much skin around the neck and jawline.

If your problem is limited to excess fat below the chin and jaw line, and your skin tone is good, then neck liposuction might be the answer. Dr. Zubowski will make one or two small incisions on the underside of the chin and/or earlobe and place a small tube called a “cannula” beneath the skin to remove excess fat and provide a more youthful contour to the neck.

Sagging or “vertical cords” in the neck results from weakening of a thin muscle called the “platysma.” Platysmaplasty is a procedure that allows Dr. Zubowski to tighten these muscle bands to create a smoother neck contour and better-defined jawline. Platysmaplasty can be performed alone or in combination with neck liposuction.

Finally, when there is a large amount of skin in the neck, then a full neck lift surgery is generally recommended. The doctor will make limited incisions behind the ears and possibly under the chin, through which he can tighten the underlying muscle, remove any excess fat and then lift and re-drape the skin to provide a smooth and natural contour. Tissue glue is frequently used to adhere the skin, minimize swelling and eliminate the use of drains.

There are also less invasive cosmetic procedures, such as a laser neck lift. Laser neck lifts are ideal for many middle-aged adults. A laser neck lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to improve the appearance of the neck, throat, and chin. Laser neck lifts can be done to reduce the severity of a double chin, get rid of unsightly jowls, and eliminate turkey wattles around the neck. The laser neck lift can be performed with an internal laser such as smartlipo liposculpture or with a fractional laser, which acts externally to tighten the skin. A laser neck lift takes about two hours under a local anesthetic. Patients often see fast results during the first week of surgery and continued improvement in the following two to three months.

For a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well defined, a mini neck lift can be ideal. Most patients in their thirties to fifties are the perfect candidates for mini neck lifts, but mini neck lifts can be done successfully on people in their seventies or eighties as well. A mini neck lift usually takes an hour. A mini neck lift or Submentoplasty is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging of the neck. Excess fat and loss of muscle tone results in fullness of the neck and poor definition of the jaw line. The mini lift procedure tightens the neck muscles and removes excess fat of the neck. Dr. Zubowski uses state-of the-art techniques to remove most of the neck fat, which results in a more sculpted, youthful and natural looking appearance.

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