Everyone knows that skin starts to sag and fatty deposits form as people get older. While many people associate signs of aging with the face alone, the appearance of the neck also starts to change as people get older. Neck rejuvenation options like the non-surgical neck lift at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, Texas can help to turn back the clock, giving you a tighter and more defined jawline and neck area. Consult with Dr. Vitenas to learn more about your options!
What Is Neck Rejuvenation?
Neck rejuvenation can be any procedure or technique that smooths necklines and wrinkles, tightens the neck muscles, and/or reduces a double chin. Neck rejuvenation procedures can include laser skin resurfacing, skin tightening with ultrasound energy, non-surgical neck lift techniques, and liposuction of the neck.
In some cases, a person might combine a face lift with a neck lift to rejuvenate the entire lower portion of the face and neck. Non-surgical neck rejuvenation treatments, however, are ideal for people who are just starting to see signs of aging in the neck area and who don’t have time to prepare for or recover from a lengthy surgery.
Why Choose Non-Surgical Neck Rejuvenation?
When it comes to procedures that reduce signs of aging, the face gets a lot of attention and the neck is often neglected. But the neck can develop signs of aging just as the face does. Since people are often so focused on rejuvenating the face, the neck typically gets left behind.
Not only is the neck area often overlooked by people looking to rejuvenate their appearance, but it’s also one of the first parts of the body to develop signs of aging. This is because the skin in the neck area is often thinner than the rest of the skin. The large neck muscle, the platysma, also begins to sag early on. The platysma is loosely attached and is more subject to the signs of aging than other muscles in the body.
The result of this imbalance is usually a youthful-looking face and a neck that has lots of wrinkles and sagging. Non-invasive neck lift techniques can help create balance in your appearance. It can smooth neck wrinkles, eliminate fatty deposits, and reduce the appearance of platysmal bands.
Neck rejuvenation can also be ideal for people who have experienced weight loss and now have loose skin in the neck area. Skin retracts naturally, but only to a certain point.
Depending on the particular concerns you’re experiencing in the neck area, a non-surgical neck lift in Houston could help to restore the appearance of your neck and make you feel more confident in how you look. Goals can be discussed during a one-on-one with Dr. Vitenas.
Who Is a Candidate for Non-Surgical Neck Lift?
People who are good candidates for neck rejuvenation will have already started to see signs of aging or changes in the neck area. Those changes might include the development of a double chin, a saggy neck (also called a turkey neck), and lines and wrinkles in the neck.
Candidates for neck rejuvenation should be in good overall health. Prospective candidates who smoke should quit for at least a few weeks before and after the procedure, particularly if they choose a surgical option.
Some people might be better suited for certain kinds of neck rejuvenation than others. For example, someone with a double chin and good skin elasticity might be a good candidate for treatment with the CoolMini while a person with poorer skin elasticity might be a better candidate for a surgical option.
It’s a good idea to discuss your particular concerns during a neck rejuvenation consultation. Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique offers multiple treatment options and techniques to refresh and restore the appearance of the neck non-surgically, with Dr. Paul Vitenas standing by to consult with patients who prefer a surgical neck lift option.
How to Get Rid of Turkey Neck
Is your neck starting to sag and look like your favorite holiday bird? One of the reasons many people feel bad about their necks as they age is due to loose neck skin, also called a turkey’s wattle or turkey neck.
A turkey neck forms as the skin loses elasticity and the platysma muscle becomes weaker. Turkey neck surgery is one sure-fire way to minimize the appearance of a turkey’s wattle and to make the neck look more youthful. Looking at neck lift before and after photos can give you an idea of the type of results that are common.
During neck surgery, a plastic surgeon removes excess, loose skin and tightens the platysma muscle. If needed, they might also remove fatty deposits from the area beneath the chin.
A mini neck lift is a shortened version of neck surgery and is usually recommended for people with less advanced signs of aging.
Surgical techniques for a turkey neck and other signs of aging in the neck area often provide long-lasting results. The trade-off is that they usually also require a lengthy preparation period and recovery period after the procedure. Surgery can be the right option for the appropriate candidate, but there are also non-surgical procedures that might be a better fit for the majority of patients.
All options can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Vitenas.
How to Tighten Neck Skin Without Surgery
Depending on your particular concerns, you have multiple options that can give you the results of a neck lift without surgery.
Ulthera is an FDA-approved treatment that uses ultrasound energy to reduce laxity in the skin, without the need for surgery. The treatment is performed in-office, doesn’t require anesthesia, and usually takes less than one hour.
This non-surgical neck lift procedure is ideal for people who are just beginning to notice sagging and laxity in the neck area and in the lower part of the face. It can also treat the upper area of the face and the décolletage.
Laxity in the skin isn’t the only issue that affects the neck area as people get older. Limelight IPL is a type of laser treatment that uses intense pulsed light to help improve the tone of the skin. The laser treatment targets the dermal layer of skin, helping to reduce the appearance of dark spots and redness on the skin of the neck.
CoolSculpting is a fat reduction treatment that eliminates unwanted, excess fat from the body by exposing it to cold temperatures. The cold destroys the fat cells so that the body can flush them away. Once destroyed, the fat will not return.
The CoolMini is a special CoolSculpting applicator designed for use in the area beneath the chin. It is an effective way to shrink down a double chin and get rid of unwanted fat in the area, without the need for liposuction surgery.
Treatment with the Cool Mini takes about an hour. During the treatment, you’ll be able to relax, read, or scroll through your phone. After treatment, your body will need some time to eliminate the fat cells. Many people see a 20% reduction in the fat in the under chin area within three months. This is one of the popular choices patients opt for as an alternative to neck lift surgery.
Cutera 3D Skin Rejuvenation
Some non-surgical treatments only target a particular area of the skin, which is why they often produce results that aren’t as dramatic as those from plastic surgery.
That’s not the case with Cutera 3D Skin Rejuvenation. The non-surgical neck lift treatment combines three procedures, each of which focuses on a particular problem area. The treatments that are part of the Cutera 3D Skin rejuvenation system include:
- Limelight IPL
- Laser Genesis
- Titan Skin Tightening
Limelight IPL helps to improve the tone of skin, while Laser Genesis improves the texture of the neck. Titan uses infrared light to stimulate collagen production and tighten loose skin in the neck area.
Typically, each treatment during the Cutera 3D Skin Rejuvenation process is performed on its own, and treatments are usually spaced several weeks apart.
How to Prepare for Non-Surgical Neck Rejuvenation
The best way to prepare for non-surgical neck rejuvenation is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas to learn more about your options and to choose the treatment that will best meet your needs.
Generally speaking, little preparation is needed before a non-surgical treatment. Most likely, you can expect to be asked to avoid sun exposure, particularly if you are choosing a laser treatment to reduce dark spots or to improve skin texture.
What to Expect After the Procedure
Non-surgical neck rejuvenation procedures typically do not require a lengthy recovery period, unlike surgery. Many people are able to return to work right after their treatment, or if they prefer, the day after treatment.
There might be some bruises, swelling, or redness in the treated area, depending on the procedure you choose. These side effects should go away on their own within days or weeks, however.
Risks and Side Effects of Non-Surgical Neck Lift Treatments
Non-surgical neck lift treatments are usually low risk and have few side effects. Redness and swelling are two of the most commonly reported side effects from treatments such as Cutera and Ulthera. After treatment with the CoolMini, some people report feeling temporary numbness or tingling in the area under the chin.
How to Tighten Sagging Skin on Face
Many people who want to restore the neck area are also concerned about the appearance of their face. Fortunately, many non-invasive neck lift options exist to tighten facial skin that has become loose as a result of a loss of collagen, gravity, and other effects of aging. Most of these lift techniques can be used to treat the face and neck simultaneously.
A facelift is often recommended for people who have a notable amount of skin laxity. Non-surgical options can also help to tighten sagging skin on the face. Ulthera uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production. After treatment with Ulthera, the renewed collagen production firms the skin, reducing laxity.
Cutera 3-D Skin Rejuvenation is another option for tightening sagging skin on the face without surgery. The treatment combines three procedures into one to improve skin texture and tone and to tighten sagging skin. Ulthera and Cutera are ideal for people who are just beginning to experience laxity in the skin around the chin, cheeks, and jowls.
Frequently Asked Questions
“Turkey neck” is a descriptive term for loose skin and muscle under the chin, in the neck area. It gets the name because the loose skin resembles the wattle of a turkey.
A double chin occurs when a person has excess fat under the chin. The fatty deposits make it look as if they have a second chin hanging down beneath the first. People can have a double chin whether they are overweight or not.
Genucel Jawline Treatment uses advanced skincare technology to improve the appearance of the jawline and to reduce the look of a double chin. The Genucel Jawline cream will not produce results that are comparable to in-office treatments, but it can make a difference for some patients.
If you have dark spots on your neck, such as sunspots or freckles, laser treatments such as Fraxel or LimeLight IPL can help to lighten them. Laser treatments work by encouraging collagen production and by exfoliating away dead and damaged skin cells.
How long a non-surgical neck rejuvenation treatment takes depends in large part on the type of treatment. Most can be completed in about an hour, if not less. Some treatments require 90 minutes. While many procedures only require only one treatment session, some need multiple sessions, spaced out over several weeks.
When can I return to work after non-surgical neck rejuvenation?
You can go back to work immediately after most non-surgical neck lift treatments if you want. Some people decide to take the rest of the day off or even an additional day to allow for any swelling, bruising, or redness to diminish.
Is non-surgical neck rejuvenation painful?
Many people find that non-surgical neck lift treatments aren’t painful. Some, such as Ulthera, do produce a tingling sensation as the handpiece moves over the skin.
How much does a non-surgical neck lift cost?
A surgical neck lift costs up to $10,000 or more. Generally, a mini neck lift costs less. Non-surgical options are usually much more affordable than neck lift surgery. Depending on the treatment you choose, the cost can be a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
Dr. Paul Vitenas and the staff at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, Texas offer multiple neck rejuvenation options such as non-surgical neck lift solutions. To learn more about the available procedures, call 281-810-9083 to schedule a consultation today.