Leave the Giggly Necks to Turkeys This Holiday Season

neck liftWhen you think of a loose giggly neck, at this time of year it can only mean one thing — Thanksgiving turkey!

What? That’s not what you thought of? You thought of the loose hanging skin on your neck? Of the banding? Of the jowls?

Hmm. You could need a neck lift by Dr. Lavey.

What’s up with my neck?

Gravity and aging are not kind to our necks. Our necks are one of the first areas on the body to show aging. That’s a surprise to most people. A couple things are at work here. First, our muscles become less taut as we age. On the neck this shows itself with lovely neck bands. Second, our skin loosens as we age and our bodies stop producing as much collagen. And where our skin usually has bone and muscle structure under it to support it, on the neck the skin is simply hanging downward. No wonder it’s drooping after decades of existence!

People forget their necks

What’s interesting is that people are always concerned about their faces and aging. They may opt for a facelift, or a brow lift, maybe both. They may opt for fillers and Botox to fight back the ongoing march of wrinkles.

But they tend to stop at the chin, and this can be a glaring mistake. After all, in California we spend a lot of time out in the nice weather. And if you’re in a tank top there can be a notable demarcation line where a facelift stops and your neck still shows its age. A neck lift with Dr. Lavey will let your neck keep up with your face.

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift is a facial plastic surgery procedure that addresses loose neck skin, excess fat under the chin, excess skin and sagging skin in the lower face, and muscle banding on the neck. In a neck lift, Dr. Lavey removes excess fat and skin, but usually also tightens the underlying muscles. A good candidate for a neck lift has most of their facial aging showing on the lower part of the face.

How does Dr. Lavey do a neck lift?

The most common technique involves making incisions around the bottom of the ears, extending into the hairline. The skin and muscle tissue is then lifted upward and outward in the neck and lower cheeks. Excess skin is removed.

For older patients, Dr. Lavey will often remove excess skin and fat, but won’t reposition underlying tissue. This leaves a vertical scar down the center of the neck.

Patients with excess fat only and good skin tone (a double chin) may be treated with liposuction alone.

For neck banding, Dr. Lavey removes the bands or repositions them.

Don’t be a like a turkey this Thanksgiving, get a neck lift with Dr. Lavey. Call us at 925-820-3633 to schedule your consultation

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