Neck Contouring / Neck Lift Tampa
As people age or experience fluctuations in their weight, the neck can become heavy and ill-defined. Early findings of slight fullness under the chin (submentum) and/or mild skin laxity in this area may progress to greater heaviness and skin laxity. Depending on the severity the condition may be described as a double chin or a turkey neck. As the severity of submental fullness and neck skin laxity increases the youthful well-defined sharp jaw neck angle (cervicomental angle) becomes less well-defined. Neck Contouring or Neck Lift can provide a dramatic improvement in the definition between neck and chin.
Types of Corrective Neck Contouring/Lift Procedures:
- Laser Assisted Neck Contouring: This procedure uses a special laser to break up fatty tissue (lipolysis laser – in our clinic we use either the AccuSculpt laser or the SmartLipo laser) and a liposuction cannula to remove the excess fatty tissue.
- Submentoplasty: This procedure may involve surgical removal of excess skin under the chin with or without tightening of the Platysma muscle (thin sheet-like muscle that protects deeper structures in the neck).
- Neck Lift: The neck lift may incorporate Laser Assisted Neck Contouring and tightening of the platysma muscle as well as surgical repositioning of loose neck skin providing a rejuvenated, taut look.
- Neck contouring/lifting procedures are typically performed under IV sedation in our accredited, private, office-based ambulatory surgery center. As a day surgery procedure, patients are home and resting the same day.
Patients should expect the initial recovery from Neck Contouring/Lifting to last approximately two weeks. Swelling and bruising may appear initially, but diminish quickly. A Neck Contouring procedure can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures to improve the definition of the face, such as facelift surgery or chin augmentation. For more information on procedures to contour/lift and renew the chin and neck, or to schedule a consultation appointment, contact our office at 941.365.8679. Holcomb – Kreithen Plastic Surgery proudly serves the Tampa area, and is easily accessible from all areas of the state or country.
Patients with a heavy neck, an ill-defined jaw-neck line or loose tissue beneath the chin may benefit from neck contouring.
Depending on the cause(s) of the neck fullness, neck contouring may require removal of excess fat (liposuction), tightening of the platysma muscles and repositioning or removal of loose skin.
While performed in nearly all patients undergoing Face and Neck lift, neck contouring may be performed as an isolated procedure and is commonly performed in patients undergoing chin implant placement.
Men occasionally elect to undergo a more direct approach to neck contouring procedure that directly removes loose skin and excess fat and tightens the platysma muscle (Direct Excision).
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