The neck is one of the first structures to be affected by aging in both males and females. As early as the 30’s, 40’s, or 50’s, people may notice looseness and/or sagging of neck skin, fatty deposits in the sub-mental area (double chin) and even vertical muscle bands extending the length of the neck. These changes may become bothersome and embarrassing for some people.
The manifestation of aging on the neck can be treated with a number of surgical techniques. A composite neck lift for example, may be performed in conjunction with a facelift or by itself. Incisions, technical steps and patient recovery are similar to a standard facelift. However, smaller and minimally invasive variations of neck lifts are successfully done for patients with less extensive needs. For example, fatty deposits in the sub mental area (double chin) are usually addressed with simple neck liposuction or direct excision of fat. Fat excision is done through a small incision placed in a naturally occurring line below the chin, making it nearly invisible. This same incision can be used to tighten the muscles that often cause banding in the neck area. Men who are concerned with sagging skin on the neck, but do not want a full facelift, are excellent candidates for this procedure.