Revitalize Your LookBy Addressing The Neck

It may seem counterintuitive, but correcting signs of aging in the neck is often an effective way to appear years younger. Over time, the skin and muscles of the neck lose their firmness and begin to sag. For some patients, a defined jawline was always elusive due to genetics. With a neck lift, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Zenn can erase signs of aging and create a beautiful facial profile where none existed before.

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How Aging Affects The Neck Over Time

Collagen and elastin are two vital proteins that keep the skin looking supple, hydrated, and young. As we age, our bodies produce less of these proteins, and as a result, skin laxity sets in. Gravity further exacerbates this issue, and muscles also start to lose their strength and begin to sag. This can cause problems like “turkey neck,” jowls, or neck banding, which is when the vertical lines of the platysma muscle become prominent in the neck.

How Genetics Play A Role

Some patients are predisposed to developing sagging and jowling, while others enjoy a defined chin and jawline well into their twilight years. Environmental factors like pollution and sun exposure can accelerate signs of aging in the neck for those who have a genetic predisposition. Genetics can be a reason that some people always have a double chin or lack of definition, regardless of how much they diet and exercise.

Non-Surgical Interventions

Over the past two decades, advances in aesthetic techniques have allowed medical professionals to correct double chins or a lack of chin definition without the need for an operation. Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable that melts away submental and chin fat forever. Kybella is a revolutionary treatment that requires no downtime and has permanent results. 

For chin and jaw contouring, the use of dermal fillers such as Juvéderm, Restylane, and Sculptra, when administered by an experienced professional such as Zenn Plastic Surgery’s Master Injector Tara Cypher, RN, MSN, CANS, can be used to create a beautiful and defined jawline where there previously was none. Non-surgical neck augmentation is also a great way to test out a look before committing to surgery.

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Surgical Options For Neck Rejuvenation

The neck lift is the most complete correction possible for an aging neck. This procedure can tighten loose or saggy skin, smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, and improve the overall contour of the neck and jawline.

Additionally, a neck lift can help to restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance, boosting self-confidence and improving quality of life. Other procedures like facial implants or fat grafting can further enhance a jawline and neck profile, and no one in the Triangle is more experienced in these techniques.

Recovery After A Neck Lift

Patients can expect to experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort after the surgery, which can be managed with pain medication and cold compresses. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within 2-3 weeks, but should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for several weeks until cleared by Dr. Zenn. Dr. Zenn will provide a detailed recovery plan and schedule multiple follow-up visits to monitor healing.

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Experience Is Key For Great Results

Board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of Zenn Plastic Surgery, Dr. Michael Zenn has performed countless neck lifts with amazing results. Dr. Zenn is consistently ranked as one of the best plastic surgeons in the country, and is by far one of the top aesthetic surgeons in the Raleigh area. For a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Zenn to find out how he and the wonderful team at Zenn Plastic Surgery can help you, call our Raleigh office today to schedule a consultation.

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