One of the first places we notice aging skin and fullness is in the neck area. If you are seeing fullness under your chin or loss of definition in your jawline, a neck lift in Annapolis from Dr. Namita Murthy can improve these conditions and restore a more defined neck and jawline.
A neck lift or neck tightening consists of measures you can take that can create a more youthful appearance to your neck reducing lines, wrinkles, and excess fat and skin. There are several procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical, that can achieve an improved look to your neck and chin. When you are young, your skin is smooth on the surface thanks to proteins and fibers that give it structure.
Collagen keeps it firm and provides the framework for your skin and elastin allows it to be resilient to bounce back from damage. As we age, though, these proteins break down. We stop producing as much and the skin starts to look less firm and much older. Also, the sun and the environment can have negative effects on our appearance. By age 35 or 40, this loss of these proteins can cause skin laxity, resulting in a jowly appearance. Neck lifts remove saggy skin and restore the smooth, firm look of a younger face. Dr. Murthy can help you determine what neck treatment will help you reach your aesthetic goals during your consultation. Her top goal is to help you reach yours safely.
Benefits of a Neck Lift and neck tightening procedures can reduce a double chin. Neck laxity can be corrected. You can stop wearing those turtlenecks and scarves and show off a firm, unwrinkled neck contour. Though the procedure is called a neck lift, it also has an impact on the face. A skillful neck lift from Dr. Murthy can sometimes take the place of a facelift, depending on your goals. A neck lift can also be done in conjunction with facial plastic surgery or a facelift for a more comprehensive enhancement.
Determining what your aesthetic goals are will help you and Dr. Murthy determine the best available treatments for your Annapolis neck lift. There are surgical and non-surgical options for this.
Surgical Neck Lift
A surgical neck lift is the most common type of rejuvenation to correct signs of aging on your neck. It is often done at the same time as a facelift. This procedure involves making small incisions behind the ear and strategically tightening the skin, underlying tissues, and muscles. Additionally, liposuction may be performed through a small incision under the chin to remove any excess fat that may be contributing to a double chin.
Kybella® is a non-surgical procedure to reduce double chins. It is a prescription medicine of a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that helps break down and absorb dietary fat. Kybella® is injected into the fat underneath the chin and destroys the fat cells. This results in a reduction of the appearance of a double chin. A series of multiple injections is typically needed to see full results. The administration of Kybella® consists of multiple small injections into the area usually taking about 15 to 20 minutes. You may experience swelling up to 7 days post-injection.
Radiofrequency (RF) Skin Tightening
Radiofrequency (RF) Skin Tightening is another nonsurgical technique to tighten your skin. RF waves are a form of radiation, the release of energy in the form of electromagnetic waves. This process uses these low-energy waves to heat the dermis, the deep layer of your skin. The heat treatment stimulates the production of collagen which we tend to lose as we age. As a result, this tightens the skin on your neck and diminishes the look of wrinkles. RF treatment can also improve the signs of sun damage. RF skin tightening usually requires a few treatments over several months, but each treatment takes less than an hour.
Other nonsurgical techniques include fractionated ablative laser treatment, injectable dermal fillers, liposuction, and ultherapy. These non-surgical techniques can produce good results, take less time, have shorter recovery periods, and are usually less expensive than a surgical neck lift. However, the results are not nearly as dramatic. True neck lift surgery can treat excess fat and skin laxity in your lower face and under your chin while tightening loose skin and muscle banding in your neck. The procedure usually takes several hours, however the results last much longer than non-surgical alternatives.
Before any treatment, Dr. Murthy will discuss what you hope to see after the procedure. You will explain your aesthetic goals as well as the amount of time you have available for recovery.
She will review your medical history, analyze the condition of your skin and come up with a comprehensive plan that encompasses your ideal aesthetic results. The process of a neck lift depends on what type of treatment you choose. In nonsurgical treatments, you may not need any anesthetic. In neck lift surgery, you will likely be given general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Dr. Murthy will make a small incision behind each ear and possibly a small one under your chin.
She will tighten the muscles and tissue under the skin and remove excess skin. She will then close the incisions with sutures that may need to be removed within a week after surgery. Bandages may be placed around your face and neck to reduce swelling and bruising. Follow-up visits are scheduled, and Dr. Murthy will outline your post-surgical care. She will explain what to look for in the way of healing and is always happy to guide you through any questions you may have during the healing process.
What is Recovery Like After a Neck Lift?
Every patient is unique, and each type of treatment will result in a different recovery process. The non-surgical solutions usually have a recovery time of a few hours to a few days.
You may have some limited side effects such as redness and some tenderness at the site of the treatment. A surgical neck lift will result in some bruising that may last four or five days. You will need to keep your head elevated and straight.
You will be given instructions on how to care for the site of the incisions and medications to help with pain and prevent infection. Dr. Murthy will explain when you can resume your usual activities. Final results may take several months to settle.
Although it may take several weeks or even months for the swelling to disappear and the incisions to fade, you will see some visible improvements in the appearance of your neck immediately.
You will notice that your neck and jawline look smoother, and your profile will look younger. Your neck will appear thinner with fewer wrinkles and less excess skin. This more youthful look will be long-lasting.
Dr. Namita Murthy is fellowship trained by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. With over ten years of experience, her focus is on helping you become your best self and feel more confident. She has a reputation for being conscientious and producing a natural look with every treatment she provides. Contact Dr. Murthy for a consultation on your ideal procedure for a neck lift in Annapolis, MD.
When you are confident, it shows. Not just in your behavior or your vibe, but in all you do.
If you are self-conscious about a particular area of your body, that shows as well. Imagine the freedom that comes with not worrying about your look when you make your way through life; the freedom of knowing you are putting your best self out there. That is the aesthetics of confidence.