Wrinkled, lax skin in the neck is often one of the first telltale signs of aging, and this condition can occur even among individuals who take excellent care of their skin and overall health. Fortunately, advanced treatment such as facelift surgery, or even a less invasive option like laser skin resurfacing for some patients, can effectively address these concerns and provide the neck with a more youthful, contoured appearance by tightening the skin and making it look and feel firmer and smoother.
As the body ages, the skin loses collagen and elasticity. These effects can often appear more prominent in specific areas of the body, including the neck. While aging is certainly a factor, those who have undergone significant weight loss as well as individuals who have not used adequate sun protection over the course of their lives may also experience pronounced sagging and wrinkles in the skin of the neck. In most cases, particularly those where the condition is moderate to severe, a facelift may be the best option to improve the neck appearance. Here at the practice of Dr. Eric Okamoto, a neck lift is typically a standard part of facelift surgery since a facelift is focused on the lower third of the face. During the procedure, Dr. Okamoto will remove loose, excess skin that may be causing a “turkey neck” appearance, and then tighten the remaining skin. The skin of the neck will be delicately smoothed and contoured to produce a more youthful aesthetic.
If sagging and wrinkled skin in the neck is of a milder nature, some patients may be able to successfully achieve their goals with laser skin resurfacing. This option is not as invasive as facelift surgery and could serve as a good alternative to a facelift for the right candidate. Laser skin resurfacing involves the use of laser energy to help stimulate the production of new collagen deep within the skin and provide it with a firmer appearance.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Okamoto, he will examine your skin and talk with you about your goals. If a facelift is ideal for your needs, or if your concerns can be effectively addressed with an option such as laser skin resurfacing, Dr. Okamoto can develop a customized treatment plan designed to meet your expectations with beautiful results.
Please contact us today for additional information on neck rejuvenation procedures, or to schedule a consultation.