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The Way to a More Sculpted Jawline

The Way to a More Sculpted Jawline

 Neck Lift | Highlands, NCYou may have heard of the term “double-chin.” This common problem affects adults of all ages. Because a a large number of double chins are made up of fatty tissue, this cosmetic condition often gives the impression that a person is overweight. The truth is, the neck under the chin is just another area in which many people wish they could spot reduce fat. It’s a part of the body on which fat cells may simply accumulate for no good reason. Statistics suggest that nearly 70% of American adults are troubled by submental fullness. Clearly, this is a problem for which reliable solutions are needed. We have them.

Treatment Options for a Double Chin

There are a handful of treatment options that can reduce excess fat under the jawline. However not every technique is ideal. In our Highlands, NC office, patients receive options that are proven to achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time. These are liposuction and neck lift surgery.

Neck Liposuction

With nonsurgical treatments like Kybella, why would anyone undergo surgery anymore? The answer is simple: reliability, fast recovery, and results. Neck liposuction is ideal for several reasons. First, the results from treatment are almost immediate. Due to the minimally-invasive nature of neck liposuction, Dr. Buchanan performs this procedure in the office using a local anesthetic. We understand that may sound uncomfortable. It’s not. Patients who undergo neck liposuction with local anesthetic and a mild sedative typically have one response: “Wow! That was easy!” Kybella typically takes more than one treatment, is more uncomfortable that liposuction and the recovery from the first treatment is longer than liposuction.

Neck liposuction removes the localized fat cells beneath the chin and jawline to reveal a more dramatic curve from the upper neck to the face. Treatment usually takes about an hour, after which a compression garment may be worn for a short while when alone. Within a few days, patients are back to normal activities.

Neck Lift

It is important to know what your skin is capable of as you seek treatment for submental fullness. Even many of the nonsurgical treatments that are popular today focus only on fat destruction. If your skin has lost elasticity, it won’t bounce back after fat is removed, no matter the method of removing the fat. Without proper retraction, the skin may look worse without the smoothing effect of the unwanted fat. For this reason, some patients are better served by a neck lift.

Like neck liposuction, the neck lift can also be performed in the office with a local anesthetic with or without sedation. The procedure involves an incision under the chino vertically in the central neck. The neck muscles are carefully released and tightened with sutures. The skin is repositioned, as well, and, with some procedures, excess is trimmed before the incisions are closed. Recovery time after a neck lift is about one to two weeks before most normal activities can be resumed.

Zerona Fat Reduction

Although Zerona is better at treating larger areas, if you have some larger areas that you wish treated, the neck can be treated at the same time using Zerona non invasive laser fat reduction.

What to Know About Kybella Double Chin Treatment

Kybella is one of the most commonly hyped and discussed double-chin treatments today. The technique is safe and it is effective. However, so are the neck liposuction and neck lift procedures. Although it is claimed there is no downtime with Kybella, after treatment there is noticeable swelling that may prevent normal activities for a few days and is generally worse than liposuction and lasts longer. Also, to get liposuction-like results with Kybella, it is necessary to undergo up to 4 treatment sessions (each with multiple injections) and several months of waiting for fat to naturally dissolve. Although it was initially thought that the reaction from the Kybella would tighten loose skin, experience haas shown that this does not happen.

If you’re interested in prompt results from chin-sculpting treatment, call our Highlands office at (828) 526-3783. During your consultation, we can provide details about sculpting procedures that are right for you.

Don’t Look Down, you may Notice that you’re Aging!

Neck lift surgeryOver the course of history, humans have been all-but consumed with personal beauty. Perhaps we want to mimic nature. Perhaps we are narcissists. Or maybe, just maybe, we realize that confidence comes in part by our appearance, and we simply want to maximize what we have been given. Whatever your reason for wanting to maintain a youthful appearance, you can do just that – keep it young. Aging has become much more of a choice than a consequence. However, with all the focus that gets put on the face, you could be missing an important giveaway to your age: your neck.

Swan-like or Scary?
We all like to think that we have beautiful, youthful contouring across the neck and upward toward the face, a la Katherine Hepburn. When we realize we have lost the right angle from neck to face, and start to notice lines and sagging skin just a few inches below the face, our imagination may do a switch-a-roo and channel Diane Keaton, in all of her turtleneck splendor. What is happening down here, and what can we possible do about it?

Neck skin becomes very inelastic. When the underlying ligamentous support structures begin to break down, it can seem as though everything from the chin to the chest changes overnight. Next below the neck skin, the platysma muscle is normally supported upward by a ligament to keeps it angled. The strong horizontal  pull of the muscle gradually changes the shape from a strongly angled to a loose straight line. All tissues around it including those from the face follow. Fat also accumulates under the chin becoming more noticeable., and crepe-like skin becomes more apparent since it is now loose.

Facial Aging, you have a Rival!
We put a lot of effort into reducing fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes, on the forehead, and around the mouth. But if we forget to look a little farther South, we could be missing the mark on our intended goal. To address an aging neck, consider:

  • Liposuction to diminish a double-chin caused mainly by excess fat.
  • Skin care to correct the sun damage and tighten and smooth the surface.
  • Simple localized neck lifts.
  • Face and Neck Lift in those with severe gravitational aging.

Several things, therefore, can give you a look that you will love. To see how we can help you, call our Highlands plastic surgery office at (828) 526-3783.

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