Aging Neck

As we age, the neck becomes a telltale indicator of how old we are. No matter how good the face looks, a sagging, wrinkled, or discolored neck is a mark of aging. Bands under the chin created the appearance of a “gobbler”. Jowls that hang below the jawline give the appearance of a face that is falling. An irregular jawline, fat under the chin, sagging, wrinkled skin, muscle bands in the neck, and a lack of a defined shadow on the side (submandibular shadow) are all signs of an aging neck. Many of us don’t really want a facelift, as the distorted and unrecognizable Hollywood stars have left people fearful of having a full facelift. We want to look like ourselves, only younger. Few actually like the distorted look that can be a side effect of a facelift.

There are many “flavors” of necklifts. At PSA, we offer several noninvasive options, and some very effective minimally invasive options. We have been performing research on ways to make lax skin and soft tissue shrink up – without having to cut it out – for five years. The ground-breaking research has resulted in the development of minimally invasive methods of tightening lax skin and soft tissue.

Rather than undergoing a traditional necklift, which would require skin excision, Dr. Duncan performed a minimally invasive necklift on this patient using radio-frequency technology. With only three days of downtime and zero scarring, our patient was back to work and her normal routine in no time!


What can a necklift do for me?

A necklift can do many things, depending on what bothers you most. Noninvasive treatments can tighten flabby tissue, and fractional laser can give you mild skin tightening. Minimally invasive procedures, such as radio-frequency tissue lightening with liposuction, can create more dramatic improvement, with minimal down time and scarring. However, if you have muscle bands under the chin, these will be more prominent, unless a platysmaplasty is also performed.

What is the recovery time for a necklift?

Noninvasive neck treatments require zero recovery time and although minor bruising may occur, it is very rare. For minimally invasive procedures, such as a fractional laser, there is typically 3 to 4 days of recovery time. For a radio-frequency assisted necklift, a patient will need 3 to 7 days to recover, depending on the severity. Traditional necklifts typically require 7 to 10 days before returning to work, with no excessive activity for 6 weeks.

How long do the effects last?

All necklift treatments have the same lasting effect. Noninvasive neck treatments require multiple sessions, and have a little less effect. Traditional surgery effects are very long lasting. The effects of radio-frequency assisted tissue tightening continue to improve for up to one year. The effects peak at 3 to 6 months, but about 10% more tightening will be seen up to the one year point. Radio-frequency assisted tightening can be used in place of surgery for those patients who have had a previous facelift and do not want to undergo surgery again.