While there are a wide variety of cosmetic treatments for the face — from face lifts to Botox — there have been less options for the neck in the past. But that’s changing, according to a recent article in the New York Times, that finds these days more options do exist to improve the appearance of the neck area.
While traditionally used on the body, liposuction may be an option for necks with too much fat, especially if the person has elastic skin that can bounce back afterward.
For those with neck “bands”, injecting Botox in the neck muscle can make them less conspicuous in a patient with great skin tone, according to Dr. Rod Rohrich, chairman of the plastic surgery department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. However, like for wrinkles on the face, Botox results last about three to four months and will require upkeep.
For others, a neck lift remains the best and long-lasting option. It may involve one or both of the following procedures:
- Cervicoplasty to remove excess skin
- Platysmaplasty to remove or alter neck muscles
According to the Times, surgeons report that men seem to get more isolated neck lifts than women. “Usually with women, they are getting a face- and neck lift,” said Dr. Felmont Eaves, the president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. “In men, we don’t have exact statistics, but it’s pretty common to see them come in just for the neck.”
“There’s no way a man’s neck, with all that tissue hanging down, can be graceful,” said Dr. Phil Haeck, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, who has done two neck-only lifts for every three face lifts in his practice this year.
Learn more about neck lifts at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery in Arlington, Texas.