The Neck and Jowls

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “turkey wattle” used to describe an aging neck. Whether you have saggy jowls hiding your jawline, a pool of fat under your chin or visible bands in the neck, this region can present very noticeable signs of aging.

Noninvasive Treatment: When treated early, neck bands can be addressed with Botox injections to help release constricting muscles. Slack skin on the neck can also be treated with Titan, the energy-based treatment that stimulates collagen production deep in the dermis and has a firming effect on the skin.

Surgical Solution: Laguna Beach, CA, plastic surgeon Daniel Mills, MD. explains that a necklift uses an incision under the chin, and sometimes in the nape of the neck, through which the skin is brought up. “In 85 percent of patients, the muscles are not connected in the midline,” says Dr. Daniel Mills. “We reconstitute the sling of muscles, pulling up on two sides and the middle.” If excess fat is your issue, liposuction below the chin can vastly improve the appearance of your lower face and neck. Liposuction is an option for those with good skin elasticity and without heavy jowls.

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