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How Your Neck Changes as You Get Older

Neck Lift Chicago, IL

If you want to rejuvenate your appearance, it may be a mistake to focus exclusively on your face. That’s because your neck is one of the first areas to develop premature signs of aging. Dr. Marco Ellis is a talented plastic surgeon who specializes in face and neck procedures. He offers a variety of procedures that can reverse signs of aging on your neck so that you continue looking as young as you feel on the inside.

Changes You May Notice on Your Neck

Over time, your skin loses elasticity due to a natural decline in collagen and elastin production. This means that your skin no longer fits snuggly around your contours, including your neck. Loose skin is especially susceptible to lines and wrinkles in this region. When sagging skin worsens, it can create a wattle or “turkey neck” that hangs from your chin.

At the same time your skin sags, so does your fat. Some of the fat that formerly gave your face its youthful volume drops to your jawline, creating jowls that obscure an elegant neck slope.

Additionally, you may start to notice neck banding. The platysmal muscles (the muscles that run vertically along your neck) lose their strength with age and begin to protrude through your thinning skin, adding years to your visible age.

Cosmetic Treatments for Rejuvenating the Neck

Injectables are a very effective way to achieve a non-invasive neck makeover. Dermal fillers can add volume to the skin to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is great at relaxing overactive platysmal muscles so that they are not as prominent through your neck skin.

If your neck is particularly thick from accumulated fat, Dr. Ellis can permanently remove some of the excess fat cells with liposuction. This can also be performed on submental fat (around the chin) to separate the face from the neck and create a youthful contour.

Neck lift surgery is the most comprehensive way to address signs of aging on the neck. Dr. Ellis can address several cosmetic concerns simultaneously by removing excess skin and fat and retightening the platysmal muscles so that they are less visible. Many of Dr. Ellis’s patients undergo neck lift as part of a facelift procedure so that rejuvenation improves the lower face and neck all at once.

Make an Appointment

Meet with Dr. Ellis, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Chicago, to discuss all your neck treatment options in greater detail. After analyzing your neck and listening to your cosmetic goals, Dr. Ellis can create a customized treatment plan that will help you to feel more confident. Call (312) 695-6022 for a consultation.