If you have noticed some sagging, excess tissue in your neck or a loss of definition of the neck angle, surgical retightening is possible from Dr. Raghu Athré. The neck is made of skin, a collagen-rich matrix layer, and a deep muscle layer. The muscle layer, or platysma, envelops the neck and acts like a sling to support the tissues of the neck. Over time, one or more of these tissue layers may lose elasticity, making a surgical neck lift or neck liposuction necessary for Houston area residents.
Request a complimentary consultation online to learn more about neck lift from Dr. Raghu Athré, or schedule your appointment by calling 281-557-3223.
Dr. Athré is available for select evening and weekend consultation appointments. If you are interested in meeting with him at one of these times, please call Lexi during our normal business hours for more information about his availability.
Aging and the Neck
Gravity and genetics are the key components that cause signs of aging in the neck. As aging occurs, gravity pulls on the neck tissues causing them to droop and fall. Also, the collagen and elastin-rich matrix of tissue deep in the skin slowly degrades. These actions provide less support to the tissues of the neck, and over a lifetime, loose tissue, also known as a “waddle,” can form in the neck.
Genetics also plays a major role in aging of the neck and in the development of excess fat in the neck. The end result is loose skin in the neck, excess soft tissue and fat in the neck, and loss of the sharp, youthful angle of the neck.
There are no nonsurgical options to rejuvenate the neck. Therapies such as lasers and ultrasound may affect the neck skin’s texture and quality, but do little to restore a defined neck angle and provide long-lasting results.
Overcoming concerns with the neck is predominantly addressed through surgical approaches. A little excess fat and mild droopiness of the neck tissues can be effectively removed with liposuction. Liposuction removes the excess fat and tightens the tissues of the neck. It is commonly performed in conjunction with the RT Lift™ mini face lift in the Houston area, but can be performed alone. The purpose of liposuction is not only to remove excess fat, but also to trigger a platysma muscle contracture. This tightens the neck and sharpens the neck/chin angle.
Significant excess neck tissue and excess fat must be addressed with a combination of liposuction and neck lifting. The neck lift is most often performed with a full face lift in the Houston area, but can be performed independently as well.
These procedures are usually performed under local anesthesia, deep sedation, or general anesthesia. The procedure itself takes 30 minutes to an hour. Patients are able to go home the same day, and are able to return to full physical activity within 1 week.