Nipping wrinkles with neck lifts
Plastic surgeons have seen an increase in demand for neck lifts for a variety of reasons this past year, ranging from the desire to decrease sagging skin associated with aging to looking to lift the area after substantial weight loss. However, according to one New York-based surgeon, technology may be one of the greatest contributors to the rising popularity of this procedure.
Technology may lead to neck wrinkles
Elle magazine recently interviewed a surgeon operating in Long Island, who explained that since people continue to bend their necks to read smartphones, tablets and laptops, they are seeing an increase in the number of folds and lines. He added that several patients have come in requesting to eliminate the "tech neck." Several treatments can help alleviate symptoms, including neck lifts, liposuction, injectables and nonsurgical skin tightening using laser, light or heat technology, all of which are effective in smoothing out the area.
Neck lifts effective in reducing premature wrinkles
The most popular of these options is neck lift surgery, which was performed on close to 30,000 patients in 2013. Wrinkles that form on this portion of the body typically form vertically, causing some people to refer to the area as a "turkey waddle." Neck lifts are effective in tightening the area, eliminating many of the vertical folds that may cause people to feel self-conscious. The procedure can help sculpt the neck and jawline, leaving a younger, smoother appearance. While the operation can help remove folds and sagging skin, patients may experience excess tightness for a couple months following the surgery, and may cause other wrinkles on the face or chest to be more noticeable if patients only pursue neck procedures.
Preventing neck wrinkles and sagging by avoiding the sun, wearing sunscreen and maintaining a consistent and healthy weight can help delay any cosmetic intervention. Before deciding on a specific treatment, people should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to examine the best options for moving forward.