Focus on the Neck: Facelift and More in San Francisco

Patients who desire well-defined facial contours naturally examine their cheeks and nose, but also often express dissatisfaction with their neck. The area below the chin and above the chest is where bulges can disrupt an otherwise sleek profile by creating a double chin and hiding an obvious jawline. This problem may be due to excess fat, loose tissue, or a combination of the two.

Just as there are multiple causes for that double-chin look, there are multiple solutions.

Many patients choose to focus on rejuvenating the cheeks, jawline, and neck to create more youthful contours via a neck lift or facelift surgery. San Francisco plastic surgeons Dr. David Lieberman and Dr. Sachin Parikh have noted that the facelift remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States, according to figures recently released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Survey-based statistics show that more than 125,000 people chose a facelift in 2015, with almost 97,000 opting for a full facelift and about 29,000 selecting a mini facelift. The mini facelift focuses on the lowermost portion of the face, including the neck.

A facelift and neck lift may be performed at the same time, and either one may involve some fat removal, deep tissue and muscle lifting, and skin tightening to eliminate jowls and bulges. The entire area can be literally resculpted to create clean lines.

The doctors at For the Face – Lieberman and Parikh Facial Plastic Surgery also apply advanced techniques that allow them to avoid skin bunching or laxity beneath the chin, which can be a problem for surgeons who take a cookie-cutter approach to the surgeries. A natural look will result from a lift carried out with a patient’s unique anatomy—from skeletal structure to skin characteristics—in mind. Incision placement and the angle at which skin is tightened can make the difference between a surgery that looks like a surgery, and one that makes the patient appear younger and refreshed without any obvious manipulation.

Neck liposuction alone may be enough to help a patient achieve a desired look, as sometimes removing a small amount of fat can make a big aesthetic difference. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon with dedicated facial experience can help when patients want to determine which surgery will best deliver what they are seeking.

Nothing can duplicate the effects of a surgical lift, but there are also nonsurgical options that yield natural-looking results without requiring the incisions or post-procedure down time associated with a facelift, neck lift, or liposuction.

One of the most popular minimally invasive choices is Kybella®, which was approved by the FDA in early 2015 to treat submental fullness and came to the San Francisco area at For the Face – Lieberman and Parikh Facial Plastic Surgery shortly after that.

Kybella® is an injectable form of deoxycholic acid, which destroys fat cells and leads to their physical removal from the body. The entire process is natural and safe, especially at the hands of an experienced medical professional handling the administration. A single treatment session can last a matter of minutes, with results gradually appearing over the following weeks and months. A most ideal outcome may require more than one treatment, each spaced a suitable time apart.

Patients with little fat, but dealing with loose skin that creates the appearance of a turkey neck, can have it tightened with Ultherapy™, which uses ultrasound technology to prompt the body into lifting its own sagging tissue. The treatment stimulates new collagen production, boosting the skin’s supply of the structure-providing protein.

Learn more about Ultherapy®, Kybella®, neck lift, and facelift from the San Francisco Bay Area’s facial plastic surgery and aesthetics experts: Dr. David Lieberman and Dr. Sachin Parikh at Lieberman & Parikh Facial Plastic Surgery. Call (650) 327-3232 to set up a consultation or discuss other options for neck rejuvenation.

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