One sign of aging that most women in Tampa dread is the loose folds of that are often called “turkey neck.”  The draping skin along the front of the neck is hard to hide and there are no over-the-counter creams or potions that can cure this neck wattle.  However, in Tampa, a plastic surgeon has developed a less-invasive neck lift procedure that can help recover your beautiful neck without the long downtime of other neck lift surgery techniques.

What Causes the Neck Skin to Sag?

As the skin ages, it loses some of its elasticity and connective tissue.  The skin of the face and neck will often lose volume and become thinner and more translucent in appearance.  Gravity then causes stretching which can develop into looseness in certain areas, especially in the tender neck tissue.  The neck muscles may also become lax and distend, creating folds under the jaw and along the front of the neck.  Any extra weight in the area can cause jowls to form and will also cause the draping to accelerate.  Once this has occurred, there are no topical treatments that can restore the neck or tighten the skin.

A Neck Lift treats Sagging Neck Skin

A neck lift is a surgical procedure that can dramatically improve appearance by tightening the platysma muscle along the front of the neck and also pull smooth the sagging neck skin.  Many people who have had a neck lift say that they feel more confident and happier following the surgery because they look younger and often thinner.  In a traditional neck lift procedure, the plastic surgeon will make cuts under the chin to access the platysma muscle.  Then the muscle and skin are stretched and excess tissue removed before sutures are placed to hold the tightened flesh in place.  This type of surgery is often accompanied by facial liposuction to remove pockets of fat under the jaw line and in the neck area.  The removal of excess fat and skin, and the tightening of the lower face and neck, will significantly contribute to a more youthful, long lasting appearance but recovery from traditional neck lift surgery can take several weeks.

The Simplicity Neck Lift cures Draping Neck Skin

In the Tampa area, facial plastic surgeon Dr. Dominic Castellano, utilizes a new, less invasive neck lift technique that requires less recovery time.  The Simplicity Neck Lift is done using only one small incision under the chin.  This allows the surgeon to access the platysma muscle to lift and tighten the muscle and the dermal layers along the neck.  Once lifted, the platysma muscle is stitched together on each side, creating a sling which restores the proper angle between the neck and chin.  This technique also reduces the banding along the neck and provides support to the neck tissue.   Dr. Dominic uses a special “pulley-stitch” That can secure the tissue into place.  The Simplicity Neck Lift provides a permanent cure to the “turkey-neck” problem.   This surgery is less invasive than the older neck lift methods so it is safer and the recovery time is minimal compared with the traditional surgery.

If you are interested in learning more about the difference between the Simplicity Neck Lift and other neck lift procedures, please contact the Elite Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary consultation.  Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility under the direction of Dr. Dominic Castellano.  Dr. Dominic is a highly respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience.  The team is highly trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and injectable procedures.  Call (813) 975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information

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