Question: I’m 58 and feel that I look pretty good for my age. Everyone always thinks that I’m younger, however for the past few years my neck has begun to really sag. What are my options to improve the contour of my neck?
Answer: Neck contouring can be improved with techniques to tighten the neck. This involves procedures which target the underlying tissues. In general, the tissues that may be sagging are the skin itself, the underlying adipose or fat tissue, as well as the muscle in the neck which may need to be tightened. There are various techniques addressing each one of these separately or in combination to improve the neck. It is important to have a good assessment of the entire face. It is a mistake to lift the neck and make the neck appear much younger if the rest of the face looks much older because this would actually accentuate the older appearance of the rest of the face. In some cases where patients need a neck lift they also may require a facelift.