The neck often exposes telltale signs of your age well before your face does. These signs can include loss of elasticity, skin laxity, wrinkles, a sagging chin, deep horizontal creases across the neck, or the dreaded turkey wattle neck. While there are various approaches to neck rejuvenation, a cosmetic procedure known as platysmaplasty can address many of these cosmetically displeasing consequences of aging.
Whether you’re a man or woman, aging of your neck generally starts in your 40s, when the gravitational forces of nature combined with physical changes start becoming more apparent. These changes to your neck region subsequently affect your jawline and profile and can drag down your face, making you look much older than you are. Worst of all, neck aging is one thing that good skin care, diet, or exercise regimes simply won’t solve.
How common is neck lift surgery?
It’s important to recognize that there are various types of neck rejuvenation procedures. For instance, if you have minimal aging and good skin condition but still feel uncomfortable with the appearance of your neck, your first approach may be a less invasive procedure such as Kybella or chin liposuction.
However, once signs of neck aging progress and you develop significant skin laxity, a full fledged surgical neck lift or platysmaplasty will likely be your only solution. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), in 2016 there were 29,685 neck lift procedures performed in the United States alone. While the vast majority of these procedures were for women (78.7%), increasingly men are seeking more contoured necks and defined jawlines as well.