What treatments are available for tightening the neck and jaw line?
As we age, the tissues of the face and neck lose elasticity and strength leading to skin sagging and laxity. Heredity, personal habits, the pull of gravity, and sun exposure all contribute to the aging of the face and neck. The goal of neck lifting procedures is to create a straight jaw line, returning the tissues to their original position, while retaining a natural look.
Dr. Olarte will recommend which treatment is best for you during your consultation. Possible treatments include Kybella® injection in the fat under the chin, liposuction and neck lift.
What is Kybella®?
Kybella® (deoxycholic acid) injection 10 mg/mL is a prescription medicine used in adults to obliterate the fat found under the (submental fat), also known as “double chin.”
How does Kybella® work?
The active ingredient in Kybella® is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid naturally found in the body, it aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Kybella® destroys fat cells leading to a reduction in fullness under the chin and improved appearance of the jawline.
What happens during a Kybella® treatment?
At each treatment, you will receive multiple small injections under your chin. The exact number of injections will depend on the amount of fat you have under your chin and your desired profile. The injection process takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Up to 6 treatments spaced at least 1 month apart will be performed.
What are the risks of Kybella®?
After Kybella® treatment, you will likely have some swelling, bruising, or numbness under your chin. Some people report redness and areas of firmness. Rare risks include nerve injury which can result in facial muscle weakness or difficulty swallowing.
Is Kybella® painful?
Most patients do experience some pain at the time of the injections which can be lessened with pain medication taken ahead of time. There can be some tenderness in the area for a few hours after the injections.
What is the recovery like after Kybella® treatment?
While the fat cells are destroyed within the first few minutes after injection, there is an inflammatory response that leads to swelling in the area. The swelling and redness can be visible from a few days to approximately 1 week after treatment depending on the person. Results will be visible for most by 4 weeks though can continue to improve over the following few months.
How long do the results of Kybella® last?
Once your desired aesthetic goal is met, no further treatment is needed at the fat cells in the area have been destroyed.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure in which fat cells are broken up and removed from the body using suction. Liposuction can be performed on many parts of the body including under the chin where fat tends to accumulate.
How is liposuction performed under the chin?
A small incision is placed in a skin crease below the chin. A small liposuction cannula is used to remove fat deposits under the chin. Suction-assisted lipectomy can be performed in isolation, or in combination with a chin implant, facelift or neck lift operation to enhance the shape of the jawline.
What is a neck lift?
A neck lift is a procedure designed to surgically return the tissues of the neck to a more youthful position while retaining a natural look.
How is a neck lift performed?
A small incision is made in the crease below the chin and in the skin creases around the earlobe. The connective tissues are then tightened and secured. The procedure can take from two to four hours depending on the extent of laxity. Dr. Olarte performs neck lift surgery under IV sedation (twilight sedation, similar to colonoscopy).
Is a neck lift painful?
There is minimal postoperative discomfort though you will be provided with medication to manage the pain in case it becomes necessary.
When can I return to work after a neck lift?
Strenuous activity must be avoided for the first 3 weeks after surgery though many individuals are able to return to work after 2 weeks.
How effective is a neck lift?
The amount of improvement largely depends on the degree of sagging present. During your consultation with Dr. Olarte she can show you the amount of improvement you can expect. Patient who undergo a neck lift notice a significant improvement in the shape and appearance of the jawline. However, as time goes on, the aging process continues which may again cause the skin to sag.