TURKEY NECK IS FOR THE BIRDS

Facial plastic surgeons offer solutions to address the aging neck

Whether your jawline is beginning to blend with the neck or your wattle is already in full swing, one thing’s for sure — nobody wants to compete with the turkey on the table this year. So no matter where you fall on the aging neck spectrum, it’s time to stop feeling bad about your neck.

Thanks to selfies and social media, we’ve become astutely aware of neck, jawline and overall facial profile aesthetics. It’s these frequent visual reminders of “tech neck” and “turkey neck” that are driving consumers into board-certified facial plastic surgeon’s offices in search of a more youthful profile.

Turkey neck is characterized by tell-tale lines, sagging skin and a little gobbler that appears with age.

The less extreme, but equally discomforting, tech neck is characterized by unsightly wrinkles caused by screen overuse.

“Although almost everyone eventually develops neck lines, with such thin skin on the neck, looking down at your phone constantly can accentuate skin folding. This is better known as “tech neck,” says Phillip R. Langsdon, president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). “Remember to pay attention to your neck because the neck area is prone to the effects of gravity and has fewer oil glands than facial skin. Thankfully there are a number of treatment options if patients have neck concerns and our members have seen a huge surge in both men and women asking about neck procedures.”

According to the latest annual survey performed by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery  (AAFPRS), more than half (55%) of people are seeking cosmetic procedures because they are dissatisfied with their profile, including their neck; an equal number (55%) want to look better in selfies and on social media.

Additionally, AAFPRS members report that nearly a quarter of men under the age of 35 want to improve some aspect of their profile, with requests for neck liposuction, chin augmentation and more.

Among treatment solutions for the neck are:

  • Ultherapy, which is FDA-cleared to non-surgically lift and tighten the neck and under the chin using ultrasound energy.
  • Kybella, an injectable fat dissolving agent FDA-approved to reduce fat under the chin.
  • Neck lift, a surgical procedure that lifts and tightens excess skin under the chin, jawline and jowls.

Whether opting for surgical or non-surgical procedures, the AAFPRS reminds consumers to select a board-certified surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery of the face, head and neck. Research providers and treatment information via trusted online sources (www.aafprs.org), review before/after images and don’t be afraid to ask tough questions about background and credentials.

Contact KELZ PR – Patty Mathews (pattymathews@kelzpr.com) for more information or to be connected with a member of the AAFPRS.

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