With the holidays coming up, the only gobbler you should be thinking about is the gobbler on your Thanksgiving turkey.
Unfortunately, as many of us age, we have to deal with a “gobbler” of a different kind: the sagging skin and fat around our necks. It’s completely natural, and it can be incredibly difficult to get rid of—no matter how much you exercise or diet.
But that doesn’t mean you should have to suffer through this embarrassing problem. There are treatment options to help you get rid of frustrating, loose skin on your neck permanently.
In this article, we’ll walk you through your options and help you get a better understanding of which solution is best for you.
Previous Neck Treatments: Surgical Options
Up until recently, your options for improving the appearance of your neck were limited to surgical interventions:
- Liposuction––Neck liposuction requires you to get several incisions in your neck, where the surgeon will insert a device that removes the excess fat under your chin.
After the surgery, you’ll be required to wear a supportive chin strap for several days. You’ll be able to return to work within a week and to full normal activities after two weeks. However, for up to two weeks after surgery, you may still experience swelling and bruising in your neck area.
- Neck Lift (otherwise known as Cervicoplasty or Platysmaplasty)––A cervicoplasty procedure removes the excess skin in your neck and a platysmaplasty tightens loose skin muscles. Both neck lift types are outpatient procedures, but each one requires general anesthesia or intravenous sedation due to the invasive nature of the treatment.
The neck lift procedures take up to four hours, and the recovery time is roughly two weeks depending on the extent of the surgery. This type of surgery will also leave visible bruising for a week or more, as well as a tight feeling around your neck for several months.
Both liposuction and neck lift treatments can be effective, but they have significant recovery times, they’re risky, and they are expensive.
On the other hand, recent breakthroughs in radiofrequency (RF) technology have led to a noninvasive neck-altering alternative perfect for patients who don’t want to go under the knife to achieve a slimmer, more youthful-looking neck and jawline.
The Neck-Tightening Power of Radiofrequency
Radiofrequency is a type of electrical energy with pinpoint accuracy. The medical field has been using RF energy to implement heart, nerve, and pain treatments for decades. Today, thanks to advancements in RF technology, doctors can use these same proven techniques to improve the appearance of your skin.
ThermiSmooth, one of the most effective radiofrequency skin treatments, emits energy through a temperature-controlled handpiece. To start, a certified technician will apply gel to your skin. Then using small, circular motions, they will gently glide the handpiece over your skin, using radiofrequency energy to target the tissues beneath the surface.
This treatment causes your skin to contract and stimulates collagen production in your neck. The final result? Tighter, smoother skin, and increased long-term production of new natural collagen. And the results are long lasting. Over time, this treatment results in more elastic, youthful-looking skin on your neck.
Much like the surgical neck operations, ThermiSmooth helps you look younger and slimmer, even if you haven’t lost weight. For many patients, ThermiSmooth helps create an elegant jawline that frames the face. It’s perfect for anyone wanting to tighten and contour their neck without damaging any underlying muscles or other skin tissues.
ThermiSmooth Right For You?
Unlike its surgical counterparts, ThermiSmooth results in no downtime. It works on all skin types, and there’s no need for anesthesia. There are no fillers, no injections, and it’s completely painless with no side effects.
However, before choosing a neck treatment like ThermiSmooth, you do have to make some considerations. Let your doctor know if you:
- Have a skin infection around your treatment area
- Are pregnant
- Have a fever
- Have a cardiac device such as a pacemaker or mechanical valve
You should also keep in mind that your skin will appear pink at first, and you may see some mild swelling and redness. These mild side effects typically subside within 24 hours as long as you stay hydrated. For best results, and avoid the following for two days after your treatment:
- Excessive sweating
- Prolonged sun exposure
The best part is that you will notice the results right away and they often last for 9-12 months. Each treatment is roughly 30 minutes long. We recommend four treatments per area spaced two weeks apart for maximum results. So, if you want to get rid of that gobbler just before a big family gathering like Thanksgiving, you should start treatment sooner rather than later.
Feel Younger & More Confident With A Sleeker Neckline
Your day is packed with activities and you’re constantly on the go. You have tests, friends, parties, and of course, photos.
Let us help you feel like the confident, amazing person you are on the inside by letting your best skin shine through. HydraFacials are painless, quick (they usually last about 45 minutes), and a great thing to add to your skincare regimen to make sure your skin looks amazing. This is an easy way to avoid the common skin problems all your friends deal with, increase your confidence, and feel your best.
At the Resurge Clinic, our team of experts receives quarterly advanced training to stay up-to-date on industry trends. This ensures we always provide you with the best treatments possible. We also work with top brands such as Cynosure, Merz, and Allergan.
You want to love the way you look, and to have the self-confidence to show off your skin. Call and schedule your HydraFacial today, and experience the beautiful skin you deserve.