Nora Ephron, late author and playwright of such novels as “I don’t like my neck” voiced a common complaint about her aging neck. The neck and chin areas seem to belie our age even if we are in good, healthy shape and take good care of our skin. Patients feel that the sagging neck and jowls are not consistent with their self-image.
Patients may initially be just annoyed by the early signs of a sagging neck, face or body and would appreciate minor improvements. Fortunately there a number of nonsurgical options. Most of today’s technology for mildly sagging skin is based on heating the collagen structure of the skin. This initiates a reorganization of the collagen to grow stronger and more organized.
THE GOLD STANDARD
The “gold standard” is Thermage. Thermage is a radiofrequency device that delivers heat to the skin through a small hand piece. It is not a laser. There is an initial cooling spray to protect the outermost superficial portion of the skin followed by radiofrequency heating of the deeper skin layer followed immediately by cooling spray. This whole process occurs under 2 seconds.
Patients experience ongoing and natural skin tightening over 2-6 months. The face and neck will look refreshed!
“Dr. Tom is extremely dedicated to his profession and to his patients. He is not only a doctor, he is an artist. I would do it all again if I had to. The self-esteem and confidence I gained were added bonuses. And kudos to Dr. Tom’s staff as well. They are all very professional, very personable, and very caring…just like their boss”!
– Christine S., Windsor, CA
THERMAGE IS EFFECTIVE ON:
The Face – as we age, phrases like “turkey neck”, loose jowls, sagging skin and “what happened to my jawline?” creep in. Thermage smooths lines and wrinkles and remodels collagen for the overall health of the skin.
The Eyes – hooding, fine lines and even our brow line can make us look worn-down. Thermage treats the upper and lower eyelids to help you look more youthful and rested.
The Body – aging doesn’t just affect the skin on our faces, our bodies see the effects too, with crepey, sagging skin and unwanted bulges and dimples. Thermage is a non-invasive way to smooth the skin on our bodies and even temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite.
Those patients with mild to moderate sagging skin of the neck, and especially with a larger concentration of fat may benefit from SmartLipo (laser liposuction). This is a minimally invasive procedure. Some very nice results can be achieved by this method. The final skin tightening result can be augmented with post op Thermage treatment.
Of course a formal facelift and neck lift will result in the most dramatic improvement. Yet there is growing subset of patients who desire a less invasive alternative. Presently a new technique that uses a continuous suture place just under the skin lifts the neck tissue upwards resulting in a nice moderate lift effect.
There are now many alternative options for patients who want to improve the appearance of their neck. Call our office for a free consultation and check out our videos below where Dr. Tom discusses “Skin Tightening with Thermage”.