Is 2021 the Year of the Neck?

July 13, 2021 Tags:

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The pandemic-inspired trends in plastic surgery are showing no signs of slowing down. Thanks to the “Zoom Boom” and an overall increase in screen time, more people are noticing “tech neck,” leading to a greater demand for all kinds of aesthetic treatments, from fillers and Botox to skin tightening, eyelid surgery, and an array of neck-focused tweaks.

Over the last year, plastic surgeons and medical aesthetics experts have heard more and more complaints of sagging skin and jowls, fullness under the neck, fat under the chin (submental fat), skin laxity, lines, and wrinkles along the neck, and loss of definition along the jawline. Treatments for these issues vary, but the most popular options include surgical and non-invasive procedures.

Neuromodulators, or injectable fillers, are a great solution for those dealing with mild to moderate tech neck lines. Injectables have been used off-label in the region for years. But now that U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the use of Botox on platysmal bands is expected in 2021, it seems that neuromodulators in the neck will soon be a bigger business than ever. While these injectables will never be a replacement for more invasive surgeries, they can help to address the lines that are associated with tech neck—both by treating those that are already there and preventing more from forming.

For moderate neck issues, such as wattle and bands, Exilis is a non-surgical skin tightening procedure. Exilis Ultra 360 is the first of its kind to use advanced radiofrequency and ultrasound technology to target fat cells to reduce fat and tighten the skin. You’ll feel a warming sensation during the procedure as the heat penetrates your skin, causing fat cells to shrink and skin to contract and become tighter, creating a firmer and more youthful appearance. 

Excess unwanted, stubborn fat along and under the chin is common. However, facial liposuction can deliver impressive results to improve this. Submental liposuction, or “chin lipo” as it’s often called, uses a cannula to suction excess fat from the chin, neck, and jowls. It is often combined with a skin tightening procedure like Exilis to contour, define and generally avoid skin sagging.

If you’re looking for a less invasive procedure than liposuction, Kybella may be for you. This FDA-approved injectable is the first and only treatment that physically destroys fat deposits under the chin. Once destroyed, those cells can no longer store or accumulate fat. 

Keep your chin up with a beautiful neck. Schedule your consultation with Dr. J. J. Wendel Plastic Surgery today to learn more about these procedures and determine which might be best for you. 

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