When it comes to selfies, people love to show off their looks and make themselves appear as young as possible in their photos. While many people get Botox or fillers to reduce or eliminate wrinkles and fine lines on the face, there is another area of the body that is growing in popularity when it comes to plastic surgery. The neck can make a person look older if the skin is sagging or has wrinkles up and down the visible area and neck plastic surgery is more popular now than at any certain time in the past.
The area under the chin, AKA the neck, is highlighted much more in photos than at any particular time in the past few decades thanks to the growing number of selfies taken on a daily basis. People are constantly searching for the “perfect selfie angle” to either hide their neck or make it look better in the photo than it appears in real life.
While Botox and fillers were largely used in the past to address a neck that looks older, there is now a shift back towards surgery to accomplish the results desired by patients.
According to numbers provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the use of Botox and fillers only increased by 5.1% in 2017. On the other hand, neck lifts increased by 20% as of 2017.
One of the reasons patients choose to have a neck lift is the fact that the procedure tightens the underlying facial structure and the results are also long lasting. A neck lift rejuvenates the neck area from the underside of the jaw all the way down to the collarbone of the patient. The procedure provides a more youthful look to areas that show sagging skin and extra fat including a condition known as “turkey wattle” where the extra skin hangs underneath the neck.
In addition, the type of patients seeking these treatments is becoming more diverse. The ASPS reported that the number of Hispanic and African American cosmetic surgeries increased 16% and 17%, respectively from 2016 to 2017. The number of Asian American patients remained the same but, it should be noted that, the number of Asian American patients increased 125% between 2005 and 2015.
Even as recently as 10 years ago, a Caucasian beauty standard was the main request from patients. These days, many patients are embracing their natural look and looking for subtle improvements to their appearance.
One of the main inspirations patients have for their appearance is how they look on social media when their photos are filtered through an app. For these patients, there are non-invasive options to treat the neck such as fat transfer from another part of the body, fillers and Botox. As recently as 2017, 1.5-million cosmetic surgery procedures were performed as well as 3.2-million non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
According to Dr. Daniel Barrett, of Barrett Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, patients want plastic surgery on their neck because “the skin on the neck is constantly moving and is thin skin. It is an extension of the face and, now more than ever, is visible in photos and selfies as people angle their face for the camera.”
Some patients assume that a neck lift can stop the aging process from being visible on the neck. While the results of a neck lift can turn back the hands of time in terms of the appearance of the neck, it cannot stop the aging process. Patients will continue to see lines and wrinkles as well as a sagging look to the neck as the years continue to pass. However, a neck lift will make patients look younger than their actual age.
Dr. Barrett added that surgeons can “incorporate other procedures such as a chin implant if the bone structure needs additional projection. We can also use a C02 laser to improve overall skin elasticity. Some patients have excess fat in the neck area. In that case, liposuction is done with the neck lift.”
After undergoing a neck lift, many patients believe that the results are permanent. Unfortunately, this is not the case with this cosmetic surgery choice. The aging process will continue and the skin on the neck will still show wrinkles, sun damage and the banding of muscles. In order to maintain the results from a neck lift for as long as possible, patients should take care of the skin on their neck and even have fillers or Botox to help maintain the results.
Neck lifts are not solely reserved for older patients. There are patients in their 30s and 40s that are starting to show signs of aging on the neck. They are turning to a neck lift in order to smooth, tighten and firm the neck and give it a more youthful appearance.