Neck Rejuvenation in Santa Barbara

Is your neck giving away your “true” age? 

The neck area is comprised of delicate skin and as we age it becomes susceptible to wrinkles, pigmentation, and a “hanging” appearance. The reasons for this include sun damage, gravity, fat accumulation and heredity. Neck rejuvenation is a wonderful way to restore youthful contours and make a positive difference in your appearance. As the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, we offer various surgical neck rejuvenation options (all done without general anesthesia) and a surprising non-invasive option for a younger-looking neck.

Neck Lift. If your neck has sagging skin with excess wrinkling, neck lift surgery is a good option.

  • The skin is tightened and muscles are often tied together in the midline to help create a “sling effect” for better support.
  • Excess fat is removed and a suspension suture is often placed to give more long-lasting support to the neck.
  • The surgery is usually done hiding incisions behind the ears and a small one under the chin.

Submentoplasty. The area under your chin is also known as the submentum and will often develop bands of excess and “stringy” muscles as we age. A submentoplasty is less extensive than a neck lift procedure:

  • The muscle bands are sewn together and extra fat is trimmed.
  • Sagging skin is removed to re-contour the neck.
  • A short zig-zag incision is hidden behind the chin.
  • Especially good for men who are starting to see a “turkey neck”.

Submental Liposuction. Improving your double chin can often be done with liposuction. This procedure will remove excess subcutaneous fat and is best done on patients with good skin tone.

  • Liposuction can address the submentum, anterior neck and even some of the jowls.
  • It can be done through a tiny incision hidden behind the chin.
  • When properly done it will “sculpt” the tissues so the youthful contour of your neck will be restored.

Platysma Plication. The platysma muscle stretches from the clavicle (collar bone) to the lower face. As we age the skin elasticity of the neck decreases and contraction of the platysma starts to cause banding of the overlying skin creating a “turkey neck” appearance.

  • Plication means sewing the right and left platysma muscles together in the midline to allow them to return to their normal position.
  • This is accomplished through a small incision hidden in the crease behind the chin.

Minimally-Invasive Neck Suture Lift. This surgery is designed to lift and support the neck skin with special sutures that encourage scar tissue in-growth to “attach” the skin to the suture.

  • Sometimes referred to as a “thread lift”.
  • Less invasive than a traditional neck lift with a shorter healing time.
  • Ideal for a person who’s aging neck issues are in the earlier stages.

Non-Surgical Neck Rejuvenation. Many people are surprised to find out that Botox and Dysport an be used for non-surgical neck rejuvenation.

  • Botox or Dysport is injected into the platysma muscle causing relaxation of the muscle.
  • When the muscle is relaxed, the appearance of the neck banding or “turkey neck” is reduced.
  • Results last about 3 to 4 months.

Neck rejuvenation can truly turn back the clock on your appearance and there are many options for different stages of the aging neck.

Call our office – 805-563-0000 – to schedule a neck rejuvenation consultation today.

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon on Sagging Neckline Advice

In our culture, a swan like neck is the symbol of youth. The skin is taut, smooth, and firm. As we approach our 40s and 50s, the well-defined jawline and neck may blur together as the skin becomes thin, crepe-y, and saggy. The area under the chin may become “wobbly” and fine lines and wrinkles may also appear in the neck area. At my Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery practice, we treat all stages of neckline aging. I will share with you tips on slowing down the aging process as well as treatments (non-invasive and surgical) that are effective in turning back the clock.

Taking Care of Your Neck
In speaking with my patients about skin care and reading articles on the subject, I have found that the neck area is often neglected. This is ironic because the neck is usually exposed to the sun’s UV rays and environmental pollutants just as much as the face is (unless you are someone who wears turtlenecks and scarves year round). In fact, the neck skin tends to be more delicate than facial skin and so care of the neck area should be done daily. Treat your neckline as an extension of your face and feather down your cleanser, anti-aging serums, and moisturizer. More aggressive products like Tretinoin (“Retin A”) or products containing retinol may irritate your neck skin so use them sparingly and watch for signs of irritation (such as redness or peeling). The best thing that you can do for the neck area (and chest) is to apply an SPF 30+ sunscreen daily and re-apply if you are outside for a long time, have been swimming, or have been sweating excessively.

Early Aging Neck Product
If you have noticed that your neck skin seems just a bit less taut, one product that I highly recommend is Nectifirm. This neck-specific cream is formulated with special peptides, plant extracts, and anti-oxidants that address the changes in your neck as you age. The skin will look firmer and more lifted and can reduce the appearance of rough, crepe-y skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. Nectifirm is available at Evolutions Medical and Day Spa in Santa Barbara.

Non-Invasive Neck Skin Tightening
A non-invasive skin tightening neck treatment can be ideal on many levels. There is little to no downtime, it can be more cost efficient, and it gives a nice result. I have developed Total Tightening which is a protocol combining two superior non-invasive skin tightening technologies (ReFirme and Titan) that can give the neckline a firmer look. Results are cumulative, so a treatment series is recommended (usually 4 treatments, about 4 to 6 weeks apart). Total Tightening is a great way to address skin laxity without needles or surgery.

Neck Lift Surgery

Before and After Pictures of Neck Lift Surgery
by Dr. Terry J. Perkins

If your neckline has really succumbed to gravity and/or has fat accumulation that is causing a “wobble”, then Neck Lift Surgery may be your best option. This surgery creates a new “support” for your neck by tying the muscles under the skin to help create a “sling effect”. Incisions are hidden behind the ears and a small one under the chin.

My Neck Lift patients express great satisfaction with the outcome of their surgery. An added bonus is that the removal of excess skin and fat can change the shape of their face – no longer looking “bottom” heavy – their face looks thinner and gives the appearance of weight loss.

If you are interested in discussing neck lift surgery or other alternatives, feel free to contact my office for a consultation.

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Schedule an appointment with Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins by calling 805-563-0000. Click here to view more before and after Neck Lift Surgery photos by Dr. Perkins. 

Look More Youthful with a Necklift by Dr. Perkins in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins is a facial rejuvenation specialist and will be the first to tell you that continuity in your appearance is the key to maintaing a youthful look. Many people pay close attention to their face – from using physician grade products to having facials and using Botox and fillers to combat signs of aging – but forget the neck area entirely. The neck is made up of delicate skin with fewer oil glands than the face so neglecting this area can cause accelerated aging. A taut, wrinkle-free face can quickly be undermined by a sagging and wrinkly neck and thus reveal your real age.

Before and After Photos of Necklift Surgery
by Dr. Perkins.

For those who feel their neck could be in “better” shape, there are options to repair the muscle and skin laxity to make the neck what it once was. Necklift surgery by Dr. Perkins is usually done with incisions behind the ears and a small one under the chin. The muscles are usually tied to create a sling effect for better support and a suspension suture is often used to give more long-lasting support to the neck. The result is enhanced definition and a more toned appearance. Excess skin may be removed.

If your neck is still in good “shape”, what can you do to keep it that way? Give your neck area the same treatment that you give to your face. When cleansing or using products such as moisturizer, serums, or SPF, don’t stop at the jawline. Feather the product down to the neck and chest area. Since the skin is thinner, antioxidant creams can help along with a daily dose of sunscreen.

Proper care of the neck will help delay the signs of aging. A necklift will restore a youthful appearance to your neck and to your whole appearance as well.

Interested in a necklift or facial rejuvenation? Contact Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara at 805-563-0000 for a consultation with Dr. Terry Perkins. 

Santa Barbara Neck Lift Surgery by Dr. Perkins

Botox and dermal fillers are a great way to “defy” the aging process on your face but your neck may be giving away your “true” age. Unfortunately our necks are also susceptible to loss of collagen and the effects of gravity, which may leave you with a “turkey waddle” that certainly doesn’t match the rest of your look.

If this is the case, you may want to consider Neck Lift surgery by Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins. When the neck area has succumbed to the aging process, three issues may be involved: sagging skin, muscle banding and local fat accumulation. Dr. Perkins will address each of these problems in order to make the neck contour what it once was. This can be done using incisions behind the ears and a small incision under the chin. If necessary, Dr. Perkins will tie the muscles together to create a “sling effect” for even better support.

Is there anything you can do to stave off aging of the neck? If your neck isn’t quite at the point where a Neck Lift surgery is necessary than consider yourself lucky to be reading this post! Keep your neck area looking young by giving it the same treatment as your face. When you are cleansing, applying moisturizer, antioxidants, serum, or sunscreen, remember to feather it down your neck. Although your neck has fewer oil glands than your face, it is still exposed to the same elements so proper skincare and protection will do it a world of good – and may give you ten more years before a Neck Lift is necessary.

Schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation with Dr. Perkins by calling Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara at 805-563-0000.

Neck Lifts in Santa Barbara: Cosmetic Surgery Highlight

The neck can be a “spoiler” for some people by revealing their “true” age or even making them look older than they really are. While many of us take extra special care of our faces to prevent signs of aging by using Botox or fillers and having routine appointments at Evolutions Medical Spa for Laser Facials and peels, there are not many preventative steps you can take to make your neck look younger, or keep it young. Cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and using sunscreen diligently on the neck area helps, but what can you do when the skin begins to look crepey and/or begins to hang, blurring the line between your jaw and your neckline?

The best answer to that question is to have Neck Lift surgery. By surgically removing extra fat and tightening the skin, a person can regain the neck contour that they once had. Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins performs neck lift surgery by tying the muscles to create a “sling effect” for better support and a suspension suture is often used to give more long-lasting support to the neck area. Incisions are behind the ears and a small one is also placed under the chin.

Dr. Perkins also performs a minimally-invasive neck lift surgery using special support sutures and limited undermining behind the ears. This is a good option for those who are looking for less dramatic results (or who may not need a full neck lift at the time) but the results do not usually last as long. View more before-and-after neck lift surgery pictures on Dr. Perkins’ website.

Actual Patient of Dr. Perkins: Neck Lift Surgery Santa Barbara

For a neck lift surgery consultation with Dr. Perkins, contact his office at 805-563-0000. Cosmetic Surgery Center is located in Santa Barbara, just a few blocks from Cottage Hospital. 

Did Bristol Palin Have Plastic Surgery? Before-and-After Pictures of Bristol

There has been a lot of speculation lately about whether or not Bristol Palin, former Dancing with the Stars contender and daughter of Sarah Palin, has had cosmetic surgery to refine her face – she recently appeared with a slimmer face and more defined chin and jawline.

Bristol has not commented on her appearance, but many others have, speculating on what facial plastic surgery procedures she may have had. Possibilities include a neck lift – which removes the excess fat underneath the chin through small incisions behind the ears and under the chin and may have included tying the muscles to create a “sling” for better support (although often this is done in older patients where the muscles have sagged). She may have also had a chin lift where a small implant is used to give a “weaker” chin better definition.

Whether or not Bristol has had plastic surgery to alter her appearance, we may never know, but we do think that she looks great!

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins offers neck lift and chin lift surgical procedures as well as other facial cosmetic surgery options. View before-and-after plastic surgery procedures done by Dr. Perkins in Santa Barbara at his fully-accredited surgical suite located near Cottage Hospital.