Some men are simply genetically predisposed to develop a double chin or excess fat in the submental region (under the chin). For others, however, age weakens the skin and muscles in the neck. This can result in jowls appearing on the lower portion of the face, a less-defined jawline and what is often referred to as a “turkey wattle.”
Surgical and non-surgical treatments for male neck rejuvenation
Thankfully, there are several non-surgical and surgical options available to rejuvenate a man’s neck. As a man himself, Dr. Robert Whitfield has an intimate understanding of the male anatomy, what men fear about facial surgery or treatments, and other concerns. He gets that men want a procedure that is going to deliver natural-looking results with as little downtime as possible, such as our neck rejuvenation in Austin.
A customized neck rejuvenation procedure for men.
Dr. Whitfield will examine your anatomy during your initial consultation to evaluate your skin tone and elasticity as well as the amount of excess fat under the chin or on the upper neck, if any. He will listen to your desired outcome and together, you will come up with the treatment plan that will achieve the natural look you want. It may include one or more of the following treatments:
Submental Liposuction: For patients with good skin quality, but who have a larger quantity of excess fat, submental liposuction is the treatment of choice. Dr. Whitfield offers his patients the full range of liposuction devices: traditional, power assisted, ultrasound assisted, and laser assisted. All remove fat, but each has its own unique quality. The right one for you is going to really depend on your anatomy and your needs.
Regardless of the device used, Dr. Whitfield performs what is called tumescent liposuction. With this technique, a solution of lidocaine, epinephrine and saline is injected into the subcutaneous fat in the submental region under the chin. First this helps to numb the area, eliminating the need for general anesthesia in most cases. Second, the volume of the lidocaine causes the fat to become swollen and firm. This, in turn, makes it easier to remove.
The tumescent technique not only delivers a safer, better looking outcome, but there is significantly less post op bruising. This is a huge plus for most men as it means that you can more quickly return to your daily life.
FaceTite™ for male neck rejuvenation
For patients with minimal to moderate excess fat and loose skin, FaceTite™ can be a great option. It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes fat and tightens skin in the neck, leaving behind just two small incisions. It works by using RFAL or Radio Frequency Assisted Lipolysis.
FDA approved for skin tightening, the FaceTite™ probe has two points of treatment: one on top of the skin and one under the skin. The energy passes between these two points, heating the tissues from both inside and outside. This destroys the underlying fat cells in the treatment area and leaves your skin looking smoother, tighter and more youthful.
FaceTite™ requires little to no downtime and minimal scarring. It may be performed alone or in conjunction with submental liposuction.
Male neck lift surgery
Men with excessively loose, sagging skin and/or muscle in the neck can only be resolved with a male neck lift. It is a surgical procedure that addresses:
- Jowls caused by excess fat and loose skin
- Fatty deposits under the chin
- Deep wrinkles caused by sagging skin on the neck
- Prominent vertical muscle bands creating an unsightly neck contour
Since men often have excess skin in the mid-line, Dr. Whitfield will utilize a z type incision over the Adam’s apple. This allows him to lift and tighten the sagging skin and muscle in the neck without having to place incisions within the hairline. This is important since many men wear their hair short or have a receding hairline which can make behind the ear incisions an unacceptable option.
Recovery after male neck rejuvenation
Recovery for any male neck procedure is really going to depend on how your individual body heals. You can expect to be bruised and sore following your procedure, but this typically resolves in 1-2 weeks. For liposuction, you may require about the same amount of time. For a surgical facelift, the recovery time is longer – but the results long-lasting and well worth it. For a FaceTite treatment, there is little to no recovery time.