Would you rather cover your neck than show it? Many men or women who suffer from a double chin or a slack neck will recognize this. Fortunately, an excess of fat under the chin, sagging skin or a so-called 'turkey neck' can be easily remedied with a tailor-made treatment.
The neck is an area where the effects of aging are clearly visible. Especially a slackened jawline, a turkey neck or a double chin cause insecure feelings.
What is the cause of a double chin or sagging neck?
To get straight to the point: there is no single cause. Whether or not you get a double chin or floppy neck, primarily has to do with your anatomy and the quality of your skin. Some are more prone to a double chin or slack neck than others.
Everyone normally has a small amount of fat in the area under the chin. Extra fat makes for a clearer double chin. When the skin slackens, the fat sags and the neck hangs due to gravity. The amount of fat under your chin has nothing to do with your weight. It is not the case that only overweight people have fat under the chin. Where the fat in your body accumulates varies from person to person. Dieting does not prevent a double chin or slack neck. Significant weight loss can actually worsen a slack neck because the volume (fat) under the skin decreases and the skin does not stretch back completely. This gives your neck a more spacious jacket. Everyone who gets older not only loses elasticity in the skin due to a decrease in elastin and collagen, but also decreases muscle and bone mass. As the volume under the skin decreases, the skin becomes more spacious. A slack neck is therefore a very common phenomenon.
Treatment for a double chin or slack neck
There are several options for getting rid of a double chin or slack neck. Sometimes a combination of different treatments is needed to achieve optimal results.
If there are localized fat deposits under the neck, neck liposuction is a good solution. It is important to be at your target weight before surgery. If you lose a lot of weight or gain weight after the operation, this has a negative effect on the result. During a personal consultation, the plastic surgeon not only looks at the fat, but also at the quality of the skin. It is important that the skin is elastic enough to adapt properly after liposuction. If this is not the case, this procedure is combined with a neck and jaw lift, a correction of the neck muscle or a facelift.
A neck lift
A neck lift can offer a solution for the so-called 'turkey neck'. Excess skin is removed or tightened towards the ear by means of an incision in the neck. This will give you a tighter neck. The neck lift may not be sufficient to achieve a desired result. When the problem is not only caused by sagging skin, but also by sagging neck muscles, a neck facelift a better treatment.
Correction of the neck muscle
A correction of the neck muscle is also called a platysma plastic. This is an operation to tighten the muscles in the neck again by means of a small incision in the neck.
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