People have always used plastic surgery as a way to eliminate signs of aging. Previously, most would focus on removing fine lines and other issues around the face, and then touching up other parts of the body afterward. Few surgeries were dedicated to improving the look of the neck. If the neck was altered it was as a direct result of the surgical procedures being performed on the lower half of the face, but in most cases it was completely ignored. The delicate tissue in this area, as well as the focus most people have for their face, both contributed to this trend. But improvements in surgical procedures are starting to change the way the neck is handled.
Treating the Body as It Ages
Plastic surgeons have found that the neck usually ages earlier and faster than the rest of the upper body, meaning that your neck will reveal your age long before your face does. The delicate muscles in the neck known as the platysma allow for all the necessary movement in this area and can start to sag very quickly. This area also stores fat very easily, which can make individuals look plumper even if the face is not holding any excess weight.
As surgery has improved and doctors have started to pay more attention to the neck, many are starting to offer the option of treating the neck without treating the face. Many have found that performing liposuction on the chin or tightening the tissue along the sides of the neck will often produce satisfactory results without the need to perform surgery on the face. Those that are just starting the aging process, as well as those that are concerned about the idea of having a more comprehensive surgery performed, find that this is the perfect jumping off point to improve their looks without excessive trauma.