As we get older, our skin loses its natural elasticity and starts to lose ground in the daily fight against gravity. Many people find the skin around their chin and jawline starts to sag excessively, giving them the appearance of multiple chins or jowls. Some of these men and women are happy with the way the rest of their face has aged, but would like to firm and tighten up the neck area. You may not be concerned about the crow’s feet around your eyes or smile lines around your mouth, but the profile view of your neck and chin drives you crazy and makes you look older than you feel.

In theory, you would think something like a simple neck lift might work. What’s that you say? You haven’t heard of a neck lift? Probably not. As an elective cosmetic surgery, the neck lift has failed to gain popularity because dramatic results are not really possible without working from the top down. Isolated skin and fat removal from the neck often looks unnatural and long-term results are doomed to fail. The excess skin that eventually ends up along the jawline as droopy jowls probably originated somewhere in the face or cheeks. If you simply remove it from that area and fail to take the rest of the face into consideration, your neck will be slimmer, but the results will not be natural looking.

Instead, patients seeking to improve the contour of their jawline and remove unsightly bags or jowls should consider a facelift procedure. Dr. Pittman is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in rhytidectomies. He removes sagging skin and major wrinkles as well as excess fat and tissue in the neck or chin. Using advanced technologies and techniques such as direct excision or liposuction, Dr. Pittman will give your whole appearance a more youthful and vibrant look.

Starting from the top down, Dr. Pittman makes small incisions that are easily hidden by your hairline and ears. Skin is then tightened and elevated, while creases smooth and excess fat is removed. Once your skin is re-draped into its new, smoother position, it is held in place by a few inconspicuous sutures. Face lift surgery offers dramatic results in a single procedure. As such, you can expect the recovery time to be a little longer than other elective cosmetic procedures. You should plan to be away from work for two weeks and you should limit strenuous activity for at least the same amount of time, if not more. Facial bruising will last two to three weeks and you should avoid excessive sun exposure for several months.

Your face is your window to the world. If you are considering improving your neckline contour by removing excess skin or fat tissue, it is in your best interest to opt for a the full facelift procedure. You will be happier with the overall dramatic results right after surgery and for years to come.