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Saggy Neck? Here Are Your Options

No matter how hard you try to prevent or delay aging, everyone starts seeing telltale signs like a saggy neck at some point. Luckily, cosmetic medicine keeps advancing every year, giving you many options to restore your youthful appearance.

What Is a Saggy Neck?

Over the years, skin loses its youthful resilience and becomes thinner. A decline in your body’s natural production of structural proteins leads to wrinkles, sagging, and the appearance of a double chin.

What Causes This Condition?

It’s not too hard to understand why a saggy neck is a consequence of aging for many people when you consider these reasons.

  • Lack of collagen and elastin: These two essential proteins provide all body tissues with support. You’ll produce less of these over time, causing your skin to become less elastic.
  • Muscle laxity: Various muscles also provide structure and strength to your skin. If these weaken, you’ll notice sagging and wrinkles.
  • UV exposure: Many people have developed a consistent skin care routine for their faces, but they neglect to pay attention to their necks. If you ignore the need to protect this delicate skin with moisturizer and sunscreen, you’ll notice the signs of aging sooner.
  • Fat tissue distribution: Often, your neck may make you look older and heavier, even if you maintain a healthy body weight. Some people have a genetic tendency to accumulate unwanted fat in this area, and it’s hard to get rid of it through diet and exercise.

How to Turn Back Time on Your Aging Neck

Dr. Jeannie MacDonald offers surgical and non-surgical solutions for a saggy neck, and you can choose between them based on your goals and concerns.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Treatments we provide include intense pulsed light laser skin resurfacing, microneedling, and chemical peels. While these options offer different benefits, potential risks, and candidacy requirements, none of them require surgery, stitches, or extensive downtime. However, their results are not permanent, so you will need to schedule touch-ups to maintain your appearance. They also cannot create the same dramatic effects as surgery.

Neck Lift Surgery

By far the most effective and long-lasting solution to a saggy neck is a surgical neck lift. If you’re experiencing severely sagging skin or loose neck muscles, it’s the best way to achieve a smooth, elegant neckline. Though this surgery requires incisions and general anesthesia, it’s still an outpatient procedure, so you can return home the same day. 

Saggy Neck Treatment in New Westminster, BC

Have you noticed age-related changes such as a double chin, saggy neck, or prominent muscle banding? In plastic surgery, the sooner you tackle a cosmetic issue, the better. If you are interested in any of the minimally invasive or surgical procedures we offer, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will schedule a consultation with Dr. MacDonald at your earliest convenience.