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Flabby Wrinkly Neck After Losing Weight, How Can I Fix It?

I am 47 and in the process of losing weight and notice that my neck/throat is flabby and I am developing longitudinal wrinkles. I've been fortunate never to have had much in the way of wrinkles before, but these are deep and I find it hard to accept them. Is my only option surgery and how much of an improvement can I hope for? I'm currently using Bio-oil and massage, no improvement so far:-(

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Fix Flabby Wrinkled Neck After Weight Loss

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Thank you for your question. Congratulations on your weight loss.

Wait at least 6 months to a year after you have lost all of your weight you plan to lose before having a procedure to tighten your neck.

A neck lift and possible muscle tightening (Platysmaplasty) is the preferred method for tightening neck skin after weight loss.

There are many non surgical methods out there-Thermage, LuxIR Deep, Titan, Ulthera etc. but they only achieve at best a 20 % result.

Be sure to see a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Web reference: http://drseckel.com/surgical-procedures/face-lift/

Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Flabby neck after weight loss

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Based on your description it appears that you would be a good candidate for a surgical neck lift - good luck.

Web reference: http://www.seattleface.com/html/face_lift.php

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Treatment for flabby wrinkly neck after weight loss

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Flabby neck skin cannot be treated with just a neck lift alone.  A face/neck lift is the only option to fix flabby neck skin.  The 2 longitudinal wrinkles that are present in the neck are called flexion creases and are unable to be improved with any type of procedure.  Skin lotions and potions will not help inelasticity in the neck.

Web reference: http://seattlefacial.com

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Neck lift options

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The wrinkles on your neck can be treated with laser treatments. If your sagging is minimal you could benefit from Ulthera, a non-invasive skin tightening treatment. However, if the sagging is more severe, a neck lift surgery might be your best option.

During a consultation with an expert facial plastic surgeon, he will be able to examine the loose skin around your neck and the wrinkles and determine the best treatment plan for you.

Web reference: http://www.facialplastics.info/necklift.html

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Post massive weight loss neck laxity ages you!

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A full face is a youthful face, so in the case of significant weight loss, facial laxity and loss of volume result in a more aged look. Neck tightening is typically the answer with sagging skin excess in the neck. Incisions tend to go up to the sideburn and around the ear, but you may require less than that. I would recommend you see a Board-Certified plastic surgeon for an evaluation and opinion about what would be best for you.

Web reference: http://www.drshermak.com/facial-surgery-baltimore/neck-contouring/

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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What can I do about my flabby neck

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The most noticable signs of aging in the neck typically result from laxity in the platysma muscle. When it sags it can create a "turkey neck" appearance. This can be accentuated with weight loss as the muscle is stretched when you gain weight and as you lose weight it will sag. The most effective treatment for a sagging neck is surgery. Surgical procedures could range from a neck lift to a neck lift as well as a facelift depending on whether or not you have jowling as well.

Regarding the deep lines in your neck, it is difficult to give specific recommendations without seeing pictures. There are options such as thermage and ulthera. I would consult with an experienced and qualified surgeon for treatment options.

Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Sagging neck after weight loss

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  In general, the loosenes in the neck with weight loss and advancing age is due to looseness of the platysmal muscle. This muscle travels from the collarbone to the edge of the jaw and loses its elasticity with age. If you have excess weight in your neck, this stretches the muscle. With weight loss, the muscle looseness becomes more obvious. Longitudinal wrinkles an be seen with a lot of muscle looseness or weight loss. Unfortunately, there are not many effective options to improve the elasticity or tightness of the neck muscle or skin other than surgery. Fractional laser resurfacing may help tighten the skin to a small degree and there are newer therapies trying to tighten the muscle using heat (Thermage or Titan) or ultrasound (Ulthera). However, these treatments may end up not meeting your expectations and can still be expensive. 

Pasadena Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Flabby Wrinkly Neck After Losing Weight, How Can I Fix It?

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  Photos would help in the evaluation.  The wrinkles and texture, of the neck skin, can be improved with topical skin care, mild Laser or Chemical Peels.  Some type of skin removal would be required to remove excess skin. The least invasive uses a limited incision under the chin.  The most invasive would entail performing a formal Neck Lift.  You may want to consult with a plastic and cosmetic surgeon that understands and follows the proper aesthetics of facial beauty

Web reference: http://www.thepalmercodeinstitute.com

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Loose, Flabby Neck

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Typically, neck skin that has poor skin tone will be loose and hanging with facial jowels.  This situation is usually best improved with surgical face and neck lift.  If the neck skin has good skin tone in presence of some fatty tissue the patient may be a candidate for neck liposuction.  Lastly, if the neck has wrinkles, there are various lasers that can improve the skin. 

Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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Flabby, wrinkly neck after weight loss

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  Well, no description you provide can take the place of seeking opinions after submitting photos of the problem.  I do not think that what you are doing will prove successful but it is hard to give useful advice without the necessary information.

Web reference: http://kassmd.com

Saint Petersburg Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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