Wrinkles, a double chin and loose, sagging skin on the neck are common side effects of aging that occur when the neck muscles begin to weaken and the skin loses elasticity due to collagen depletion. The use of our masseter or jaw muscle – or overuse from years of clenching, teeth grinding, or a condition like TMJ, causes swelling that impacts the size and shape of the jawline. At the MedSpot, Dr. Reyes and her team offer a variety of non-surgical treatment options to alter a heavy, overly pronounced jawline as well as address visible signs of aging in the lower portion of the face and neck area.
The minimally invasive treatments available, Botox, Kybella ™ fat dissolving injections, PDO Thread Lift, EMatrix Sublime ™ Laser, and the Precision ™ Laser Neck Lift, can be used individually or in conjunction to rejuvenate the neck and contour the jaw.
When injected along the jaw line, Botox tightens the muscles for a lifted, smoother, more contoured appearance. Botox can also be injected directly into the jaw muscle to suppress its activity, thereby softening its shape and reducing its size overtime.
For neck rejuvenation, Botox is placed into the muscles that start at the base of the neck and run up either side all the way up to the jaw. When injected into these platysmal bands, it causes a tightening of the muscles that have become lax with age. This tightening works to lift and smooth the neck for a more youthful, healthy appearance.
More about Botox
Botox is temporary, lasting approximately 4-6 months depending on the person and on the area being treated. Botox is very effective for teeth grinding and TMJ (lockjaw). After about a year of treatment administered on a needed basis, muscles can be trained and grinding can be permanently stopped. Beyond the “lift”, Botox is a preventative treatment. By weakening the depressor muscles that pull skin down, further aging is slowed.
Fat Dissolving Injections Kybella ™ for Neck-Lift Jaw Contouring and Reduction
Kybella ™ offers an easy and extremely effective means to reduce a double chin or jowly appearance in the lower region of the face and jaw area, without surgery. Kybella works through an administered series of injections that target fat cells. The result? A gradual yet ultimately permanent reduction in the amount of fat beneath the chin and, as such, a more contoured, youthful appearance.
How the Procedure Works
Kybella ™ injections employ a synthetic form of Deoxycholic acid, which is naturally produced in the body to help absorb fat. Once injected, the acid eliminates fat cells beneath the chin area to disable the stored of fat.
The number of treatments will differ based on the patient; your experience will be tailored based on your individual condition and treatment goals. Kybella ™ is proven safe but it is important you visit a skilled professional like Dr. Reyes as the deoxycholic acid used can kill other beneficial cells during the procedure.
The PDO Thread Lift is another minimally invasive method of facial rejuvenation that can revitalize the jaw and neck. This procedure lifts and tightens sagging skin and tissues using a thin molded suture or thread.
What are PDO Threads?
PDO threads are synthetic, absorbable sutures composed of Poly- Diaxanone. They are used for open-heart surgery and are completely safe for the body. In about six months they dissolve, leaving no scar tissue behind. At the MedSpot, we prefer to use barb threads for their effectiveness and speed in resolving age related facial degradations. Barb threads have tiny notches on the thread that hold and collect tissue to lift loose, sagging skin.
About the Procedure
During treatment, threads are placed strategically to lift and tighten the skin and also stimulate collagen flow to the area. For cases related to the neck and jaw, threads can be inserted along or below the jawline or in the cheek area. Your doctor will tailor the placement based on your particular goals. The threads lift and tighten the skin while simultaneously stimulating the body’s natural healing response to the sutures, triggering collagen production. This collagen supports the newly lifted skin and reduces further loss of elasticity and aging. Eventually, the threads are absorbed but the benefits are sustained. The “lift” can last up to three years depending on the individual and the severity of the problem being addressed.
No preparation is required for this procedure and there is little to no downtime. Patients should be extra gentle when cleansing their face or applying products for one week following treatment.
A rejuvenated neck and flattering, contoured jaw is easily attainable using the EMatrix Sublime ™ laser. This powerful yet safe treatment promotes collagen formation, which tightens skin and improves its overall smoothness and quality.
About the Procedure
This unique procedure uses bipolar radio frequency and infrared technology to deliver a powerful, targeted treatment in the problem area—the skin under the chin and along jawline for this particular concern. This multilayered approach gently encourages the skins formation of collagen, which provides elasticity and a natural lift. Diminished wrinkles, tighter skin and a contoured jaw can be achieved with the appropriate number of laser treatments. Generally, multiple treatments are required to achieve desired results. The exact number will vary patient to patient. Recovery is minimal as patients will be able to return to their normal daily activities immediately. Other than temporary redness, there are no common side effects.
This procedure is specifically targeted for tightening the skin and removing the fat of the neck. It employs a laser fiber to rejuvenate and tighten the skin. With each treatment, collagen formation is stimulated as well. It is the only laser that is able to apply this amount of energy safely to the neck, immediately resulting in significant tightening of the loose skin around the neck and contouring of the neck and jawline.
More about the Precision TX ™ Laser Neck Lift
Results vary based on the patient but generally one treatment is all that is needed. Results lasts three to five years. There are no scars and the procedure may be repeated after enough time to maintain revitalizing results. There is no visible scarring.
Is it right for me?
If you don’t have very much fat but want to get rid of excess skin on the neck, the Precision TX™ Laser Neck Lift could be the ideal solution. The only way to be sure is to come in to see Dr. Reyes and her team at the Med Spot in Woodland Hills for a free consultation.