The neck is a trouble spot for many men. Patients will often come in complaining of a “thick” neck that makes them look and feel older than their years. This is often exacerbated by the fact that men wear neckties and/or collared shirts that emphasize the area. Some men are simply genetically predisposed to a double chin or excess fat in the submental region under the chin. For others, however, age weakens the skin and muscles in the neck. This can result in excessive jowling in the lower portion of the face, a less defined jawline and what is often referred to as a turkey wattle.
Thankfully, there are quite a few non-surgical and surgical options available for treating the male neck. As a man himself, Dr. Robert Whitfield has an intimate understanding of a man’s anatomy, fears and concerns. He gets that men want a procedure that is going to deliver natural looking results with as little downtime as possible.
With this in mind, Dr. Whitfield will examine your anatomy during your initial male neck consultation taking into account your skin tone and elasticity as well as the amount of submental fat, if any. He will listen to your desired outcome and together, you will come up with the treatment plan that is right for you. It may include one or more of the following.
For younger patients with good skin elasticity, but an isolated pocket of submental fat under the chin, Kybella can be an idea option. It is an injectable made up of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body. It works by breaking down or “melting” the fat in the treatment area. Once the fat cells die, they are eliminated by the lymphatic system. The results are permanent as long as your weight remains stable.
Since Kybella is non-surgical, it requires little to no downtime. However, you will need more than one treatment, spaced anywhere from 4-6 weeks apart. While 2 treatments is standard for a small pocket of fat, some patients may need up to 6.
Submental Liposuction for the Male Neck
For patients with good skin quality, but who have a larger amount of fat, submental liposuction is going to be the treatment of choice. Dr. Whitfield offers his patients the full range of liposuction devices: traditional, power assisted, ultrasound assisted, and laser assisted. All remove fat. But each has its own unique quality. The right one for you is going to really depend on your anatomy and your needs.
Regardless of the device used, Dr. Whitfield performs what is called tumescent liposuction. With this technique, a solution of lidocaine, epinephrine and saline is injected into the subcutaneous fat in the submental region under the chin. First this helps to numb the area, eliminating the need for general anesthesia in most cases. Second, the volume of the lidocaine causes the fat to become swollen and firm. This, in turn, makes it easier to remove.
The tumescent technique not only delivers a safer, better looking outcome, but there is significantly less post op bruising. This is a huge plus for most men as it means that you can more quickly return to your daily life.
For patients with minimal to moderate excess fat and loose skin, FaceTite™ can be a great option. It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes fat and tightens skin in the neck, leaving behind just two small incisions. It works by using RFAL or Radio Frequency Assisted Lipolysis.
FDA approved for skin tightening, the FaceTite™ probe has two points of treatment: one on top of the skin and one under the skin. The energy passes between these two points, heating the tissues from both inside and outside. This destroys the underlying fat cells in the treatment area and leaves your skin looking smoother, tighter and more youthful.
FaceTite™ requires little to no downtime and minimal scarring. It may be performed alone or in conjunction with submental liposuction.
Men with excessively loose, sagging skin and/or muscle in the neck are going to require a male neck lift. It is a surgical procedure that addresses:
Since men often have excess skin in the mid-line, Dr. Whitfield will utilize a z type incision over the Adam’s apple. This allows him to lift and tighten the sagging skin and muscle in the neck without having to place incisions in the hairline. This is important since many men wear their hair short or have a receding hairline which can make behind the ear incisions unacceptable.
Recovery for any male neck procedure is really going to depend on how your individual body heals. With Kybella, you can expect to be bruised and sore following your procedure, but this typically resolves in 1-2 weeks.
To find out more about procedures for the male neck with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at (877) 785-2382 or schedule a consultation at one of our Austin locations, Round Rock or West Lake Hills.