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Non-surgical neck lifts are one of the most popular cosmetic procedure to rejuvenate the neck in the private NYC dermatology office of Dr. Michele Green. As we age, our necks are one of the first areas to show the visible signs of aging. The neck area is very susceptible to the premature signs of aging due to the thinness of the neck skin, increased sun exposure, lack of proper skincare, genetics, environmental damage, and excess screen time. Luckily there are many amazing non-surgical options for neck rejuvenation, which require no downtime. The key to rejuvenating the skin, especially the delicate skin of the neck, is to stimulate new collagen and elastin production.

Whether it be increased skin laxity, excess fat under the chin, prominent neck bands or deep wrinkles, age/sun spots, discoloration, or loose skin, non-invasive skin tightening and rejuvenation procedures can improve all aspects of the aging neck and create a more youthful appearance. Most patients choose a non-surgical neck lift over a surgical neck lift procedure, to avoid the downtime and potential side effects of invasive plastic surgery. Non-invasive neck lifts procedures with Botox, dermal fillers, radiofrequency lasers, Kybella injections, CoolSculpting, and fractionated lasers, have increased exponentially over the last ten years. In fact, non-surgical procedures have far bypassed surgical procedures for the majority of patients.

Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology, with over 25 years of experience providing her patients from around the world with the best non-surgical options available, including for neck rejuvenation. For her dedication to her patients and expertise, holistic approach to treatment, and ‘less is more’ philosophy, she is consistently voted as one of the best dermatologists in New York City by Super Doctors, Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and The New York Times. When you consult with Dr. Green for your rejuvenation treatments, she will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that incorporates the non-invasive cosmetic procedures and specially formulated skincare products that are best suited to addressing your specific concerns and achieving your ideal results.

What is neck lift surgery?

Neck lift surgery is a type of cosmetic surgery that reduces the visible signs of aging in the neck area such as excess fat, wrinkles, neck bands, and loose skin. The procedure is performed by a plastic surgeon in a medical setting with the patient under general anesthesia or IV sedation. Incisions are then made, typically somewhere near the ear or under the chin. Excess fat and skin are removed and the platysma tightened before the incisions are sutured closed. The potential side effects of a surgical neck lift include infection, swelling, bruising, bleeding, and deep vein thromboses (DVT). The downtime associated with neck lift surgery is approximately six weeks. The final cosmetic results are long-lasting, although a neck lift surgery can not prevent the natural aging process from occurring. For most patients, the rejuvenation results from a neck lift last more than 10 years.

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Thermage (lower face & neck), with Voluma & Restylane Lyft

What can I do instead of a surgical neck lift?

Many patients express interest in non-surgical treatments for neck rejuvenation and wonder what the potential alternatives are to invasive plastic surgery. There are many non-invasive options for rejuvenating the appearance of the neck area. The unique combination of treatment options that is recommended for a given individual will depend on the visible signs of aging, excess skin and fat. To create a personalized non-surgical neck lift treatment plan that is safe and effective, it is important to consult with a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she will assess the neck area and you will have the opportunity to discuss with her in-depth regarding your concerns and overall aesthetic goals. She will help you determine whether non-surgical options or a neck lift surgery would benefit you most. If you are a good candidate for a non-surgical neck lift, she will work with you to develop a treatment plan that best suits your needs. If Dr. Green suggests a surgical neck lift procedure rather than non-surgical options, she will have you consult with a trusted board-certified plastic surgeon.

What is a non-surgical neck lift?

A non-surgical neck lift refers to any cosmetic procedure or combination of cosmetic procedures used to rejuvenate the appearance of the neck area without cosmetic surgery. The treatments associated with a non-surgical neck lift do not involve any incisions, and often, are not accompanied by much downtime. Compared to a surgical neck lift, non-surgical options are also typically less costly, associated with fewer potential risks and side effects, and take less time to perform. For many patients, these benefits make the non-surgical neck lift treatment options preferable to an invasive neck lift surgery. Non-surgical neck lift treatment plans should be customized to meet the specific needs of a patient based on the signs of aging they present with. Some of the most popular non-surgical options for a neck lift include radiofrequency laser treatments, including Thermage FLX and Vivace, cosmetic injectables such as Sculptra and Botox, and non-invasive removal of excess fat such as Kybella injections and CoolSculpting. It is imperative to consult with a board-certified medical professional and expert in neck rejuvenation procedures to guarantee that the best cosmetic results are produced. Dr. Michele Green in NYC is a board-certified dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing some of the most discerning men and women from around the world with the best non-invasive treatment options available, including for neck rejuvenation.

Do non-surgical face lifts work?

Yes! Non-surgical face lifts and neck lifts work to rejuvenate the appearance of the treatment area, require very little downtime, are associated with fewer potential side effects, and are more cost effective than surgical face lifts and neck lifts. For many men and women struggling with signs of aging on the neck, non-surgical treatment options are ideal. Skin tightening lasers, non-invasive fat reduction technology, and injectable treatment options can all be applied to create a holistic, non-surgical neck lift that requires zero downtime, unlike a traditional neck lift surgery. The results from non-surgical neck lift are semi-permanent, however, many patients observe their results for well beyond a full year. CoolSculpting and Kybella treatments for excess fat removal produce permanent results as long as the patient does not gain additional weight following the procedure. Many patients choose to engage in regular touch-up appointments of dermal fillers and Thermage to allow for maximum results that can last up to several years. Patients who are not ready or who are uninterested in having plastic surgery for neck rejuvenation enjoy the long-lasting and natural-looking results associated with non-surgical neck lifts.

How does a non-surgical neck lift work?

Many non-surgical neck lift treatment options work by stimulating new collagen and elastin production in the neck area. Collagen and elastin are proteins in the skin that provide it with structural support and elasticity, respectively. Over time, collagen and elastin in the skin are broken down and depleted, leading to the development of various signs of aging.

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What is the best non-surgical neck lift?

There are many cosmetic treatments that can be incorporated into a non-surgical neck lift treatment plan. The unique combination of treatments that is best for a patient will ultimately depend on the signs of aging that they present with and the severity. The best way to determine which non-surgical treatment options are most appropriate for addressing your specific concerns and achieving your ideal aesthetic results is to consult with an expert board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green in NYC.

Ultherapy vs Thermage

Ultherapy and Thermage are both safe and effective cosmetic procedures for non-surgical skin tightening. Ultherapy is a treatment that relies on ultrasound energy to stimulate new collagen production, whereas Thermage utilizes radiofrequency energy. Ultrasound energy penetrates the skin at much deeper levels than radiofrequency energy. The consequences of this are that Ultherapy is much more painful to endure than Thermage, and one of the potential side effects of Ultherapy is fat loss in the treatment area. For these reasons, Dr. Green recommends Thermage over Ultherapy to her patients.

Contouring the jawline with CoolSculpting

Many patients struggle with stubborn submental fat under their chin which gives them the appearance of a “double chin“.  Before CoolSculpting was FDA-approved, the only way to reduce this fat was through plastic surgery and invasive liposuction. CoolSculpting has become an extremely popular way to reduce the fat under the chin without the side effects of invasive surgical treatments. CoolSculpting has practically replaced the need for this type of cosmetic surgery and is ideal for treating stubborn pockets of fat that have not responded to regular exercise and a healthy diet. Coolsculpting of the neck involves utilizing a small applicator, the “Cool Mini“, placed under the chin to “freeze” this unwanted fat.  The fat cells are frozen and get reabsorbed by the body over a period of several months. 

The full effect of a Coolsculpting treatment typically takes four months. Each CoolSculpting treatment reduces the fat in the treated area by 25 percent. If there is a significant amount of fat under the chin, Dr. Green recommends having a second treatment of Coolsculpting, with the Coolmini applicator, one month after the first procedure, to maximize the desired results. Coolsculpting may be used to treat other areas of the body as well, such as the abdomen, arms, inner and outer thighs, buttocks, and knees. In addition, Coolsculpting can be combined with Kybella injections for the double chin to remove smaller pockets of fat in the double chin area and reduce the visible signs of aging.

Kybella Injections for Jowls and Double Chin

Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable for removing excess fat in the submental area. Kybella is made of a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, a substance that is naturally present in the body and works to break down dietary fat. Kybella injections in the double chin can permanently reduce the amount of excess fat cells in the area. The result is enhanced contouring of the neck and jawline without the need for an invasive procedure such as surgical liposuction.

Botox Injections for the Neck

Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport are neuromodulators that are commonly used to soften the appearance of dynamic fine lines on the forehead, glabella, and around the the eyes (crow’s feet). The injectable neurotoxin is also an incredibly effective treatment for neck rejuvenation. When it comes to neck muscles, dynamic wrinkles can occur as a result of the platysma muscles, which pull on the skin, causing the skin to appear lined and sagging. The popular “Nefertiti Lift” is the name referred to for non-surgical neck lift and skin tightening with Botox injections to the neck area. Horizontal bands can also occur from issues such as “tech neck”, which are the lines that form as a result of frequently looking down at phones and computers. An injection of Botox into the neck muscles can help to reduce the signs of these wrinkles.

Microneedling for Skin Rejuvenation

Microneedling, a treatment that is also commonly known as Collagen induction therapy, is a type of non-invasive cosmetic treatment that is designed to improve skin elasticity, skin texture, and skin tone. Microneedling works by using a handheld device that is equipped with tiny sterile needles, applied to the skin to create wounds in the epidermal layer of skin. This treatment application induces the wound healing process of skin, which in turn stimulates new collagen and elastin production. The microneedling treatment is also beneficial for skin because it can increase the efficacy of some key skincare ingredients, like hyaluronic acid. The effects can be enhanced by treating skin with microneedling thanks to the creation of microscopic channels in the skin that occurs during treatment. These channels increase the absorbance of skincare ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin c as well as help promote skin healing to reveal healthier, revitalized skin.

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Thermage 6 months before and after

Laser treatments for a Non-Surgical Neck Lift

Skin resurfacing laser treatments are considered among the safest and most effective non-invasive cosmetic procedures for diminishing evidence of aging and sun damage including fine lines, deep creases, and hyperpigmentation, among others. When you consult with Dr. Green in her boutique dermatology office, located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, you will have the opportunity to discuss with her in-depth regarding your specific skin concerns and aesthetic goals. She will then work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that caters best to your unique needs and produces the best overall long-lasting results for facial and neck rejuvenation. The following laser treatments are some of the most popular cosmetic procedures in Dr. Green’s NYC based dermatology office.

Thermage FLX is a radiofrequency skin-tightening laser treatment that can be used to treat skin laxity in the face, neck, chest, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, décolletage, and upper arms. Thermage works by utilizing monopolar radiofrequency energy to deliver heat to the dermal layers of skin, stimulating new collagen production in the treatment area, as well as causing existing collagen to contract. The result is an improvement in skin elasticity, meaning the skin is firmer, tighter, and smoother. Thermage is an excellent non-surgical treatment option for improving the appearance of loose jowls and neck skin in a single treatment session. A treatment session takes just over an hour to complete, and there is zero downtime involved with the procedure whatsoever, meaning patients can resume their usual daily activities immediately upon completion of their treatment. The skin-tightening results of Thermage typically last for up to two years, with most patients choosing to engage in an annual maintenance treatment session in order to keep up the best results.

Clear + Brilliant laser treatment is a gentle, yet effective skin resurfacing treatment which is ideal for use with patients of all skin tones and skin types. Not only does Clear + Brilliant improve the appearance of pore size, uneven pigmentation, fine lines, and acne scars, but it improves the overall surface of the skin. Clear + Brilliant laser can easily be combined with other cosmetic procedures during the same office visit, since there is no downtime or potential for an adverse interaction with any other treatment. When it comes to rejuvenating the appearance of the neck, the Clear + Brilliant laser can effortlessly be incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan and be used to eliminate the appearance of visible neck creases, fine lines, and age spots on the neck. The result is a complexion that is brighter, smoother, and more youthful overall.

eMatrix sublative rejuvenation is an FDA-approved laser treatment that takes advantage of bipolar radiofrequency energy to heat the dermal layers of skin. The effect is the induction of new collagen production in the dermis while the uppermost layers of skin remain intact, minimizing the total downtime associated with the treatment. The eMatrix laser treatment can be included in non-surgical neck lift treatment plans as it is beneficial for tightening the skin as well as for reducing the appearance of any textural irregularities. There are a couple of days of downtime, however, after having eMatrix treatment, although side effects are minimal and include slight redness, swelling, and peeling. These side effects resolve on their own within several days of treatment and patients are left wit smoother, tighter, firmer skin.

The Fraxel Dual Laser is often referred to as the “magic eraser” by Dr. Green for its unique ability to target a wide range of skin concerns and improve both the texture and tone of skin. Fraxel can be used to treat essentially any area of the body including the face, chest, arms, back, and neck. Fraxel utilizes two different wavelengths of light, 1550 nm and 1927 nm, to target the dermal layers of skin and induce new collagen production by creating microscopic, controlled wounds. The epidermal layers of skin remain intact with Fraxel treatment, which helps reduce the overall downtime required following a treatment session. Skin is rejuvenated and revitalized after treatment with Fraxel, making it an ideal treatment option for addressing the signs of aging on the neck.

Vivace laser is the ideal combination of microneedling and radiofrequency to improve skin tone and texture with almost no downtime. This FDA laser stimulates the natural production of collagen, rejuvenates the skin by reducing wrinkles, fine lines, and skin tightening. Vivace can be used to reverse the visible signs of aging on the face and neck skin. It is best to schedule a series of three Vivace treatments, spaced one month apart, to have the best cosmetic results.

BBL Broadband laser, also known as SkinTyte, is another non-surgical option for skin tightening. BBL utilizes infrared technology to induce the production of new collagen in the treatment area, ultimately leading to tighter skin. It is recommended to have five treatment sessions, each spaced one month apart, in order to achieve the best cosmetic results. Most patients need a maintenance treatment session every six months or so to keep up the best cosmetic effects. There is no downtime or discomfort involved with the BBL procedure, and a treatment can be performed in as little as 30 minutes.

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CoolMini before and after photo

How much does a non-surgical neck lift cost?

Everyone has unique skin concerns and goals. There are a number of treatment options when it comes to a non-surgical neck lift and each patient requires a customized treatment plan in order to adequately address their personal needs and to produce the best cosmetic results. This ultimately means that the cost of a non-surgical neck lift is going to vary for each patient depending on the type of non-invasive treatment methods utilized in their plan and the total number of sessions for each type that are needed. Other factors that may influence the total cost of your non-surgical neck lift include the geographic location of the medical office in which you are treated and the experience level of the provider who performs your treatment. When you consult with Dr. Michele Green in her private dermatology office located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, she will work with you to develop a treatment plan that takes into account your wants, needs, and budget.

How much does neck lift surgery cost?

The cost of a neck lift surgery typically starts at $10,000 and varies based on the type of surgery involved, anesthesia, and geographic location. Ultimately, several factors will impact the final cost of your surgical neck lift procedure, including the geographic location of the office in which you are treated, the experience level of your plastic surgeon, and the severity of the signs of aging. If choosing to have a surgical neck lift, the plastic surgeon who is performing the cosmetic surgery can provide you with an estimate of the total cost of your treatment.

Can you get a neck lift or face lift with other non-surgical procedures?

Yes! Many patients take advantage of a combination of multiple treatment modalities to maximize their rejuvenation results and achieve their ideal aesthetic goals. When you work with Dr. Green, she will help you develop a personalized treatment plan that incorporates the cosmetic procedures that are best suited to your unique needs.

Dermal Fillers for a Non-Surgical Skin Tightening

When it comes to treating natural, age-related volume loss around the neck, dermal fillers can be transformative. Dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra and Radiesse use active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite to stimulate new collagen production, replenish lost volume, eliminate wrinkles, and enhance contour. Depending on your specific needs and cosmetic goals, you will be able to work with Dr. Green in New York City to customize the treatments that are to be used in your non-surgical neck lift, so that your plan incorporates the procedures that serve you best and produce optimal, long lasting cosmetic results. Additionally, many patients choose to complement their non-surgical neck lift treatment with cheek, chin, or jawline augmentation with dermal filler injections, such as Juvederm Volux and Juvederm Voluma. Dermal fillers can be used to enhance the contour of the jawline and chin area, further rejuvenating the overall appearance of the neck area.

Sculptra is a unique dermal filler, different than hyaluronic acid dermal filler products like Juvederm and Restylane, in that it is composed of a substance called poly-L-lactic acid. Sculptra is an excellent non-surgical treatment option when it comes to eliminating the appearance of neck creases, and is commonly used by Dr. Green as a volumizing treatment in areas with depleted collagen. Sculptra works by stimulating the body to produce its own collagen and can be used on numerous areas of the body, neck, décolletage, and face. The cosmetic effects of having Sculptra injections typically last for two years, and most patients usually undergo a short series of 3 treatment sessions in order to produce their desired results.

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Thermage and Kybella before and after

When do you need to have a neck lift?

The neck area is incredibly susceptible to developing premature signs of aging due to the thinness of the neck skin, sun exposure, screen time, and the fact that there are fewer oil glands on the neck. Many patients also neglect to apply their skincare products to their necks, which is an important step in preventing fine lines, creases, and sagging skin. A neck lift procedure, whether surgical or non-surgical, is ideal for anyone with visible signs of aging in the neck area that they would like to address. Most patients that elect to have a neck lift procedure are between the ages 50-70, although there really is not an age that is best for having treatment. Patients can expect a quicker recovery time and more natural-looking cosmetic results when choosing to have a facelift or neck lift in their 40s or 50s as opposed to their 60s and 70s. If you are considering having a neck lift to reduce the appearance of neck bands, wrinkles, fine lines, loose skin, or excess fat, it is best to consult with Dr. Green, an expert board-certified dermatologist that will help you develop a customized neck lift treatment plan for rejuvenation.

Can you get a neck lift without a facelift?

Yes, it is entirely possible to have a neck lift (either surgical or non-surgical) without having a facelift. Patients that have developed various signs of aging in the neck area, but have not yet developed them in the face, are perfect candidates for a neck lift procedure. It is more common to have a neck lift in conjunction with a facelift, although it is not necessary that the two cosmetic procedures are performed together. If you opt for a non-surgical neck lift, Dr. Green will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that is best suited to your needs and goals. Since plastic surgeons may have different techniques and interpretations of the terms ‘neck lift’ and ‘face lift’, it is important to clarify your treatment plan with your provider should you opt for a surgical neck lift procedure to ensure you achieve your ideal results.

What is the best treatment for a turkey neck?

The best treatment for treating loose skin on the neck depends on the severity of skin laxity and the personal preferences of the patient. Patients with a mild to moderate amount of loose skin in the neck area may benefit from a non-surgical skin-tightening treatment such as Thermage, whereas patients with severe skin laxity will benefit more from having cosmetic surgery to remove the excess skin. When you consult with Dr. Michele Green in New York City, she will help you determine which treatment or combination of treatment options would be best suited to your specific concerns and achieving your ideal results.

Does CoolSculpting work on a turkey neck?

Typically, when patients refer to a turkey neck, the concern that they have is the presence of loose, excess skin in the neck area. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure for fat reduction in the treatment area, and is not indicated for skin-tightening. CoolSculpting is an ideal non-surgical option for decreasing unwanted fat cells, eliminating a double chin and enhancing the contour of the jawline and neck area. Patients that are bothered by the appearance of a ‘turkey neck’ may benefit more from a skin-tightening treatment such as Thermage. Depending on the degree of skin laxity, a surgical neck lift procedure may be recommended. The best way to determine whether you are a better candidate for a surgical neck lift or a non-surgical neck lift to eliminate the appearance of a turkey neck is by consulting with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in NYC.

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Skincare for Neck Rejuvenation

Skincare for the neck area is just as important as skincare for the face. The neck area is often exposed, making it highly susceptible to sun damage and subsequently, premature signs of aging. In addition, the neck skin is relatively thin compared to other areas of the body and has less collagen to begin with. Topical skincare products that include retinol, hyaluronic acid, and peptides are among the most beneficial for the neck area. Retinol is a skincare ingredient derived from vitamin A that accelerates the rate of skin cell turnover, improving both skin tone and skin texture. Hyaluronic acid is another active ingredient that is beneficial for the delicate neck skin, as it supplies it with essential hydration and youthful suppleness. Peptides promote the generation of new collagen and elastin, proteins in the skin that provide it with structural support and elasticity. Patients can maximize the benefits of their anti-aging skincare routine by applying their products all the way down to the base of their necks, including a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30.

How can I get started with neck rejuvenation treatment today?

An aging neck can cause one to look and feel much older than they actually are. Due to the thinness of the neck skin, genetics, environmental assaults such as prolonged sun exposure, and lack of proper skincare, the neck area is very susceptible to developing the visible signs of aging. If you are frustrated by the appearance of loose skin, excess fat, neck bands, fine lines, and sun spots, and are interested in learning more about treatment options for neck rejuvenation, Dr. Green is here to help. Dr. Michele Green in New York City is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over 25 years of experience providing the best non-surgical options for rejuvenation available, including a non-surgical neck lift.

Dr. Green‘s dedication to her patients and expertise is well-reflected by the fact that she is consistently voted as one of the best dermatologists in NYC by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, The New York Times, and Super Doctors. When you consult with Dr. Green at her private dermatology office in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan for neck rejuvenation, she will help you determine whether you are a better candidate for a neck lift surgery or a non-surgical neck lift procedure. If you are a good candidate for a non-surgical neck lift, Dr. Green will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that incorporates the in-office cosmetic procedures and specially formulated skincare products that are best suited to addressing your specific concerns and achieving your ideal aesthetic results. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Michele Green please contact us online or call the New York City-based office at 212-535-3088 today.

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