Sagging Skin

Sagging skin in the lower face and neck is a natural part of the aging process.

Why treat sagging skin of the face and neck

Sagging of the lower face – or jowls – and thin, wrinkled skin on the neck are two of the most dramatic signs of age and aging skin.

What you need to know

The appearance of aging can manifest in several ways in the neck and lower face:

  • Loose skin: Commonly known as “turkey neck,” this occurs as skin loses its elasticity and in cases where individuals have lost a great deal of weight. Sagging is usually most apparent along the jowl line.
  • Fat: A pool of fat under the chin also can cause sagging and give the appearance of bloating.
  • Banding: As the muscles of the neck weaken with age, the vertical cords of tissue begin to stretch out of shape, causing unsightly bands around the neck.

Do's and Don'ts

Do...
  • Moisturize.
  • Apply sunscreen when outside.
  • Exercise jaw, neck and throat muscles.
Don't...
  • Smoke.
  • Tan.
  • Over-apply skin balms and ointments with harsh chemicals.

Sagging skin questions to ask a dermatologic surgeon

Sagging Skin Questionaire

  1. Which sagging skin procedure is the correct one for me? (What are the options?)
  2. What is the estimated cost of the procedure?
  3. How long is one appointment?
  4. How often will I need to receive treatments?
  5. How far apart are the treatments?
  6. What are the common side effects or complications associated with the procedure?
  7. How can I prepare for the treatment/procedure?
  8. Does the treatment hurt?
  9. What are my pain management and anesthesia options?
  10. How long is the recovery time associated with my procedure?
  11. Do you have before-and-after patient images to help to prepare me for what to expect?
  12. Will someone walk me through the process before going in for treatment?
  13. What are the risks?
  14. What should I expect after the procedure is performed? (i.e., short-term and long-term effects; activity restrictions; expected recovery period)

General questions to ask before sagging skin procedures

  1. Is a doctor on site?
  2. Is the doctor board-certified in dermatology or in another specialty with equivalent training and experience?
  3. Was my medical history taken?
  4. Was I given an initial evaluation to determine if the technique or procedure is appropriate for my skin type?
  5. Did the doctor show me before-and-after photos?