Lawrence Tong, MD of Yorkville Institute of Plastic Surgery details both surgical and non-surgical techniques that can help patients improve the appearance of the neck region.
Toronto, Ontario — “Neck rejuvenation is one of the more dramatic enhancements that can be accomplished with cosmetic surgery,” states Dr. Lawrence Tong, a board certified plastic surgeon in Toronto. “The presence of loose skin, platysmal banding, and fat accumulation of the neck is a central element in the perception of age. In addition, a full looking neck due to fat accumulation can make a person look much heavier than they actually are. As a result, correction of an aging or a full neck can make a very significant improvement in the appropriate candidate.”
At Yorkville Institute of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Tong offers patients the following three options for improving the appearance of the neck region:
- BOTOX® injections
- Liposuction of the neck and chin
- Neck lift surgery (and its variants)
“BOTOX® injections should generally be thought of as a non-surgical method to improve the appearance of platysmal bands,” notes the Toronto plastic surgeon. While this treatment modality has its advantages – such as a shorter procedure, no downtime, and a lower cost – he explains that the results are not permanent and generally do not replace results that can be achieved with surgical correction.
Chin and neck liposuction is also an excellent option for neck rejuvenation, Dr. Tong says, though the procedure is principally limited to removing fatty tissues. Consequently, he adds, liposuction alone may not produce optimal outcomes if the patient has loose, excess skin present in addition to fat.
For the most comprehensive rejuvenation of the neck region, Dr. Tong often recommends neck lift surgery, or one of its variations. Depending on their specific needs, he says patients may be candidates for a mini neck lift, traditional neck lift, or extended neck lift. Both the “mini” and “extended” approaches are variations of the traditional neck lift, which consists of lifting drooping skin, tightening lax muscles, and eliminating fat via liposuction for a slimmer, more youthful appearance, Dr. Tong notes. The mini neck lift is essentially a traditional neck lift without any skin tightening, he explains, and the extended neck lift expands on the “traditional” technique by addressing the jawline and lower face in addition to the neck.
Ultimately, Dr. Tong says the variety of surgical and non-surgical options available for neck rejuvenation enable the treatment to be customized for each individual’s unique needs and goals. For anyone interested in improving the appearance of their neck region, he encourages patients to seek a board certified plastic surgeon to ensure they receive the safest, most effective care.
About Lawrence Tong, MD, FACS, FRCSC
After obtaining his medical degree from the University of Toronto, Dr. Tong completed his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training at the University of Michigan Medical Center located in Ann Arbor, MI. He is board certified in Plastic Surgery by both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is distinguished as one of few Canadian plastic surgeons who have dual-country board certification and practice experience in America. Dr. Tong is available for interview upon request.
To learn more, visit myplasticsurgerytoronto.com and plus.google.com/+LawrenceTongMD/about.
Yorkville Institute of Plastic Surgery
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