Neck Lift in the Male Patient
Men Feel Bad About Their Necks Too
Not long ago, Nora Ephron wrote the book, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman; the world responded and the book skyrocketed to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Well, it turns out, women aren’t the only ones who hate their necks when they get older. For some men, they share the angst about the dreaded “turkey gobbler” reflected back in the mirror.
This unwelcome gobbler is caused by either excess skin, unwanted fat or a combination of both. The different causes require different treatments. Since most men and women want minimal recovery time, there are many treatments that can be individualized based on how aggressive a patient wants to be and how much recovery come they’re willing to endure.
Patients can choose from the following treatments:
- Liposuction: this is for the individual with only excess fat and minimal loose skin
- I-Guide suspension with or without liposuction: this is for someone with some excess fat and skin, but not an extreme amount. This can be very effective in the correct patient and the recovery time is just a couple of days.
- Lower face-lift: This is an option for those who have too much excess skin for any of the above procedures. This procedure can be done under local anesthesia and some sedation or a light general anesthesia is required.
- Direct excision: this is simply a surgical procedure to remove the loose skin from the front of the neck. It leaves a vertical scar, but if done with skill, it’s fairly inconspicuous. This is usually done in combination with some liposuction.
The I-Guide is the latest innovation in neck lifts, and the results are excellent for the right candidate, which are most candidates actually. I expect this to be one of the most common procedures in the future, especially in the male patient.
In addition, it can be added to a short scar, limited face-lift for those who want to get back to work as soon as possible.
Please feel free to call for a complimentary consultation to evaluate your specific problems and we’ll create a customized approach for you.
E. Ronald Finger, MD