Botox is a non-surgical procedure used to treat forehead creases, frown lines and other visible signs of aging in the face. It also addresses neck wrinkles that occur for a number of reasons, including:
- Sun Exposure: The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays break down collagen and elastin in the skin over time, resulting in neck lines and wrinkles.
- Weight Fluctuations: Weight loss or gain sometimes causes neck skin to expand, leading to sagging neck skin.
- Side Sleeping: When sleeping on his or her side, a person puts pressure on the skin against a pillow; this increases the risk of neck wrinkles.
- Genetics: Individuals who are genetically predisposed to skin laxity are more susceptible than others to neck wrinkles.
During a Botox procedure, small, subcutaneous injections are made into the neck skin. Botox temporarily paralyzes the neck muscles and tightens the neck skin. Then, the initial results of Botox for neck wrinkles become visible within about 3 – 7 days of treatment.
Is Botox for Neck Wrinkles Effective?
At the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh performs Botox procedures to treat neck wrinkles. Dr. Azizzadeh believes in customizing each Botox treatment for his patient. That way, a patient can use Botox injections to correct neck wrinkles and other visible signs of aging in his or her face.
Dr. Azizzadeh is dual-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and head and neck surgery (otolaryngology). His unique expertise allows him to tailor each Botox procedure to his patient, and ultimately, deliver the best-possible treatment results.
Dr. Azizzadeh’s goal is to help a patient achieve facial harmony and a beautiful, natural-looking facial appearance. Before a Botox procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh evaluates each aspect of a patient’s face. He then crafts a plan to erase neck wrinkles, sagging skin and other visible signs of aging.
In some instances, Dr. Azizzadeh recommends Botox to treat neck wrinkles. Or, Dr. Azizzadeh sometimes recommends using Botox in conjunction with facial fillers, such as:
- Restylane: Treats moderate to severe facial folds and enhances facial volume and fullness.
- Juvederm: Corrects moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles.
- Sculptra: Promotes collagen growth and addresses facial folds and wrinkles.
Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh prepares each patient for a Botox treatment. He educates a patient about Botox for neck wrinkles, explains how the procedure is performed and responds to a patient’s treatment concerns and questions. He also monitors a patient’s recovery after a Botox procedure to ensure this individual can maximize his or her treatment results.
How Does Botox for Neck Wrinkles Differ from a Neck Lift Procedure?
Botox and neck lift treatments are available to address neck wrinkles. Yet choosing between the two procedures is sometimes difficult.
With Botox, an individual can enjoy a short-term facial rejuvenation procedure. A Botox procedure usually requires just a few minutes to complete. Plus, Botox side effects are minimal, and treatment results generally last three to six months.
A neck lift is a surgical procedure that treats excess skin and muscle laxity on the neck. It is commonly used to address one or more of the following neck skin issues:
- Fat deposits and buildup
- Muscle laxity
- Skin laxity
- Sub-muscular laxity
Neck lift surgery simultaneously removes excess skin and fat from under the chin and tightens facial muscles. It also enhances the jawline and produces a revitalized facial appearance.
Like a Botox procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh crafts a personalized neck lift treatment plan for his patient. Dr. Azizzadeh conducts a comprehensive patient evaluation prior to performing a neck lift. Next, he uses one of the following techniques to complete a neck lift: skin-SMAS-platysma lift or platysmaplasty.
A skin-SMAS-platysma lift involves lifting and tightening the neck and throat skin. This produces a more toned appearance.
Comparatively, a platysmaplasty tightens the platysma muscles, i.e. underlying muscles in the neck. It corrects unwanted bands and repositions fat in the neck, leading to a more youthful-looking neckline.
Which Neck Wrinkle Treatment Is Right for You: Botox or a Neck Lift?
The right neck wrinkle treatment varies based on the patient. To help individuals decide between Botox or a neck lift, Dr. Azizzadeh offers a consultation.
A consultation provides a learning experience for both Dr. Azizzadeh and his patient. At this time, Dr. Azizzadeh analyzes a patient, reviews his or her medical history and finds out why this individual is considering a neck wrinkle treatment. At the same time, Dr. Azizzadeh teaches a patient about different neck wrinkle procedures. He then creates a neck wrinkle treatment plan and helps a patient establish realistic treatment goals.
Dr. Azizzadeh is committed to patient care, and he does everything possible to help each patient revitalize his or her facial appearance. He offers expert guidance at each stage of a Botox or neck lift procedure. Dr. Azizzadeh even requests follow-up appointments to ensure a Botox or neck lift patient seamlessly recovers after treatment.
For those who are considering a Botox or neck lift procedure to address neck wrinkles, Dr. Azizzadeh can provide insights into both treatments. To set up a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us today at 310-657-2203.