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09-12-18 | Posted by

Now that summer is over, Fall is an ideal time to consider having a little work done.

Thanks to astute clinical observations and investigation, we know that cheeks and lips both lose volume as we age, our necks are subject to “tech neck” – drooping jowls, sagging skin, and creases around your chin and neck area – and both men and women desire facial “tune-ups” to keep them feeling and looking their best. Patients are turning to facial plastic surgeons in droves for cosmetic and surgical procedures to age gracefully or beat the clock altogether.

Whether your facial plastic surgeon recommends soft tissue fillers, fat or BOTOX®, injectables can help erase fine lines and wrinkles and also add volume to the face. For patients of mine interested in a quick procedure with immediate results, I express that there is minimal downtime with injectables which allows my patients to get back to work and daily activities right away while looking and feeling younger and more refreshed.

In addition to the cheeks and lips, two of the most requested areas I treat are the neck/décolletage and the jawline. The skin of the neck tends to be thin, and looking down at your phone or laptop constantly can cause collagen and elastin to break down and lead to deep wrinkles and sagging. Often, my patients are looking for quick-fixes to avoid surgery. The neck area has been notoriously hard to treat without surgical intervention, but new non-invasive treatments like Kybella® injections and CoolSculpting® Cool-Mini are good options for many patients. These non-surgical techniques have made it much more realistic and accessible for us to get rid of the dreaded tech neck or double chin. Both these treatments can reduce the fat deposits under the chin without surgery or scars. I’ve seen a huge surge in both men and women asking about these procedures.

One of my signature procedures is the Cheek-Neck Lift which lifts the lower two-thirds of the face and neck. This procedure is ideal for those looking for a more extensive solution to tighten the contours of the jawline and neck. By lifting the soft tissues and repositioning them, we can deliver vibrant and youthful contours that refresh and rejuvenate the face.


Whether opting for surgical or non-surgical procedures, it’s important to select a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in procedures of the face, eyes, nose, and neck. Research providers and treatment information via trusted online sources (www.aafprs.org), review before/after images and don’t be afraid to ask tough questions about their background and credentials.

William H. Truswell, MD is a Facial Plastic Surgeon and President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. To learn more about the treatments he offers at his practice, visit truswellplasticsurg.com

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