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Neck Lifts, Chin Implants and the Impact of Social Media

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Social media helps us keep in touch, gain information and enjoy an outlet for self-expression. But did you know it also seems to affect how we feel about and physically view ourselves?

In our practice, we’ve noticed more patients are requesting improvements to their profile–whether it’s their nose, chin or neck. And some of this interest appears to stem from the increasing popularity of social media venues like Facebook.

On social media, we’re seeing ourselves from all new angles. Cell phone cameras and Facebook posts picture us at events, in casual settings–and not always from the same head-on view as we typically see ourselves in the mirror. Most of the time, people see us at a partial profile, and today’s social media photos reflect that. These shots make their way through cyberspace in the blink of an eye, but the results can sometimes be very enlightening and surprising to the photo’s subjects.

“Do I really look like that? Is that me?” we may wonder.

So with people more aware of their profile and how it affects their overall look, neck lifts and chin implants are a popular solution to a more balanced face. With a personalized consultation and the right procedure plan, you can improve your profile and even help change how you feel about yourself—on- and offline.

A neck lift is one way, but while a neck lift can be performed as isolated procedure, that may not be right for everyone. There are many complex factors that contribute to a lack of balance in a profile. Sometimes it’s not just the shape of the neck but it’s a weak chin. For example, if a chin is recessed or weak, it can make the neck look more obtuse. For someone who has a loose or fatty area around the neck, that can make even an average chin look weak.

That’s why we analyze the face and educate the patient on the specific causes behind the areas that are troubling them.

We can address just the neck and adjust its angle by resculpting  using liposuction or resculpting through one small incision. If the chin is recessed, the chin can be improved at the same time through the same incision, with a small and subtle chin implant. This is a simple and very safe way to improve the overall balance of the face without an “operated upon look.”.

Most neck lift and chin augmentation procedures are done in under an hour, in a with local anesthesia and light sedation. Recovery is also quite quick. Patients can expect a little bruising  below the neckline which can easily be covered with clothing or makeup. There will be almost no bruising on the chin or upper neck. Patients can get back into their routine and the public eye after a few days to a week.

To schedule your private consultation to see how we can help you improve your profile, contact us at: (412) 687-2100.

To learn more about the specifics of chin augmentation, check out our past blog post by clicking here.