The neck is one of the many places we show signs of aging. If loose skin, sagging jowls or fat accumulation under your chin are shaking your self-confidence, there are several things you can do to achieve a more youthful-looking neckline.

Take a proactive approach to an aging neck, and you can go from jaw drooping to jaw dropping.

Neck lift surgery will produce the longest lasting and most noticeable improvements and is often combined with a facelift to simultaneously improve areas that are viewed as a unit.

Although gravity and time are inevitable, those who have undergone surgical neck rejuvenation set the clock back forever.

Incisions are hidden behind the ear and under the chin to address the structures of the neck, which include a weakened muscle, extra fat and skin. The result is a more youthful, well-defined profile.

There are other ways to improve your neck including the SkinTyte laser, a non-invasive treatment that works by safely heating the deeper layers of the neck skin, which respond by generating new collagen and tightened skin.

This procedure is done in the office with absolutely no pain and no downtime. The best results are seen after a series of four to six, 20-minute sessions.

Many patients are self-conscious about the vertical bands that begin to appear on the neck with age. People are often surprised to learn how quick and easy it can be to correct.

Botox can diminish those pesky platysmal neck bands by relaxing the muscles that create them. The best part? Botox takes only two to three days to kick in and, with no downtime, you can come in Monday and look fabulous in time for a weekend event.

It’s also important to perform routine maintenance on your neck to protect your investment and to prevent further damage. A luxurious and relaxing Neck and Décolleté HydraFacial cleanses, exfoliates and hydrates your skin all in one treatment.

It also infuses your skin with antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid to reduce the appearance of fine lines.

The goal of any neck procedure is to correct some of the most visible signs of aging. A plastic surgeon can examine your neck and recommend a treatment plan to meet your goals.

Say sayonara to sagging skin, and you will never have to cover up with scarves and turtlenecks again.

Dr. Audrey Klenke, the area’s only female plastic surgeon, is the owner of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery. She is a member of the medical staff at both Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital.