The neck is an area that is often overlooked during many skincare routines. Premature aging is often noticeable in that area, especially if the facial area has been kept youthful and smooth with fillers and botox.
Loss of contour in the face and neck is due to a variety of factors. As we age, wrinkles appear as the skin becomes loose. Weight gain can cause fat to accumulate under the chin, and vertical neck bands will form from contracting these muscles. Sun exposure, genetics, gravity, environmental conditions, and stress also play a part in a sagging neckline.
Although surgery was traditionally the only way to rejuvenate the neck, these days, less-invasive options exist. It’s now easier than ever to improve the neck’s appearance and treat the signs of aging. Read on to learn how to rejuvenate the neck area beyond cosmetic surgery.
It is never too early to treat signs of aging, and topical products make up the first line of defense. Skin will look older when it is dry and not properly moisturized, and dull from the lack of exfoliating. Maintaining a consistent skincare routine and applying quality products is essential to prevent premature aging of the face and neck. Choose products that contain growth factors to help repair and rebuild the skin’s integrity. Also, use products with peptides, antioxidants, and vitamins to keep your skin healthy and vibrant. Always apply sunscreen daily to prevent sun damage and premature aging of the neck.
Botox is an effective way to treat early muscular changes in the neck. Many people like this option because it provides them with noticeable results, no surgery, and no recovery time.
When Botox is injected into the neck muscle, it can help the appearance of lines around the neck look less conspicuous. Botox also softens the look of tight platysmal bands. Platysmal bands are two strips of muscles that start at the base of your neck and run up the sides of your neck to the jaw, into the area where frown lines are prominent. Platysma banding is also known as a “turkey neck”, which is more common in women than men. When Botox is injected into these bands, it tightens the lax muscles.
Injections take about 10 minutes and are typically recommended 3 or 4 times per year. Results from a Botox neck lift can last up to 4 months and, when maintained, can provide long-term anti-aging benefits.
Another great option that doesn’t involve surgery is lasers. Laser resurfacing is ideal for neck skin that is wrinkled from long term sun exposure and aging. It uses the energy from an intense beam of light to ‘wound’ thin layers of skin. As this resurfaced area heals, smoother, and tighter skin forms.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing is a treatment that can be used on the neck, chest, and hands to minimize wrinkles, sun damage, and age spots. CO2 laser resurfacing can effectively improve the skin texture, fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and overall tissue slackening.
Each treatment is tailored to the specific needs of the patient. The whole face can be resurfaced in approximately 15 minutes using a topical anesthetic and a cold air chiller.
Not everyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their neck needs neck lift surgery. If the concern is excess fat under the chin, this can be taken care of with a liposuction procedure. However, if there are loose, excess skin and muscle banding in the neck, then a neck lift may be the most appropriate choice.
A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that reduces the visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck. A neck lift procedure will improve the appearance of loose, sagging skin under the jawline and restore a youthful contour.
A neck-lift remains the best bet for a striking, lasting fix. During a surgical lower face and neck lift, the muscles of the lower face and neck are tightened, and the skin is redraped and sutured in place. The recovery time for a lower face and neck lift is typically two weeks.
Would you like to learn more about neck rejuvenation? The Marvel team can help you find the perfect procedure for you. Contact us today at 615-538-0399 to schedule your free consultation!