An aging neck can play a big part in making a person’s face look older. Many women will carefully protect their faces or possibly undergone some sort of facial rejuvenation and yet their necks show signs of significant sun damage.
The aging neck & treatments
The neck is easily damaged by sun exposure as the skin is much thinner than it is on parts of the face and its support structure is not as effective. It therefore ages more readily as a result of skin surface damage. As fat is lost from under the neck skin unsightly strands and bands of skin and muscle, often known as turkey necks, appear. Another manifestation of aging neck skin is a double chin, which is an excessive collection of fat.
The neck is especially prone to sagging and deep lines as a result of genetics, dramatic weight loss, or sun damage.
In terms of lines, it can have both vertical and horizontal ones.
The vertical ones occur as the result of wear and tear from muscle contractions and so can be eased by Botox injections. The horizontal ones, on the other hand, are the result of sun damage and genetics and so are not good candidates for Botox.
The only thing that can truly help severe sagging there is a neck lift by a plastic surgeon. But proceed with caution as they are not always permanent and can offer varying results.
Botox can provide a satisfactory but temporary alternative. It can relax the cords or bans that protrude from the neck that tend to sag with age and pull the neck downward. Once they are eased, unopposed upward muscular movement raises the neck, giving it the appearance of it being somewhat lifted.
Rejuvenation treatment of the aging neck is a very specialized area and you must ensure that your practitioner is qualified. Some treatments to these areas can cause unpredictable problems such as scarring, skin lightening and skin redness. Treatments that are safe to use on the neck and chest include some chemical peels, photo rejuvenation and laser treatment for brown patches and red veins.
IPL can work to improve sun damage and superficial wrinkles. Titan or Thermage can be also used to tighten the skin and diminish wrinkles.
Sun protection for the neck
Always remember that your neck and upper chest will influence how youthful you look; it is vital that you do not forget to protect and treat them with sun protection and rejuvenating creams.
Don’t forget to moisturize your neck.
If you do not have a special neck cream, you could use a regular moisturizer, although some doctors may find that treatments that can be used on the face may either not be used at all on the neck and chest or have to be modified for safety reasons.
Retinoids will reduce wrinkles and crepey texture. Renova is the most gentle, so I recommend it for the tender skin of the neck.
See a dermatologist as soon as you notice textural changes, like crepeyness. The earlier it’s treated, the better.