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Nora Ephron’s terrific book title, “I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman” (Knopf) says it all. One thing every woman expects is that at some point, she will hate her neck.

(HealthNewsDigest.com) -The concept of a beautiful neck conjures up images of Nefertiti, Audrey Hepburn, and Iman. A beautiful neck has a graceful contour, good definition, and a balanced profile. It is the ideal balance of enough fat not to look skeletal, without any bulges or pockets of fat that spoil the desirable contour. A very thin neck will expose the muscles in the front of the neck, other irregularities and prominent glands.

“Over time, your muscles loosen up and drop underneath the skin. The neck lift procedure I favor addresses the deeper tissues by going under the muscle to slide it backwards into the original more youthful position. Once the deeper tissues are lifted, the excess skin is removed for a better contour, and better definition along the jawline and neck, not tightness,” says New York Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sam Rizk (www.drsamrizk.com).

The estrogen slump in the first five years post-menopause weakens the collagen and causes slackening so your neck may begin to get crepey. Some women may need a necklift as early as the late 30s, whereas others look tight and firm well into their 40s and beyond. If a thick, full neck and/or small chin run in your family, it can be hard to escape your genes. Liposuction of the neck can be performed anytime, whereas surgical lifts of the lower face and neck are more commonly done in the 40s and 50s. Neck rejuvenation is about enhancing what nature gave you and repairing what time inevitably has taken away. According to Dr. David M. Shafer, a Manhattan Plastic Surgeon (www.shaferplasticsurgery.com), “SmartLipo for the neck is very effective, as the laser component assists with skin tightening. It can be used as a standalone procedure for women and men who do not have excessive skin laxity or are not ready for a facelift or necklift .”

Another aspect of creating a great neck is the placement of a chin implant to add support and definition. As the face loses fat with age, the chin also tends to drop. When the fat pad in front of the chin begins to droop, the chin may become flat and loses its crease, which makes it harder to see where the chin ends and the neck begins. This can be corrected with the insertion of a chin implant, as well as liposuction below the chin. When combined with a necklift to address skin laxity and muscle atrophy, the result is tighter, more defined neck area. Finally, Botox® is also helpful for softening neck muscle bands that can make your neck look older. Botox® Cosmetic or Dysport® injections can be used off label to help restore some tightness to the neck and reduce the visibility of muscle cords if you’re not yet ready for surgery.

Don’t assume that your face stops at your chin; use anti-aging creams on your neck and décolleté and always wear sunscreen. Neck skin is thin and delicate and has fewer oil glands so it needs constant hydration and extra care. Retinols and peptides can help keep the delicate skin of the neck soft, firm and supple. Clarins Advanced Extra-Firming Neck Cream has a silky texture disappears into skin instantly, and Lancome Rénergie Microlift Neck R.A.R.E. ™ Superior Lifting Neck Cream helps fight the inevitable forces of gravity.

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