Your face might look good, but what about that neck? Most of us spend a lot of time taking very good care of our faces while neglecting our necks, making this overlooked area one of the first places to show our true age. The reasons aren’t difficult to pinpoint.
“The skin on the neck area produces less collagen, so it tends not to bounce back from the constant stretching and movement, causing the skin to sag,” says Dr. David E. Bank, Board Certified Dermatologist, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman’s Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age and the Founder & Director of The Center For Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mt. Kisco, NY. Dr. Bank also attributes it to fact that “the neck sees a lot of sun, which makes it prone to dryness, discoloration and wrinkling.” Another issue is that the neck has fewer oil glands to keep it naturally moisturized, and well, then there’s the gravity thing.
TOSS THE TURTLENECK TIPS:
- Sunscreen is a must for everyone, especially those that are showing early signs of aging in the neck area. It can prevent future damage from occurring and help you maintain any progress you’ve made. Choose a broad spectrum sun protection of SPF30 or greater, and don’t forget to slather it generously from your chin to your decollete.
- Over-the-counter creams containing powerhouse anti-agers like vitamin C, peptides, and retinol can help turnaround skin tone and texture.
- In-office procedures like peels and lasers (particularly Fraxel and Candela VBeam Perfecta) can help soften skin, stimulate collagen and decrease the appearance of redness and age spots.
Now, your neck area can look Audrey Hepburn-esque without surgery. Here’s how you can make a difference:
BOTOX Cosmetic (Dysport or Xeomin) injections placed directly into the platysma muscle bands will relax muscles so wrinkling is softened temporarily. Treatment will need to be repeated in about 3-6 months to maintain the results. Cost – $500 and up per treatment
ThermiTight Injectable RF Treatment delivers skin tightening results in a single 1-2 hour session. Under local anesthesia, a small probe is inserted into the skin to deliver controlled radio frequency energy to target tissues causing shrinkage and tightening of the loose skin. You can expect some immediate results that continue to improve over time. A bit of redness and swelling afterwards is normal with little to no down time. Cost – $2,500 and up per treatment
Ultherapy uses deep ultrasound that bypasses the surface of the skin, delivering the energy specifically into the deep, structural tissues, stimulating the growth of new collagen to lift and tighten skin over time. You can expect results within 3 months and continued improvement up to 6 months. No anesthesia is required and there is no downtime. Cost – $3,500 and up per treatment
Liposuction can work nicely on the neck, chin and jowl areas to remove small amounts of fat. For many, it’s can be a wonderful alternative to a more invasive neck tuning procedure, mainly in younger women. Dr. Bank says “a common misconception is that the skin will sag after liposuction but I’ve found the opposite to be true. Skin tends to retract and re-drape nicely once the bulky fat, which has pushed the skin out and away from bones and muscles, is removed.” Cost – $2,500 and up per treatment
TOPICAL NECK REJUVENATORS
Clinique Repairwear Sculpting Night Cream ($65) is a richly hydrating cream intended to be applied every night to the face, neck and chest areas for maximum effects. By using it an night, your skin has about 8 hours to enjoy the benefits of this potent anti-ager that repairs environmental damage and boosts collagen.
Marini Juveneck ($85) is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, refine skin texture and boost hydration for a visibly rejuvenated neck. The paraben-free formula lifts and firms, brightens and smooths, soothes and moisturizes.
ZO Skin Health Ommerse Renewal Creme ($100) is formulated with encapsulated retinol to help build collagen, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and other potent ingredients to restore, repair and prevent future damage.
SkinCeuticals Neck, Chest & Hand Repair ($70) contains brightening and plumping agents so skin looks healthier, more even-toned, firmer and younger. Hydroxyphenoxy propionic acid reduces hyper pigmentation and inhibits melanin transfer, for brighter and more even-toned skin and sodium tetrahydro-jasmonate and vigna aconitifolia seed extract promote cell renewal and collagen synthesis so skin is firmer.