If you find yourself hating your neck as you’ve gotten older, you are not alone.The neck is a body part that few people younger than 30 or 40 spend much time thinking about, and yet for those 45 and over, there may be a noticeable difference in the quality, and sometimes quantity, of skin on the neck. Our neck is often neglected when we apply sunscreen or skincare products.
Fortunately, there are solutions to the problem of “turkey neck” or necks that have begun to lose some elasticity, firmness and skin tone. Turtlenecks and scarves are not the only answer to the problem. Hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and fine lines can be treated with skin care products such as vitamin C serum and hydroquinone. It is important not to neglect your neck when you treat the rest of your face. Botox injections can help relax the part of the platysma that are responsible for the “band” appearance or look of fullness.
For those with mild skin laxity and wrinkles in the neck, there is now a new FDA approved, non-surgical option we are offering that is based on radio frequency called Exilis Elite. This treatment is done in the office and feels like a warm (to hot) massage. It typically requires 4-6 treatments to be maximally effective. Exilis uses focused high frequency technology to reduce wrinkles and build collagen with results that can be very effective. Ultherapy ultrasonic skin treatments have also proven effective in improving the quality of the neck skin. Both treatments may need to be repeated to be maximally effective.
For those seeking a longer-term solution, a platysmaplasty or necklift, is the surgical solution that can greatly reduce the excessive skin in the neck. If additional fat in the neck is a problem, this procedure may be combined with liposuction or Smartlipo to reduce the fat and tighten the neck. A neck lift is also commonly performed with a facelift or MACS lift. Fortunately, there are more options than ever before to help you keep your neck looking as good as the rest of your face.
If you are interested in finding out more about improving your neck, please call Dr. Steven Ringler today for a complimentary consultation to find out how we can help you achieve your goals for a beautiful neck.