Preventing neck sagging and crinkling begins with an antioxidant diet rich in Vitamins A, C and E from fruits and vegetables. Supplementing with multivitamins, minerals, omega fish oils with a high EPA concentration, and Vitamin K also prove beneficial. Keep the skin supple with hydration, drinking at least eight glasses of purified water daily.
The skin of your neck is just as delicate as the skin on your face, sometimes more fragile. The sun hits directly on the neck and has a skin-thinning effect by destroying the collagen. This delicate area must be treated with tender loving care. The basic steps to healthy skin care certainly apply here.
Cleanse with a gentle alcohol-free cleanser using upward and outward strokes.
Exfoliation improves cell regeneration of the neck skin. Use microdermabrasion products, as well as glycolic and lactic acids.
Moisturize with a preservative-free serum or cream containing hyaluronic, squalene, lipids and/or vitamin E. A clear moisturizer that you can see through usually has no added chemicals.
Anti-Age with serums containing retinoids, Vitamin C, resveratrol, placenta growth factors and protein peptides.
Sun exposure and damage accelerate neck wrinkling, apply sunscreen with a SPF 30 or greater with zinc oxide or titanium oxide ingredients daily to prevent future degradation, also wear scarves or collared blouses for added protection. Exercise is great for the body and for lifting the neck skin. A simple pose for improvement- look up at the ceiling and open and close the mouth 20 times morning and evening.
Sometimes treatment for neck aging requires more than topical skin products, exercise, diet and hydration. Fortunately, this inevitable damage is treatable in a number of nonsurgical ways.
Botox is used to address the neck bands and lines. It relaxes the platysma muscle bands which are between the chin and collar bone. A very pleasing relaxation of the taut muscles improves the appearance dramatically.
Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a rebirth of the mesotherapy procedure with phosphatidyl choline/deoxycholate from the early 2000’s. The branded version of this old generic drug is called Kybella and was FDA approved in 2015. Kybella, (deoxycholic acid), dissolves fat and has been accepted as an injectable procedure to dissolve superficial chin fat, or double chin, which is the fat between the skin and muscle. Patients usually need three to five treatments, which are spaced a month apart.
Photodynamic Therapy, (PDT), is a combination chemical treatment and laser peel which uses light and laser to activate the acid solution. The acid solution is applied to the neck skin. Only sun damaged and aged cells absorb the special acid solution which begins to incubate in the neck tissues. An IPL/ BBL light laser and/or Blue light therapy then activates the solution. With PDT, we see pore sizes diminish, discolorations vanish, and healthy, young-appearing skin blooms. There is about three to six days downtime with redness and peeling.
Lasers such as Radiofrequency (RF), Radiofrequency Needling (RFN) and Intense Pulse Light (IPL or BBL) are wonderful options to turn back the sands of time for the delicate neck chin areas. We typically see tightening, decrease in wrinkling and remission of brown discolorations with multiple sessions. The study “Forever Young” by Dr. Patrick Bitter documented that IPL/BBL light lasers rebuild collagen and elastin maintaining beautiful skin.
Some clients lose skin elasticity faster than others due to poor genetic reasons and others from a poor diet, lack of skin regimen and negligence of sunscreen. To recover aged neck skin tightening, sculpting and redefining the neck can be accomplished through many non-surgical procedures. A combination of treatment options often gives the best various results. Consult a physician well versed in aesthetics for a customized plan.
Dr. Kelly Gilthorpe Burkenstock is a longstanding member of the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatologists and has studied abroad with several of the world’s foremost international luminaries. She has locations in Metairie and Mandeville.