woman3A beautiful neck is an important part of a youthful physical appearance. A young-appearing neck has good skin texture and elasticity and well-defined jawline and angle between the chin and neck. The skin on our neck is among the most neglected on our bodies. The sun, not chronological aging, is directly responsible for about 90 percent of the wrinkles and other skin problems . Many people who never go outside without putting sunscreen on their face will often forget to put the sunscreen on their neck as well. When the neck is left untreated, there is a sharp dividing line between the rejuvenated face and the aged neck. Like facial wrinkles, neck wrinkles occur due to a loss of skin elasticity, associated with the natural aging process. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to prevent neck wrinkles. Put sunscreen on your neck every day. The sun’s rays can damage your skin and lead to wrinkles, even on overcast or rainy days. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF rating and cover your entire neck with it. Reapply it often if you’re outside for long periods of time. Hydrate your skin. Wrinkles and fine lines are more apparent on parched skin so you should apply a moisturizer to your neck daily. Choose one that is appropriate for the skin there. You may find that your neck skin requires a richer moisturizer than your face does.
Until recently, the only treatment options people had to rejuvenate their neck involved some kind of invasive surgical procedures which carried with them prolonged recuperation times and sometimes unacceptable risks. With innovations in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, there are now methods of improving most of these without resorting to plastic surgery. A variety of treatments are available for people interested in improving the appearance of the neck. They can be used alone or in combination depending on your needs and goals.

BOTULOTOXIN INJECTIONS

As we age, the skin on our neck area loses elasticity which can cause the muscles running from under the chin down the neck to become very visible. This is called platysmal banding and is caused when the vertical muscles located in your neck are over active. This becomes increasingly prominent with continuing loss of elasticity in the neck. This problem can be corrected using Botulinum Toxin, which is injected into various points in the jaw line and neck. Botox effectively softens or eliminate platysmal bands (especially in patients who have elastic skin) and can help reduce some of the pull on the lower face by creating a slight lift. The use of botulinum toxin for cosmetically restoring an aging neck is a simple procedure that has great patient satisfaction. It is also a safe and effective therapeutic modality for any patient desiring rejuvenation of his or her neck, but who at the same time does not desire any recuperation time or is unwilling to undertake the potential risks associated with plastic surgery.

DERMAL FILLERS

The jowls are areas of fullness along the jawline that tend to increase with age. The straight, strong jawline of youth is gradually replaced by the soft, irregular jawline of the aging face. It is thought that jowls result from the combination of muscle, skin and fat that all begin to sag with age. There are several ways to treat the jowls, both surgical and non-surgical. Surgical options include mainly facelifting and liposuction. During a facelift, the facial soft tissues are pulled upward and backward, thereby raising the jowls upward above the jawline so that they don’t hang over the jawline. Liposuction, which actually removes some of the jowls, can be performed in conjunction with a facelift or it can be performed as a stand-alone procedure. Another surgical option is a facial implant. The implant minimizes the jowl by filling out the depression that forms in front of the jowl. With this implant, the jowl is not repositioned or removed, it is simply camouflaged. Any filler can be used but Radiesse is becoming more and more popular to treat jowling. The filler is placed in the pre-jowl area in order to camouflage the jowl, similar to the pre-jowl implant.

LASER

Laser technology and technique has advanced tremendously in the derma-medical field, and there are a wide number of laser-treatment options available. Laser treatment is highly effective for reducing lines and wrinkles, as well as skin discoloration, but various options offer different benefits and drawbacks.Laser resurfacing approaches the entire surface skin layer, using thermal (heat) energy to dissolve old, abnormal skin cells, and ultimately yield smoother, more even skin. Fractional lasers target only specific “problem” areas. Llaser neck lift does not require an invasive surgical procedure, but still manages to produce good result within just few hours of the treatment. While laser treatment is a quick and fast method of anti aging neck treatment, a person should have daily regimen to take care of the skin. IPL Because the neck and upper chest are often forgotten when applying sunscreen, over the years these areas undergo changes due to chronic sun damage. There is even a name for this particular condition – Poikiloderma of Civatte. These changes include: • Thinning of the skin, with increased tenderness and sensitivity, often making it more difficult to wear jewelry or clothing that closely hugs the neck • Irregular dark patches of the neck and chest skin • Dilated blood vessels that give the neck a chronically red appearance. IPL treatments can help improve all of these. IPL treats the damaged superficial layer of the skin, while delivering thermal energy to deeper tissue. Clinical studies have shown a significant positive effect IPL energy has on collagen production, which helps firm and tighten the skin. During this process, collagen production is stimulated, rejuvenating the skin and filling in fine lines and indentations. As new collagen forms, it produces a tightening and firming effect that helps to strengthen the skin and make it more resilient. The result is healthier, younger looking skin.

HYDRATION

1. Hyaluronic acid is a natural and essential constituent of the skin’s extra-cellular matrix. It is therefore very well tolerated once injected. 2. Hyaluronic acid has a strong capacity to capture and retain water in its microenvironment. When injected, it therefore leads to a powerful and prolonged hydrating effect. 3. Hyaluronic acid stimulates non-active fibroblasts to produce new collagen. This collagen will restructure the skin tissues and optimize its qualities, in particular its elasticity, and texture. 4. Hyaluronic acid brings volume to skin tissues. With age, our cells’ own production of hyaluronic acid decreases, resulting in a loss of skin structure, volume and plumpness. Wrinkles and cavities begin to appear and folds start deepening. Hyaluronic acid injections allow a restructuring of facial features and skin, while filling wrinkles and folds.