Nora Ephron once wrote, “Anything you think is wrong with your body at the age of thirty-five you will be nostalgic for at the age of forty-five.” This is particularly true of our necks. There’s a muscular structure known as the platysmal bands that connects your collarbone to your chin; as we get older, these muscles lose tone and begin to sag. Platysmal bands are also known as neck bands, and they’re responsible for the wrinkles and folds in the neck skin that can add years to your appearance. In addition, fat deposits and gravity can take a toll on the area under the chin, making the skin sag and giving a bloated appearance affectionately known as “turkey neck”.
There’s a genetic component to how quickly you lose the elasticity in our skin as well; if your mother, grandmother or other relatives struggled with neck bands or pronounced sagging skin in that area, chances are you will too. However, we now have access to innovative beauty treatments previous generations never dreamed of.
No Turtleneck Required: 3 Beauty Treatments for a More Youthful Neck
Botox is truly turning out to be a great option for a number of problem areas, including the neck. This injectable treatment has so many uses when it comes to creating a smooth, youthful complexion. Many people are familiar with the use of Botox to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and in the forehead; now this same effective treatment is available for mild to moderate creases and folds that look like horizontal or vertical lines across the neck.
Thermage harnesses the power of radiofrequency energy to smooth and tighten skin in the neck and chin area. Thermage is an extremely popular treatment in Westchester county, as it naturally stimulates the collagen-producing structures in the body, creating a taut, youthful look that lasts. If you’ve undergone a significant weight change, Thermage is often the minimally-invasive treatment of choice to address sagging skin with little to no downtime.
The Neck Lift is the treatment option for moderate to pronounced folds and/or loose skin in the neck. This procedure is often performed in conjunction with liposuction used to remove accumulated fat from the under-chin area. As such, you’ll want to choose the most expert, experienced Westchester cosmetic surgeon to perform a neck lift. After having a neck lift procedure, your physician will recommend the wearing of a garment for several days to speed healing; for most patients, this means only about a week of recovery time! To find out more about whether a neck lift is right for you, schedule a consultation with a SkinCenter board certified plastic surgeon.
Brand new options for the neck are being made available all the time. Tune in next time for a discussion of the pros and cons of newly available treatments.