One of the first areas on the body to show significant signs of aging is the neck. Even with a good skin care routine, the skin around the neck can gradually become looser, ruining the neck’s contours and sometimes creating a turkey-like wattle. At Enhance® Medical Center, our world-class team led by Charles S. Lee, MD, sees many patients who want to make cosmetic improvements to their necks.
For some, platysmaplasty (aka neck lift) is the best treatment plan. For others, especially those who notice premature aging on the neck that does not correspond with the appearance of the rest of the face, surgery is not necessary to produce amazing results. In this blog, our experts review some of the procedures that can tighten the skin on the neck.
Since skin sagging is related to a decline in collagen production that occurs with aging. Ultherapy is a painless, non-invasive treatment that addresses this problem by stimulating the production of new collagen, in turn gradually tightening the skin. It takes a couple months for the benefits of Ultherapy to peak, but these results can last for up to one year.
Microneedling is another treatment that boosts collagen production. This minimally invasive treatment uses a series of miniature needles to make virtually indetectable wounds that trigger new collagen. In the weeks and months to follow, this surge in collagen slowly tightens the skin around the neck for improved texture and contours. At Enhance® Medical Center, we use Vivace microneedling, which is advanced technology that incorporates radiofrequency energy to further increase the amount of collagen produced.
Another reason that loose skin forms around the neck is that platysmal bands have loosened. Strategic injections of Botox (or another type of botulinum toxin like Dysport) can tighten these vertical neck bands so that the skin drapes more attractively along the neck. Injectable treatments are also an effective solution for lines and creases on the neck.
Rather than surgically removing loose skin to rejuvenate the appearance of the neck, thread lift uses a medical grade thread to pull up the skin and provide a “lifted” appearance. The results from thread lift last about 18 months, but it can be repeated many times, and the minimal downtime is especially appealing. Better still, the thread has small barbs which create miniature wounds in the dermis to stimulate collagen production.
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Not every cosmetic problem requires a surgical solution. When it comes to loose neck skin specifically, Enhance® Medical Center offers multiple potential solutions. Come visit our experts for a consultation to determine which solution is the right approach for you. Please call (310) 271-5954.