The neck starts to show signs of aging as a person gets older. Some of the visible signs of aging that can be seen on the neck include wrinkles, skin that droops, excess fat and neck bands. Patients that are tired of having a neck that is no longer contoured or youthful in appearance turn to neck tightening treatments that provide neck rejuvenation. There a number of loose neck skin treatment options available to patients that provides them with a younger and smoother appearance to the neck.
Neck Bands – The skin of the neck is thinner than other parts of the body and this continues to be true as a person ages. The aging process, combined with thin neck skin, can create neck muscle bands that are very prominent at the front of the neck and also under the chin. They can be lessened in appearance by the injection of small amounts of Botox or Dysport directly into the neck bands. The person that undergoes a skin tightening neck injection treatment will see the neck bands fade away which provides a better contour to the neck. Neurotoxins such as Botox and Dysport can also help to smooth the look of the horizontal lines that appear in the neck. Patients should be aware these neurotoxins do not provide permanent results so follow-up treatments will be necessary to maintain the results.
Jowls – Besides treating neck bands, Botox and Dysport can reduce the appearance of any jowls located on the lower face. The reduction of the jowls provides a smoother and more defined look to the neck and jawline. The neurotoxin is injected into the neck bands at the front of the neck or the neck bands located on the side of the neck. This treatment option is often recommended when the patient has good skin elasticity but not much fat in the targeted area of the neck. Patients will need follow-up treatments since the neurotoxins are a not a permanent solution.
Neck Creases – If a patient has neck skin that is lacking in elasticity, there is a good chance that neck creases will form as a person ages. They can also become deeper as a person continues to age. These neck creases can be reduced through the injection of fillers to add volume or the use of microneedling to stimulate collagen production. The neck creases are disrupted and new support structures start to form in the area that is being treated. The results are almost instantly visible. The results from fillers are not permanent but the results from microneedling are long lasting and can be considered permanent.
Patients that have skin that can be classified as droopy or sagging on the neck can turn to Thermage or Ultherapy to tighten the skin.
Kybella is a non-surgical injectable that targets fat under the chin and destroys it. The treatment only takes about 20 minutes to perform as the deoxycholic acid kills fat cells under the chin so they cannot store fat anymore. It usually takes two to four treatments to achieve the desired results. Patients will see the final results in four to six weeks. The fat under the chin will not return so the results are permanent.
Patients that want to tighten the skin on the neck to gain a more youthful appearance should schedule an appointment with a doctor that is experienced in performing any of the above treatments. The doctor will examine the skin of the patient to determine its current condition which allows the doctor to choose the best treatment for aging neck conditions to give the desired appearance to the neck.