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Aging Neck

Skin on the neck ages and deteriorates with sun exposure, genetic tendency, and weight gain. The skin becomes slack and forms unwanted horizontal wrinkles. Fibers of Platysma, the flat superficial muscle under-draping the skin of the neck, tightens and separates into fibrous vertical bands popularly called “turkey bands”.

As bone volume is lost with aging, the Mandible (lower jaw) shortens. This loss of supporting framework causes skin from lower face and under-chin to descend and hang as if it were redundant, causing the “turkey neck” appearance that most people wish to avoid.
Until recently the only option for rejuvenation of the neck and face jowls was through surgical treatments. While surgery is very effective in improving the appearance of the neck when the changes of aging are advanced, the surgical risks and discomfort of recuperative period are not warranted in early stages, when signs of aging are beginning to appear. Fortunately, there are a number of non-surgical options also available for both the early stages of neck aging, as well as for improving skin quality after surgery in more advanced cases.

What Treatments are Available?

There are a number of treatment options available for an aging neck:

BOTOX
Botox is an amazing option for treating the aging neck. It is very beneficial for people in the early stage of degenerative changes as well as for those who would like to delay surgery.

PHOTOREJUVENATION – IPL and BBL
Photo Rejuvenation (Photo Facial) is a cosmetic treatment designed to produce younger and healthier-looking skin.

As we age, most of us begin to see visible signs of sun damage, time, and lifestyle choices appearing in our complexion. Photo damage of the neck and front part of the chest is manifested by freckles, Rosacea, wrinkles, broken capillaries, dark spots, irregular blotchy skin color and uneven pigmentation. With the use of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) and Broad Band Light (BBL™) technology, dramatic improvements are accomplished. BBL is an excellent option for improving texture, tone, and color with little or no “downtime” and with very minimal discomfort.

ACCENT (RF)
This procedure uses unipolar and bipolar RF Thermotherapy to stimulate the production of new collagen and improve skin surface texture. Treatments using the Accent system are usually fast and do not require a prolonged recuperating time. The sensation is most often described as a “warm massage.” The risk of complications is extremely low. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately. Improvement evolves as new collagen is produced, with excellent, long-term skin tightening results.

What are the Stages of an aging neck?

Stages of Aging Neck STAGE I STAGE II STAGE III STAGE IV
Signs
Skin Laxity None Mild Moderate Severe
Horizontal wrinkles Subtle Mild Moderate Deep
Platysmal Bands Only with neck contraction Thin Moderate Severe
Jowls No Minimal Moderate Prominent: Loss of mandibular contour
Sub-mental fat pads No No Visible Dropping chin

What are the Treatments of an aging neck?

Stages of Aging Neck STAGE I STAGE II STAGE III STAGE IV
Skin Quality Treatments

  • Photorejuvenation
  • Chemical Peels
  • Mesotherapy
  • Creams/Skin care products
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Botox ™ Cosmetic Yes Yes Yes Usually too late
Skin/tissue Tightening

  • RF
  • ST-BBL
  • Ultrasound
Preventative benefit Yes Yes Yes
Lipodisolve No No If indicated If indicated
Surgery No No Yes Yes

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