They say that the neck can ‘give someone’s age away’. You can have the most beautiful, youthful skin on your face, but are you giving your neck the attention it needs? We don’t want a line-free, rejuvenated face with a severely aged neck now do we?! The skin on our neck is thin and is exposed to the sun a lot which means (sadly) it can often show signs of ageing sooner than other parts of the body.
As always, I come bearing good news… There are steps you can take in preventing and addressing neck wrinkles and sagging also known as the dreaded ‘turkey neck’, from skincare to aesthetic procedures and treatments.
Why does my neck age?
The dermis (the layer within the skin that contains collagen) is very thin in the neck, making it more prone to ageing compared to other parts of the body. A lack of sunscreen application may be to blame as well. Generally, we are all great at applying our SPF to our faces, but can you honestly say you apply your SPF to your neck on a daily basis too…?! It’s an area that often gets forgotten about (until we notice the signs of ageing!). Cumulative sun exposure over a lifetime has always been the main culprit of premature ageing on the neck.
Not only that, but our mobile phones aren’t helping either. Between sun exposure and the addition of looking at our phones repeatedly, we are seeing neck changes even earlier. Dark spots, hyperpigmentation and other signs of premature ageing can be caused by the radiation that our phones give off. Mobile phones emit radiation shown in mice models that can cause oxidative stress to the skin structures.
Tell me about the treatments
Like any signs of ageing, the long-term goal when reversing sagging is to improve skin laxity and increase collagen production.
When considering a neck rejuvenation, there are a few treatment options that can restore lost volume, rejuvenate the skin and maintain a youthful neck. The best treatment option will be determined by your concern and will be discussed fully during your consultation, but here is an overview:
- Dermal Fillers – These can be injected directly into a line or wrinkle to fill and plump. When placed correctly, dermal fillers can also offer a lifting effect.
- Ellanse (Collagen Stimulators) – These can be injected in a similar way to dermal fillers to treat fine lines and wrinkles but you get the added benefit of triggering the body’s natural collagen production. This can have a beneficial effect on the appearance and density of the skin.
- Profhilo – This will improve the appearance of thin, crepey skin and will also gently trigger the body’s collagen production.
- Mesotherapy – Much like an injectable moisturiser, mesotherapy can rejuvenate the surface of the skin.
- Anti-ageing Injections (Nefertiti lift) – By injecting small amounts of anti-wrinkle product into the depressors of the lower face, the downward pull of these muscles can be reduced by relaxing them and therefore create a subtle lifting effect.
You will see immediate results from treatment with dermal filler or collagen stimulators. If you have had anti-ageing injections, Profhilo or Mesotherapy, your results will take a little longer to develop, usually a few weeks.
So many options... Which one is the right treatment for me?
As with all treatments, the consultation is an imperative part of any procedure and during this time, you will be able to discuss which treatment might be best suited to you. In many cases, a combination approach might be best. It might be that the neck needs to be treated with anti-ageing injections first to relax the muscles, and can be followed with a product like Ellanse to rejuvenate the appearance.
What should expect from treatment?
You can expect a fast, efficient and safe procedure. Whether you have dermal fillers, collagen stimulators, or anti-wrinkle treatment you can have your treatment done in a quick office visit that can even be performed over your lunch hour.
Since Anna uses microcannulas in most of the procedures, unlike needles their blunt tip ensures there is little to no risk of either compound entering the bloodstream. This significantly minimises your risk during treatment. This can also lead to less swelling and bruising which ensures a speedy recovery. You can immediately return to whatever your schedule has in store for you.
The longevity of results will vary depending on which treatment you have had. In general, however, dermal fillers can produce results which will last anywhere between 9 – 18 months and require periodic touch-ups, while collagen stimulators can produce results which can last much longer while producing results much more slowly. Treatment with Botox can produce results which will last anywhere between 3-6 months. More superficial injections such as Profhilo and Mesotherapy will generally require a course of treatment and more regular top-ups.
If you are interested in rejuvenating your hands (after all, they are on display all day, every day), please get in touch to book your Consultation with Anna. You can contact the clinic here or call 01793 959010.