After the face, the neck is the second commonest area that patients mention as an ageing feature. The media and cosmetic brands often report treatments available for the face, but few mention those available to treat the neck.
Like the face, with age the elasticity of the skin reduces as collagen and elastin levels decrease. Horizontal neck lines going across the neck area become more visible as the ability for the skin to recoil after movement reduces. Inevitably over time these necklines deepen and if exposed to the sun can be highlighted as the surrounding skin becomes darker.
Treatments which focus on stimulating collagen production will help improve the skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance of neck lines and wrinkles.
Skincare such as ZO Skin Health can help promote cell production which we know slows with age. As new cells are produced, collagen and elastin levels are boosted which gives the skin a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Skin rejuvenation treatments such as SkinPen Microneedling and LED light therapy can also help initiate skin healing or new cell production.
As new cells are produced, collagen and elastin levels increase smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the neck. If treatments are maintained at regular intervals and the skin continually boosted lines and wrinkles will also be prevented from deepening.
Vertical neck lines are due to the muscles in the neck protruding and becoming visible. The neck muscles can protrude more with age as fat levels reduce or more commonly in people with slimmer body types. Naturally, some patients when talking overuse the muscles in the neck and often term it the ‘Nefertiti’ neck treatment after the Egyptian queen who’s neck muscles/lines protrude on her famous sculpture. In more recent times, people associate these vertical neck bands with the character ‘Deirdre Barlow’ who’s neck muscles/bands would become visible when on Coronation Street.
Vertical neck bands are due to excessive muscle use and therefore treatments involve muscle relaxing injections using botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin, or more commonly the abbreviated term Botox(R) stops muscles being able to contract. There are a variety of botulinum toxins available on the market, including brands such as Botox, Azzalure, Bocouture and Dysport. Botulinum toxin is a prescription only medicine and therefore treatment should only be carried out by a medical professional who has had suitable training and can prescribe the product used.