As we age and the skin in the neck area becomes less firm, issues such as sagging, fine lines, creping, wrinkles and the dreaded turkey neck can start to appear. Often when it comes to anti-aging and skincare we always look after our face and pay a lot of attention on doing the right thing to keep ourselves looking at our best, but often we tend to overlook the neck area. However, the good news is that if you’re aware that the neck area can become a problem in the future, then there are some things you can do right now that will help your skin from aging prematurely.
Sunscreen & Aging Neck Skin
It is a given that we use sun protection with high SPF (often above 60) on our faces to avoid sun exposure, but often when it comes to our neck and décolletage area, we might overlook applying sunscreen. This is a mistake since the neck is just as exposed to the sun as our faces are. So, if you are going out into the sun, the first tip that we would give you is to ensure that you apply sun protection to the neck area and any exposed areas. Sun damage is one of the worst offenders when it comes to causing premature aging.
You should also consider applying moisturizers to your neck area too, not just your face. This can not only help avoid dry skin but can also potentially help avoid crepey skin. If you’re looking for anti-aging neck creams, then you should consider those with retinol in the ingredients. Retinoids can help promote collagen production which in turn reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Night creams and lotions can also be used to help with the neck area.
Ultimately, alongside a regular skincare routine there are a few other things that can be done to help with the signs of aging, that can also help the appearance of the neck area. Ensuring that you have a good diet, exercising regularly and limiting your alcohol consumption can all have positive impacts on your appearance and keep you looking younger for longer. We cannot avoid aging, but a lot of the causes of premature aging can be addressed and dealt with.
Treatments for Aging Neck Skin
Before and after – Female treated with Thermage in the neck area
If your neck is already showing some of the signs of aging and you are looking for ways to improve its appearance the good news is there are a few different things that your dermatologist might recommend.
For neck wrinkles and also dark spots and age-related spots including those caused by sun damage then the Fraxel laser treatment can be a good option. Another laser treatment that can be used for neck wrinkles and neck lines is Thermage which uses RF (radiofrequency) technology. In particular, Thermage FLX is a newer version of Thermage that works on the neck and cheek areas. It can also work faster due to the new tips being a third larger than before, allowing the doctor to treat a larger surface area.
If you have a sagging neck and are looking for a neck lift treatment, but do not want to go down the plastic surgery route there are a couple of treatments that can be used to help with skin tightening in the neck area. Botox is one treatment that can help provide a temporary neck lift.
For those individuals who have loose and sagging jowls then one of the treatments that can be used to help with this issue is Kybella. This can improve the appearance of the jawline and neck area. Kybella is made from deoxycholic acid and it is injected into the skin at the treatment area. The substance helps break down the fat cells, in turn improving the appearance of the neck line and jowls making them appear much less saggy.
You can find more information on the types of treatments that you can have to treat an aging neck on our main page about aging neck treatments