When it comes to skin tightening and overall cosmetic procedures for the treatment of loose skin, one area that many people have issues with is the excess skin that can surround the neck and chin area. This also has the unfortunate nickname of being called a “Turkey neck”, due to the appearance of the rolls of skin that can appear.
One of the downsides to having loose skin in this area is that even with a good diet and fitness plan, this issue can still occur, because as we age, the skin becomes less elastic in nature, and gravity takes over. The good news is that there are a range of treatments that are available that can help reduce the appearance of loose skin in this area, from skin tightening laser treatments, to “fat freezing” techniques that can help reduce the fat that can accumulate.
The main treatment that Dr. Green recommends for the neck area is Thermage®. For patients who are displaying the first signs of aging such as sagging jowls then this procedure can help reduce this issue. Over time, women and men lose tissue elasticity along with collagen in their skin, however Thermage stimulates new collagen production.
The way this works is by utilizing radiofrequency energy to heat up the deep dermis, which stimulates and invigorates the production of new collagen within the skin, which in turn, tightens the targeted area in the neck. The Thermage laser pulses across the skin, approximately one inch at a time and in total the treatment can take around two hours to complete, depending how large the treatment area is – though new developments such as Thermage FLX aim to speed up this process.
Introducing Thermage FLX
Another recent development for non-surgical skin tightening in the neck is Thermage FLX. This procedure also uses radiofrequency (RF) technology to heat the layers in the skin, and stimulate collagen, however the technology involved has been improved via their new energy delivery method known as AccuREP.
Thermage FLX features a vibrating handpiece which reduces any pain during treatment and comes with a slightly larger treatment tip that has been said to reduce treatment time by up to 25 percent, which means you can easily fit these treatments in during your lunch break.
In addition to treating the neck area with Thermage, this procedure is also commonly combined with CoolSculpting by Zeltiq. This treatment is used to “freeze” fat cells, which are then removed naturally from the body by itself, over time.
CoolSculpting is a treatment that works well on fatty deposits within the skin that are hard to get rid of via just diet and exercise alone. This treatment can work extremely well on the neck area, especially when combined with skin tightening procedures such as Thermage. The great thing about using both Thermage and CoolSculpting for targeting neck wrinkles and loose jowls, is that neither of these treatments are invasive, meaning there is no surgery involved, which is a big plus for many people who want to avoid surgical procedures.
Other neck tightening procedures
Other common skin tightening procedures for the neck area include BBL and Exilis. Exilis works by using radiofrequency waves, these waves heat up layers of your skin, aiming to reduce fat and tighten the skin areas around the neck. This procedure takes about 4-6 sessions, with 1 every few weeks. After the first series of treatments, the patient will likely need to get additional treatments several months later.
SkinTyte, known as the BBL broadband laser is another popular option, especially with darker skin types and when fat removal is not a key factor (though it can be combined with CoolSculpting and CoolMini as an option too). This method uses infrared technology and laser light to heat the skin, and many patients at our office have used this treatment.
Another non-surgical procedure option that uses injections rather than lasers is Kybella. Kybella is often used in the neck and chin areas to treat “aging neck” and usually requires two to four treatments spaced one month apart. Kybella can also help tighten the skin in the neck area, while also dissolving the fat. Find out more about Kybella, Thermage and other aging neck treatment options.
We are occasionally asked about Ultherapy treatments on the neck area, but Dr. Green doesn’t normally recommend this procedure, since it can be very painful for the patient.
If you are interested in finding out more whether Thermage, CoolSculpting, Kybella, BBL, Exilis or even a combination of these can help with your neck wrinkles then the best course of action is to book an appointment with Dr. Green who can provide you with an appraisal and treatment plan suited to your own particular needs.