The Best Neck Tightening Treatments
Many women (and men) take excellent care of their skin, and live a healthy lifestyle, but are still plagued with sagging neck skin. The frustration of a saggy neck is understandable since nothing adds years to one’s appearance like a loose “turkey” neck. And yet all the exercise in the world won’t tighten loose neck skin or muscles.
In this article, West Bloomfield area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. M. Azhar Ali discusses the best treatments for tightening a sagging neck.
Why the Neck Sags with Age
Exploring the best neck tightening treatments involves understanding the underlying causes of a sagging neck. The neck can sag with age due to several factors, including:
Loss of collagen and elastin: These proteins provide structure and elasticity to the skin, and their decline can cause skin to become loose and sag. The hormonal decline of menopause (and andropause in men) contributes to the loss of collagen and elastin.
Gravity: Over time, gravity can pull the skin and fat downward, causing sagging.
Sun damage: UV rays can damage the skin and cause premature aging, including sagging.
Weight loss: Significant weight loss can cause skin to become loose, leading to sagging.
These factors can also contribute to the development of wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging on the neck.
How Hormone Loss Causes Neck Skin to Sag with Age
Hormone loss, particularly the decline of estrogen levels, can cause skin to sag with age. Estrogen helps to maintain collagen and elastin levels in the skin, which provide structure and elasticity. As estrogen levels decrease with age, collagen and elastin levels also decrease, leading to skin becoming thin and less firm.
This can cause the skin to sag, leading to wrinkles and other signs of aging. Additionally, decreased estrogen levels can also lead to a loss of subcutaneous fat, which can further contribute to sagging skin on the neck and other areas of the body.
Neck Tightening Treatments
AMAE Med Spa and Plastic Surgery in the West Bloomfield area offers a wide array of the most advanced neck tightening treatments – from topical skin care to non-invasive treatments, as well as neck lift surgery. The best neck tightening treatment for you will depend on your age, your skin’s condition and type, your desired outcomes, and how much downtime you are willing to incur.
Some of the many neck tightening treatments we offer at AMAE in the West Bloomfield area are:
- Neck lift surgery
- Non-surgical skin tightening (e.g. ultrasound, radiofrequency)
- Profound radiofrequency neck tightening
- Kybella injections to dissolve fat
- Botox to relax neck muscles
- Fillers to restore volume
- Topical skincare to nourish and tighten skin (e.g. retinoids, antioxidants)
Topical Neck Tightening Treatments
Some skin care ingredients that are known to be effective for tightening neck skin include:
- Vitamin C: helps boost collagen production and improve skin elasticity.
- Retinoids: stimulate collagen production and improve skin texture.
- Peptides: help stimulate collagen production and promote skin firmness.
- Hyaluronic Acid: helps hydrate and plump skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
- Niacinamide: improves skin elasticity and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines.
It’s important to keep in mind that topical skincare products may provide temporary improvement, especially in younger patients. However, more significant changes in skin tightness may require in-office procedures – and in some cases neck lift surgery.
Profound Radiofrequency Neck Tightening
Profound Radiofrequency is one of our most popular and effective skin tightening treatments.
Profound Radiofrequency is a non-surgical skin tightening treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production and tighten loose skin on the neck. During the procedure, a small device is used to deliver controlled heat to the deep layers of skin.
This heat triggers a healing response in the body, leading to the production of new collagen and elastin, which in turn improves skin elasticity and tightness. The treatment typically takes 60-90 minutes, and results can last up to 2 years.
The safety and effectiveness of Profound Radiofrequency have been demonstrated in clinical studies involving patients with a range of skin types, including those with darker skin tones. And, NO downtime is required after the procedure.
Botox to Improve the Appearance of the Neck
Botox can improve the appearance of the neck by relaxing the platysma muscle, which can contribute to the appearance of bands or wrinkles in the neck. When this muscle is relaxed, it can help to smooth out the neck and create a more youthful appearance.
The procedure involves injecting small amounts of Botox into the muscle, and results typically take several days to a week to become apparent. The effects of Botox typically last 3-6 months, after which the procedure can be repeated as needed.
Fillers to Improve the Appearance of the Neck
Fillers can improve the appearance of the neck by adding volume to sagging skin and smoothing out wrinkles, creating a more youthful and defined appearance.
Some commonly used fillers for neck rejuvenation include hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane, as well as synthetic fillers such as Sculptra and Radiesse. The choice of filler depends on the specific needs and goals of each patient.
Juvéderm Voluma is commonly recommended for adding volume to the neck, as it is designed specifically for the mid-face and cheek area. However, the best Juvéderm formula for the neck will depend on the individual’s specific needs and goals, and a consultation with a licensed medical professional is recommended.
Neck Lift Surgery
Neck lift surgery, also known as platysmaplasty, is the “Gold Standard” in tightening the neck for a more youthful appearance. No topical, injectable, or non-invasive procedure is able to tighten neck skin like neck lift surgery.
Neck lift surgery, involves making incisions under the chin and/or behind the ears to remove excess skin and fat, and tighten underlying muscles. The remaining skin is then re-draped to create a smoother, more youthful neck contour. The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia, and recovery typically takes several days to a week or so.
Patients who have severe neck sagging – including a ‘turkey neck’ or “waddle” – will benefit most from neck lift surgery. CLICK HERE to Learn More About Neck Lift Surgery.
Neck Tightening Treatments | West Bloomfield Area
AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa is the West Bloomfield area’s premier facilities for state-of-the-art facial skin and neck tightening treatments.
The facial skin tightening treatment that is right for you will depend upon your age and your skin condition, as well as factors such as your genetics and your lifestyle. Schedule a consultation today discuss your skin tightening options with renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali, to see which neck tightening procedure is right for you.