Neck lines, (AKA platysmal bands, or ‘turkey neck’) are a very common, less-than-desirable sign of aging characterized by deep-set horizontal creases across the neck area. They can set in regardless of how you apply your skincare products or how old you are. But how do you get rid of neck lines?
Neck lines are caused by a weakening of the skin foundation and the constriction of muscles below the skin, which leads to skin folds and wrinkles.
Over time, these folds can become visible even at rest. In other words, lax muscles on either side of the neck fall forward, causing loose bands composed of skin and underlying muscle to bulge. Sometimes neck lines are more noticeable after significant weight loss.
More recently, neck lines have been linked to the increased use of mobile devices that have us bending our heads down and folding our neck skin in the process. However, generally, they are associated with aging-related deterioration of the skin’s support structures.
While facelifts and neck lifts are both popular and highly effective surgical treatments well suited to addressing neck lines, many patients wish to forego surgery if possible and opt for other, less invasive solutions. While not everyone is a candidate for nonsurgical options, your surgeon will advise you on the best treatment route for you based on your unique goals and needs.
The ache or soreness caused by repetitively looking down at your phone can also cause necklines. As all wrinkles are caused by repeated movements, the constant motion of looking down can cause your neck to crease, turning into permanent wrinkles. Try to be mindful of how you are holding your phone and raise it in front of your face to look straightforward.
Vitamin C has antioxidant attributes that are excellent for the skin.
Studies show that the vitamin can reverse some of the damage caused by UV rays and other environmental factors such as free radicals.
Regular use of sunscreen can slow the signs of skin aging. Try to wear at least SPF 30 on your face every day and reapply every 2-3 hours.
Smoking is one of the most leading causes of premature aging. Tobacco smoke damages collagen and nicotine causes blood vessels to restrict. Talk to your healthcare provider about a program to help you quit.
Retinoids are one of the most celebrated anti-aging ingredients in skincare. It’s best to start with a small amount every few days, as the ingredient can cause extreme dryness and peeling when you add it to your skincare routine.
Many people remember to moisturize their face, but it’s easy to forget about the neck. Some moisturizing products are made specifically for the neck. Hydrating the skin will help it look plump, so wrinkles are less visible, and it can also help prevent future creases from forming.
Botox Injectables block the nerves’ chemical signals that cause our muscles to contract. When injected into the neck’s vertical bands, Botox can help relax the dynamic muscles, reduce neck lines, and prevent new ones from forming–for an overall smoother, more youthful-looking neck. Results typically last 4-6 months and can be repeated as needed. Many notice their results within a day or two of treatment, but it can take several weeks to see full results.
Where Botox is ineffective, soft tissue fillers may be of great help. By injecting a very small dose of hyaluronic acid filler along the horizontal neck lines, creases can be plumped and filled. The smooth, youthful-looking results resulting from this procedure can last for up to a year. Many notice their results immediately after treatment, while others notice them within a day or two, but it can take several weeks for full integration.
Lasers can be used to stimulate collagen and strengthen the skin’s foundation. The FotoFacial procedure uses radiofrequency, infrared, and intense pulsed light (IPL) energy to address various skin problems, including discolouration and fine lines on the face, neck, chest, and hands. Most patients require about 5 treatments to achieve desired results, performed once every 3 weeks. Patients usually start to notice the results of their FotoFacial about 1 week after their first treatment, and they get closer to their desired outcome with each treatment.
Check out our before and after section here!
The cost of your neck removal procedure will, of course, depend on how you’ve chosen to get rid of your neck lines! Most dermal fillers available at SpaMedica start at $399 per syringe, while Botox can range anywhere from $8-$18 per unit, and laser FotoFacial treatments begin at $499 per treatment. Ultimately, the best way to determine your neck line removal procedure’s final cost is to schedule a consultation. Determining the cause of your neck lines will help us better recommend a custom treatment solution that addresses your unique case.
SpaMedica offers a variety of both surgical and nonsurgical solutions for neck lines. In order to determine the best treatment option for you and learn about the risks and considerations for each procedure, contact us today to schedule a consultation!
For a restored facial appearance with a tight and youthful contour, a facelift will tighten the neck muscles and remove excess facial skin.
A small incision under the chin will reduce sagging skin under your chin or localized fat deposits by removing fat and tightening the muscles.
Works to relax the facial muscles that are responsible for facial movement, reducing and softening signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.
High energy light will be pulsed gently on the skin to target any imperfections on the face, neck, chest, and hands.