Don’t put your neck on the line- Treatments that Rejuvenate it!
Have you noticed how the focus is shifting off of the face and on to the neck when it comes to rejuvenation? Actually this is not new. For decades, (yes, I have been around for that long) women and men have been coming to me and to plastic surgeons wanting to make their face more youthful; and we have been doing just that. But the most youthful face plopped onto a saggy, wrinkly spotty neck does not get the desired result. Now we have a disconnect; the face is 40, the neck is 50! How did this happen? Well, frankly, there was not a lot we could do for necks 10 years ago. Necks are delicate creatures, they need gentle nudging. Strong lasers are too much, surgery certainly can do the trick; but who wants their throat cut?
So we have established the problem. Now for the solution, or rather solutions! So much has evolved in even the last year for the “forgotten neck.” Such as Ulthera; which received the first, and only, FDA approval to LIFT the neck, in October of 2012. It is a non-invasive procedure (this means no downtime, no surgery) that utilizes high intensity focused ultrasound to generate heat very precisely into the underpinnings of the neck, face and brow triggering a nice tightening and lifting effect that will last. New collagen is produced and improvements continue for months. Because it is non-invasive you can repeat this procedure in 3 months for even more results or every year, or two, to maintain.
The new Thermage also has the neck in mind. Thermage technology (also non-invasive) has been around for a decade. The new part has to do with comfort and results. We have been using the new Total Tip for Thermage to target the deeper structures of the skin where the collagen lives. The result: beautiful overall firming and tightening including the neck. After 10 years of treating patients with the ever improving and upgraded technology of Thermage, I am impressed! You see results immediately that keep on improving over time.
Let’s not forget the spotty, dull and crepey neck skin that has previously been neglected, let’s talk resurfacing. In a nut shell, resurfacing promotes the emergence of new healthy, evenly pigmented skin after a treatment or series of treatments. We now have 3 options: mild for the 30 and 40 somethings, medium for 40 and 50 somethings and deep for all who have just seen too much sun. The lighter treatment, Clear & Brilliant, is accomplished in less than half an hour, with some pinkness that is gone in hours. The medium treatment, Fraxel Dual, gives more result in fewer treatments and will cause a few days of redness.
Most important is your skin care. Growth factors, antioxidants, retinoids and SPF (and, as needed special products for pigment or redness) are your key to improved skin beauty now and into the future. Investing in your skin includes taking care of it between treatments. Kind of like your teeth, we get them cleaned every 6 months at the dentist, but if you don’t brush and floss on a daily basis you will be sorry!
So, next time you feel like grabbing a turtleneck or wrapping a scarf around your neck to cover it up, remember there are many great options to rejuvenate the long neglected neck!