Neck wrinkles, also known as “necklace lines” or “tech neck,” are a common sign of aging. These wrinkles and lines can appear due to a variety of factors, including sun damage, natural aging, and repetitive movements, like looking down at a phone or computer screen. Improve not remove is the name of the game with these necklace-like creases.
Fortunately, there are several treatments available to help reduce the appearance of neck wrinkles.
- Moisturize: Keeping the skin on your neck well-hydrated is essential in reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
- SPF: Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day and cover your neck with a scarf or clothing when outside.
- Retinoids: Retinoids are a type of vitamin A that can help increase collagen production, which can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Chemical peels: Chemical peels are a cosmetic treatment that can help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A chemical solution is applied to the skin, which causes the top layer to peel off, revealing smoother, younger-looking skin underneath.
- Botox: Neuromodulators, like Jeuveau and Botox, are commonly used off-label in the neck. Being muscle relaxers, these toxins work best on hyperactive bands that surface when the platysma contracts. If you see a band fluctuating in appearance during dynamic movement-speaking, smiling, laughing, frowning, we can place a neuromodulator throughout the band to relax it. If the platysma is clearly lax, loose, and wavy, adding toxin is not going to make those neck bands go away.
- Laser resurfacing: Laser resurfacing is a non- invasive method to treat fine lines and wrinkles. We offer Aerolase laser in our office to help stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of neck wrinkles.
- Vivace Microneedling Radio-frequency : A lot of the neck crepiness comes from weakening of the dermis. With Microneedling Radiofrequency (Vivace), we create micro-injuries into the dermis, tricking the fibroblast cells to go through a healing phase and produce more collagen, which makes the dermal layer thicker and stronger for less visible crepiness.
- Exilis Ultra: In more severe cases of neck wrinkling, Exilis Ultra is used to target the deeper fibers of collagen that swim through the subcutaneous terrain, from the dermis down to above the muscle. Exilis Ultra delivers both Radiofrequency and Ultrasound energy for skin tightening effect. Thermage, Softwave and Ultherapy are few other modalities for skin tightening.
- Dermal fillers: Dermal fillers can be used to add volume to the skin on your neck and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Fillers like hyaluronic acid ( Restylane, Versa, RHA Redensity) can help plump up the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance. Horizontal neck lines truly feel like scar tissue when you get in there with a needle and injecting into these fine crevices can offer a subcision-like effect, freeing things up a bit to smooth the skin. There can be a fair amount of bruising along the length of the lines when going this route.
- Sculptra and Radiesse: When the skin of the neck gets crinkled and suddenly lacks snap, the goal is to increase protein production to thicken things up. The so-called biostimulatory injectables, Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) and Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite), when sufficiently diluted, can jumpstart collagen and elastin synthesis in the area of injection.
At Brandywine Med Spa we offer a customized approach to your unique skin care needs and offer complimentary consultations to offer a treatment plan for you.