Aging is something that, historically, could not be stopped. Today, this statement is questionable. Of course, the body is going to age without ceasing. However, the appearance of aging – signs like drooping brows and laugh lines – are something we can pick and choose. If you’re not sure about this, just flip on an episode of any Real Housewives franchise and you’ll see what we mean.
As much as we focus on smoothing lines and creases on the face, we may easily overlook an area that has long been a dead giveaway of age: the neck.
The Low Down on Lax Neck Skin
At some point, most people catch a glimpse of their neck in the mirror. They may be surprised by what they see. When did that turkey gobble start to wobble? How did the skin become so thin and crepey? These are all common questions that many women (and men, too) ask themselves as they notice signs of aging. Because the neck holds on so nicely for so long, these concerns can seem as though they develop overnight. Here’s why . . .
Neck skin is not as resilient as we may assume. It’s actually about as thin as the skin on your upper and lower eyelids. You know, the skin that you have been encouraged not to tug and pull by rubbing your eyes? What’s below your face is that fragile, too. That means that, when collagen and elastin start to degrade, this skin very quickly loses its support network. Another form of support, the platysma muscle, also frays over time, causing it to droop from its usual horizontal position. All this loss of support from muscle and connective tissues leads to one of the most noticeable signs of aging: a double chin.
Lift your Head High with Treatment for Aging Neck Skin
Not all aging necks require neck lift surgery, though we do offer that service in appropriate cases. Many patients get a head start with anti-aging treatments for their neck. Some popular options include Botox, to smooth the platysmal band, fillers to restore fullness where needed, and laser resurfacing to induce collagen remodeling.
Get the information you need to restore a youthful neck and face in our Denver office. Call (303) 839-1616.