I always say, “Don’t neglect your neck!” Taking care of your neck is just as important as taking care of your face when it comes to skincare and treatments. The neck is often forgotten about and can really show signs of aging, especially if you are taking care of the rest of your face.
Through the aging process, the skin on the neck becomes more thin and you start to notice the signs of aging. Sagging, elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles. The skin in our neck has fewer oil glands, making the skin more delicate and less hydrated. Did you know, the skin on your neck is as thin as your eyelids? Crazy I know!
A product of our unwavering obsession with our devices is “Tech Neck” or “Text Neck”. This term is becoming more widely known these days and is also becoming apparent in the younger generations. Now using your devices all day is bad for your neck and back in general but did you also know it is wreaking havoc on your skin? Aside from our tech fixation, neck lines and chest wrinkles are also a common occurrence thanks to genetics, the natural aging process, collagen loss, gravity, and sun damage. Keep reading and I will show you how to take care of the matter easily!
My Secret Recipe For Treating The Neck “The Trifecta”
Laser + Microtox + Platysmal Bands Tox + Filler to tech neck lines + RFA Neck Cream
- Laser: BBL + MOXI or COOLPEEL
- Botox: Microtox + Platysmal Bands
- Filler: Horizontal lines
Lasers For The Neck
BBL + MOXI: These two lasers work synergistically to erase sun damage, hyperpigmentation and photoaging along with treating texture, tone, pore size, tightening and brightening the skin.
Regular BBL treatments literally stop genetic coding and allow your skin to remain more youthful, even though you are physically aging. Both Moxi and BBL are extremely customizable and allow the provider to adjust the depths and energy levels of each treatment. Together these two lasers pack a symbiotic punch of skin renewal and radiance with ease.
My newest and favorite laser for the face & neck is the CoolPeel Co2 Laser. CoolPeel laser is a brand new way to safely and comfortably deliver the benefits of traditional CO resurfacing without the associated downtime! This fractionated ablative laser targets the superficial layer of skin so that only the damaged skin is removed, leaving behind healthier and younger looking skin. It irons out fine lines and wrinkles, helps tremendously with texture and acne scarring, and aids in skin tightening! This is a fantastic option for those ready to tackle the neck and achieve incredible results!! I’ve recently done 2 CoolPeel treatments and I am so excited with the results I’ve already achieved.
Downtime & Number Of Treatments
There is little to no downtime, with the BBL+ MOXI combination. This proven combination that will transform and renew your skin!
With the CoolPeel, patients should expect to be a little red, like a sunburn, for the first 24-48 hours. The skin will feel very dry, tight and sandpapery for about 5 days. As the new skin heals, it is important to keep the skin hydrated. Patients will be able to return to their normal skincare routine in one week post-treatment.
With every laser treatment we offer, we recommend a series of 3 treatments spaced one month apart for maximum results. Especially if the patient is looking for more full correction on particular areas of concern that have more fine lines and wrinkles!
Botox For The Neck
Tech neck refers to the horizontal lines (or “necklace lines”) that appear on our neck after constantly tilting our heads forward to look down at our smartphones and mobile devices. Since we have evolved into a tech world and crane our necks to use phones, tablets, and laptops, creases in the neck and chest form and deepen over time but don’t worry, we have the perfect fix for those pesky tech neck wrinkles. It’s called, Micro-Botox & Filler. Another area of the neck that we can help with Botox is the platysmal bands. These muscles are often used and neglected but make a big impact in lines on your neck. The muscle attaches to the jawline to the collarbone/shoulders. Seen along the sides and front of the neck causing deep neck creases and tension into our shoulders.
How Does It Help?
MicroTox: On average about 40-50 units are injected into the skin (on the top layer). This is a different technique than how we inject into the facial muscles to correct lines caused by muscular movement. This will help tighten the skin and diminish lines and “chicken skin” or rough texture on the neck. This also gives the skin a beautiful overall sheen and glow. Results may vary but an average client will see the effects of the injections a few days after the appointment and up to a few weeks for best results. This will last about 3-4 months.
Platysmal Bands: On average about 20 units of Botox are injected into these neck muscles. This can give the neck a more smooth and less saggy appearance. This will last around 6 months.
Filler For Horizontal Lines
Injectable dermal fillers reduce lines, wrinkles and folds, rejuvenate the skin, and improve skin texture in various parts of the body, including the face, neck, chest, hands, elbows, knees, and earlobes. With the right techniques, soft tissue fillers can be used to address all patient concerns with regards to the aging neck and chest.
How Does It Work ?
To treat neck lines and chest wrinkles we use super soft filler, a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler that can improve moderate-to-severe etched-in lines and wrinkles. The filler fully integrates into the skin and leaves no lumps or bumps when administered by a highly skilled injector. Rather than plumping or volumizing like thicker, more robust fillers, this type of filler is injected in “micro-aliquot” amounts to fine-tune and hydrate the treatment area. I have a special dilution and technique I use that makes this treatment look super natural.
How Long Do Improvements Last?
On average, HA fillers last for 9 to 12 months or more. Regular treatments are needed to maintain the results of the procedure. Of course, dermal fillers provide the best outcomes when complemented with other non-surgical treatments such as microneedling, lasers, skincare, and toxin.
Our RFA Youthful Neck Cream is a great product to help anti-age the skin on the neck and chest. It is packed with powerful growth factors and peptides to work on laxity and overall texture! With all of our products, I can’t stress enough the importance of bringing your skincare down your entire face, neck & chest. Our Youthful Neck Cream is going to help maximize your in office treatments.
How Do I Get Started?
Wow, a lot of information, I know! Thinking you need it all? That’s why I call it the Trifecta because treating the neck, just like the face, is a multifaceted process. We are here to help you decide what is best for you and where to start!
The first step is to email my amazing patient coordinator Lea Voda. Lea will get you information and ask for photos. Once I review your photos, Lea will give you my full recommendations to revitalize you! This does not mean you have to commit to everything on your first visit, but I like you to have a fundamental understanding of what can be done to help you achieve your goals. It is nice to have a reference list to work towards. I do this complimentary for patients who want to come see me in the office. My providers and I take local patients and we also have patients fly in from all over the country to see us. If you do not plan to see my team or I for treatment, I cannot give you treatment recommendations because I am unsure of your provider’s skill level or product selection.
If you would like a neck assessment please email Lea at Lea@RacquelAesthetics.com. If you know you’re ready to get started with one of these treatments, call our office at 636-742-112 to schedule!