The signs of ageing skin appear most noticeably and readily on our face, which the high-street’s topical creams claim to solve and soften. The signs of ageing in our skin can, unsurprisingly, occur anywhere. In fact, wherever the sun touches regularly has the potential to show the signs of ageing far sooner than we’d like them to appear because of the damage UV rays cause. We always protect our face from the sun with SPF that should be worn all-year round, but we don’t always protect our neck and décolletage when out and about. Even when these areas are exposed only in round-neck t-shirts, constant exposure to UV rays leads to declining skin quality to develops over time, ageing the neck and chest while our face is protected. How do you treat neck skin that shows the signs of ageing?
How to treat neck lines
Neck lines, otherwise referred to as ‘turkey neck’ when lines and folds extend downwards or ‘necklace lines’ when horizontal, have traditionally been difficult to treat. The neck is a sensitive area with some of the thinnest skin on our body, which makes the signs of ageing very apparent but tricky to treat for those who aren’t trained in it. Some of these lines occur because of the overactive muscles beneath your skin (you can see the effect of these when you clench your teeth), which anti-wrinkle injections work to treat. This treatment inhibits the muscles’ ability to move as aggressively, limiting its overly-enthusiastic abilities of creasing the skin. Dermal fillers may also be used here to replenish lost volume in areas of sagging skin, too. These treatments are reserved for medical professionals specifically trained in these sensitive areas, so make sure you do your research when seeking rejuvenation for an ageing neck!
Loose skin on the décolletage
The décolletage is a woman’s upper torso that includes areas such as the collarbone, upper chest, and neck-line. A lot of women experience the signs of ageing in this area because the skin is so thin and so commonly yet thoughtlessly exposed to the sun. UV rays in sunlight break down collagen and elastin over time, gradually chipping away at the fibres that keep the skin in this area able to ‘bounce back’. Loose and crepey skin here is treated with dermal fillers to plump and smooth this thinning skin. The skin is very thin in this area too, so it takes a skilled hand to perform these treatments to avoid unwanted lumps of filler beneath the skin. Again, make sure you find a professional to perform this treatment.
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How to treat jowls and jawline
While not technically due to an ageing neck, sagging skin that creates jowls and a loose-appearing jawline creates a downwards pull on the face. This downwards pull inevitably adds to the appearance of falling skin, possibly adding years onto your neck without your neck even being the problem area. When our skin loses elasticity through a lifetime of UV exposure and the general signs of ageing, it starts to lose contour and structure. It can create unwanted facial folds and soften the appearance of a jawline, but aesthetic treatments can help. Depending on where your falling skin originates from, whether from over-active muscles of volume loss, we can use injectable treatments to help reinstate a more structure and youthful looking jawline.
Treating an ageing neck
A lot people neglect their neck in their skincare routine and sun protection, but the natural signs of ageing do inevitably come for us all. When seeking to treat an ageing neck, always seek a medical professional like our own Dr James Willis. Enquire online or speak to a member of the team on 07377 674848 to treat ageing skin in Falmouth.