Your Neckline Vs. Gravity: How To Maintain It

Aesthetics Hub | 7 Feb 2018

Maintaining an attractive neckline becomes more difficult with time, as both your skin and the layers beneath it begin to feel the effects of gravity.


What Are Neck Jowls?

Neck jowls are the saggy tissues that gather below the jawline, on the sides of your chin, below the corners of your mouth and on the midline of your neck. They are caused by the skin’s loss of elasticity, an irregular build-up of subdermal fat and loss of muscle tone. Click here to find out more symptoms of this problem.

How Do You Prevent Them?

While how quickly you age is determined, to a certain extent, by genetics, environmental factors such as sun damage, air pollution and exposure to toxins can accelerate the process greatly. Luckily, you can minimize the harmful effects of these variables. Preventing the development of neck jowls is exactly like preventing any other form of facial aging. Your regime should include emollients, to hydrate and promote a healthy skin-barrier function, as well as broad-spectrum sunscreens. Healthy living is also important. Be sure to drink enough water; eat a balanced, nutrient-filled diet, and get enough sleep.

Is It Treatment Time?

Treatment should start as soon as symptoms of a sagging neckline appear, and each area should be addressed individually.

“Successful treatment of neck jowls is not locked up in one golden solution,” says Dr Gerhard van Niekerk, a general practitioner with a special interest in aesthetic medicine. He adds that a layered approach with a combination of treatment methods is best.

1. Treating the skin

Begin by following the basic measures to prevent skin aging, in order to preserve your skin’s elasticity and strength. Then speak to your dermatologist. You may want to explore the possibility of non-invasive cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels, Intense Pulse Light (IPL), CO2 Fractional Laser and micro-needling.

2. Controlling the sub-dermal fat layer

The fatty deposits beneath your skin can be reduced with fat-dissolving agents known as lipolytics, or through liposuction, the more invasive option. Treatments such as threadlifts or ultrasound therapy can be used to reposition the subdermal fat. Plastic surgery is also an option. Consult with your dermatologist to find the approach that’s best for you.

3. Managing the muscles

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A botulinum toxin, such as Botox, can be used to suppress overactive muscles, especially the platysmal bands, and smooth the neckline. However, it is important to understand that botulinum toxins work by relaxing your muscles; they do not affect the skin above.

Each step in this process is essential for a successful outcome. Remember that you need a treatment plan specific to your own needs. It is essential to speak to your dermatologist for a personalized plan of action.

By Johane van den Berg
This article first appeared in Longevity.
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