When we think about wrinkles, we imagine forehead wrinkles, laugh lines, and frown lines—but we don’t often pay attention to the neck. The neck has thin skin and is prone to sagging and muscle laxity during the aging process. Neck wrinkles might be inevitable, but can you get rid of them once they’re there?
How Do Neck Wrinkles Form Anyway?
As we age, our skin gradually loses elasticity as collagen production declines. In areas with particularly thin skin—like the neck—the laxity is more obvious, causing noticeable lines across and down the neck.
Additionally, the constant use of certain muscles causes creasing in the skin above those muscles. So, every time you use the muscles in your neck, it creates a line in your skin. The more often you contract those muscles, the deeper the creases become.
To prevent and treat neck wrinkles, we need to focus on skin elasticity, neck muscles, and gravity. We can’t exactly change gravity, so let’s focus on the first two.
Sagging skin will start to happen the longer you’re on the earth, thanks to gravity and daily use. To be proactive about prevention, you can start incorporating certain techniques into your skincare regimen in your 20s and 30s.
Anti-aging products line store shelves, and we are truly spoiled for choice. But which ingredients actually do what you want them to do? Since we’re trying to increase skin elasticity, you want to seek key items on the ingredients list:
- Retinol: a synthetic form of vitamin A that helps reduce fine lines and boost skin elasticity by encouraging the natural production of collagen. Retinol is best purchased from a medical cosmetic clinic for 2 reasons: the potency of commercial retinol just isn’t there, so neither is the efficacy. And because of retinol’s potency, it is best to have access to a skincare professional to guide you through the use, which isn’t available at commercial retailers.
- Peptides: amino acids that can stimulate the skin to produce collagen and assist with firming.
- Hyaluronic acid: helps keep the skin hydrated and adds plumpness by slowing moisture evaporation.
So if skincare products are your go-to, look for retinol neck creams with the added bonus of peptides and hyaluronic acid. Using this long-term can aid with firming the skin around your neck and preventing deep lines from forming.
And, as always: sunscreen! We’ll never stop endorsing how vital sunscreen is for protecting your skin from damage. Calgary is one of the sunniest spots in Canada, so sun protection should be a year-round priority.
If you’ve heard the terms gua sha and facial rollers lately, they’re certainly gaining some traction in the cosmetic world. Both are skincare tools made typically from jade stone or rose quartz that assist in the battle against gravity.
The gua sha comes from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and includes benefits like improved circulation and reduced inflammation. The facial roller is touted to reduce fine lines, but science hasn’t confirmed anything yet.
If you’re reading this on your phone right now, assess your posture. Are you bending your neck down to look at the screen? This is a developing issue known as tech neck. Keeping good posture is an easy way to help prevent wrinkles from forming.
If you’d rather target your neck wrinkles with a cosmetic treatment, Sante Medical offers a few services that can target fine lines and wrinkles to reduce their visibility on the neck.
SmartXide CO2 Laser
Since neck wrinkles form due to a loss of skin structure, we can use the SmartXide CO2 Laser to soften existing lines through resurfacing of the skin as well as improve the structures of the skin by stimulating collagen and elastin. This treatment is a deep skin rejuvenation that results in tighter, lifted skin.
During this minimally-invasive procedure, the tool will use thousands of tiny columns of laser energy to target the skin tissue and encourage the growth of new collagen and elastin. Your session will take between 60–90 minutes, and your recovery time depends on the depth of the treatment but can last up to 2 weeks with residual pinkness to the skin for longer.
Fotona SP Dynamis Laser
This laser treatment stimulates new collagen and elastin, leaving the targeted area tighter and more vibrant. The Fontona SP Dynamis Laser is one of the most advanced laser systems in the world.
Fotona resurfacing offers a gentler alternative to CO2 Laser resurfacing. Your downtime will be less, but you will require a series of treatments for best results.
Unlike the 2 treatments above that stimulate new collagen and elastin and resurface the skin, our neuromodulator (Botox) treatments target the muscles that cause the visible creases. Botox is used to block the transmission of messages between the brain and muscles. When it’s blocked, the muscles stop contracting, which prevents the skin above those muscles from creasing and causing lines.
This is a preventive and maintenance approach, as once neck lines (also known as necklace lines) have set in, botox alone cannot reverse the creases in the skin. If you have received laser treatments for wrinkles, botox is still recommended to maintain the results, or the lines will form again as the skin continues to crease.
Neuromodulator treatments take about 10–15 minutes, and the effects last between 4–6 months. Learn more about Botox from our team.
No Thank You, Neck Wrinkles
Regardless of where you are in your skincare journey, we’re always glad to discuss your cosmetic concerns and goals. Then, we can guide you towards an appropriate treatment plan, whether that includes firming skincare products or neuromodulator treatments. The first step is to contact us for a consultation to help you feel better, look better, and live better.