When aging begins to manifest, we frequently pay so much attention to our facial wrinkles that we fail to see how our neck is changing. Unflattering parallel lines on the neck and sagging skin beneath the jawline seem to develop overnight.
Necklines are often caused by the natural aging process, as well as environmental factors such as sun exposure and gravity. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity due to collagen and elastin breakdown, which can cause lines and wrinkles to form around the neck. Sun exposure increases the risk of developing necklines, as UV radiation breaks down the elastin in the skin, causing the skin to sag and wrinkle. Gravity also causes the skin to sag and droop, leading to the formation of necklines. Other causes of necklines include smoking, genetics, dehydration, and weight fluctuations.
A Botox procedure that targets the neck is known as neck Botox. Although the FDA has not yet approved it, it is a standard procedure in medical spas. Age-related neck skin changes include sagging, turkey neck skin, noticeable vertical bands on the neck, and horizontal neck creases. Overuse of cell phones and excessive neck bending can also cause sagging neck skin and wrinkles. This is called a tech neck.
Botox injections can be used to reduce wrinkles and fine lines in the neck and other areas of the face. The injection works by blocking nerve signals to the muscles in the area, which prevents the muscles from contracting and causes the wrinkles to soften. The procedure takes about 5-10 minutes, and you will start noticing the results in 10 – 14 days. Getting preventative Botox starting in your 30s can minimize the chance of getting wrinkles. However, getting Botox in your 50s will only reduce its appearance so starting earlier is better. Botox is a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of your neck, however, it is important to consult with a medical professional before receiving the injections.