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How to Get Rid of Neck Lines

Neck lines are totally normal, although there are many things that you could be doing (or not doing) unwittingly to make them deeper and darker. In this article, we talk about what causes them, why some people have worse ones than others, and proven ways on how to get rid of neck lines through skincare, lifestyle changes, and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures

Let’s delve right in!

What Causes Neck Lines?

Neck lines or neck wrinkles are characterized by deep, horizontal creases around the neck area. Like other types of fine lines and wrinkles, they are predominantly caused by the natural aging process. The skin on the neck is thinner and contains less collagen, making it more vulnerable to premature aging than other parts of the body. 

A common question we hear frequently is why do some people have neck lines worse than others? This is because of a multitude of contributing factors that accelerate aging and the formation of neck lines, such as:

  • Unprotected sun exposure – Cumulative exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) light causes long-term changes in the deeper layers of the skin called the dermis. It breaks down collagen and elastin faster, therefore affecting its natural production to allow the skin to bounce back to being plump and healthy. As a result, sun damage causes photoaging and early development of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Genetics – Another possible contributing factor is that some people have a higher genetic predisposition for premature skin aging and neck lines than others. 
  • Habitual activities – Fine lines and wrinkles first develop in specific areas around our face and body that are used for a repeated range of motions that causes the skin to fold or crease. When it comes to neck lines, they become more prominent due to long hours of bowing the head down or bending the neck, like scrolling on your smartphone or working on your laptop.

Woman hunched over while using smartphone

The “Tech Neck”

The “tech neck” or “text neck” is a phenomenon initially used to describe many people’s physical discomfort from always tilting their head forward. It involves shooting pain in the neck and numbness in the arms. More recently, doctors have been using the term to refer to neck lines caused by extensive hours of looking at and using electronic devices.

Neck lines can be prevented, especially in younger people who are not yet spotting other visible signs of aging like sagging of the skin. Ideally, the best way to proactively avoid neck lines would be to make a conscious and constant effort to work on your posture and to avoid looking downwards for an extended period of time. You may also want to limit your screen time or put your laptop in an elevated position, so you don’t have to bend your neck when working. However, this is sometimes easier said than done for some people.

Simple Steps To Minimize Your Risks Of Developing Neck Lines

  • Always wear sunscreen.
    The neck is one of the most neglected areas when it comes to skincare. Knowing what we know now, pay special attention to the neck during your skincare routine, especially when it comes to sun protection. Don’t forget to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 50 or covering the neck with a scarf when heading outdoors.
  • Incorporate Vitamin C serums into your skincare regimen.
    As neck lines are technically types of fine lines and wrinkles, it makes sense to use an anti-aging strategy to improve its appearance. Adding products with antioxidant-rich ingredients like Vitamin C are best known for delivering brightening and anti-aging effects on the skin. Serums are also a good investment because they contain concentrated amounts of active ingredients, nourishing the skin effectively and producing visible results faster.
  • Stop smoking.
    Smoking is infamously known as a culprit for accelerated skin aging. Smokers are more likely to have wrinkles than their non-smoking counterparts. If you’re a smoker, know that it’s never too late to quit. Research shows that quitting smoking rejuvenates the skin and can make you look over a decade younger.

How to Get Rid of Neck Lines with Cosmetic Treatments

If you are searching for faster, hassle-free ways on how to get rid of neck lines, there are several non-invasive and non-surgical cosmetic treatment options that you can consider. These include:

Botox

Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic injectables used for treating fine lines and wrinkles, and other signs of aging. For the treatment of neck lines, your doctor will inject a small dose of Botox into the neckband (platysma muscle bands) to relax the dynamic muscles. 

As a result, the skin on your neck becomes smoother, slimmer, tighter, and younger without any trace of neck lines to reveal your real age. Botox injections for neck lines are not a permanent fix, however, they generally last between three to six months. When the effects of the treatment wear off, the neck muscles are free to move, constrict, and fold again. To maintain the results, your doctor may recommend a follow-up treatment. Botox is highly recommended for older clients who are concerned about neck lines.

Thermage Skin-Tightening Treatment 

Thermage is a revolutionary skin tightening cosmetic treatment that can impressively lift and tighten loose and sagging skin using radiofrequency waves. It also stimulates natural collagen production in the body, which means you’ll see continuous improvements months post-treatment. 

This non-invasive procedure offers immediate results with virtually no downtime involved. Aside from neck lines, Thermage can also be used on different areas of the face and body. The effects of Thermage treatment lasts about six to nine months and your doctor may advise having one to two treatment sessions every year to maintain your desired results.

Woman getting cosmetic treatment to get rid of her neck lines

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels or clinical peels are exfoliation treatments that eliminate layers of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. They work better than traditional facials when it comes to correcting skin imperfections like fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, sun damage, and uneven skin tone and texture. 

Depending on your skin type and specific concern, there are different types of chemical peels according to the depth of peeling and active ingredients used. Basically, the stronger the peel, the more dramatic the results will be. They are most commonly applied to the face and neck, however, you can also use peels on the arms, hands, feet, chest, and back. To further enhance results, they can also be used in combination with microdermabrasion and at-home medical-grade skincare products.

Profractional Laser Resurfacing

Profractional laser resurfacing is also a promising treatment for neck lines. It harnesses a revolutionary fractionated technology that accurately targets areas with fine lines and wrinkles and goes into the skin’s deepest layers to promote healthy collagen production. It not only enhances the appearance of neck lines but also treats visible scarring, hyperpigmentation, and other skin imperfections while giving you a youthful glow from within.

Aside from neck lines, it can also address advanced signs of aging in the forehead, eye area, chin, marionette lines, smokers lines, and nasolabial folds. It can also be used for the chest and the back of the hands. Results from laser skin resurfacing treatments can last for years with proper skincare.

Book a Free Consultation

If you are worried about your neck lines and are interested in any of the cosmetic treatment options listed above, McLean Clinic can help you. To learn more about how to get rid of neck lines effectively, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. A friendly member of the McLean Clinic will be more than happy to assist you.

February 9, 2021
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