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Laser For Neck Skin

It’s time to get your neck skin in check. It’s hard to miss the signs of aging on your face, but what about the rest of you? Your neck is just as important as your face when it comes to maintaining youthful skin, but it’s often neglected. This is why we’re here to tell you that it’s time to start taking care of those neck wrinkles before they start making an appearance. We know that it can be hard to take care of yourself, especially when you feel like you’re too busy with work and family commitments. But we promise that taking care of yourself will make you feel better—and looking after your skin will help keep your confidence up!

That’s why we’ve created this guide: we want to help you learn how to take care of your neck skin so that no one has any clue about all those pesky wrinkles hiding under there.

We are here to help you in the following article, providing the best and updated information on laser skin tightening cost and is laser skin tightening permanent

Laser For Neck Skin

Aging is inevitable. Until someone invents a device that allows us to not age, eventually, some of us can form sagging jowls. While harmless and completely natural, they have a tendency to put a damper on our self-esteem.

Thankfully, modern technology is catching up (though not quite to the level of zero aging). Which means we can treat and even prevent sagging jowls before they happen.

But first, we have to understand what they are and how they form.

What are sagging jowls?

Sagging jowls are when the skin loosens and sags below your chin and along your jawline. It becomes sagging and formed with wrinkles.

sagging jowls

How do sagging jowls form?

As we age, our skin loses several important elements that keep it looking young, including elasticity, collagen, and its ability to retain water. All of this contributes to the thinning and stretching of your skin as good old gravity works over the years.

Most often, the extent of your own sagging jowls depends on preventative measures and genetics. The worse jowls your parents have, the likelier you are to struggle with them later in life.

How to Prevent Sagging Jowls

Genetics aside, preventing sagging jowls will inevitably prolong the time it takes for them to appear.

Preventative measures include some of the same treatments for sagging jowls below.

But many anti-aging treatments to restore collagen and elasticity will help prevent sagging below your jaw. Some of those include laser treatments, microneedling, light therapy, Botox, and more.

However, because everyone’s skin is different, you’ll want to visit a dermatologist in order to figure out which preventative treatment will be best for you and your skin type.

Best Treatment for Jowls Sagging

Oftentimes, you may hear of laser treatments as being the best for sagging jowls. However, the best laser for sagging neck and jowls is probably not a laser at all.

The more effective treatment for this issue is through ultrasound waves.

Ultrasound waves are able to penetrate deeper into the subcutaneous tissue. (This is the area of focus if we want to address tissue laxity). Deep tissue laxity, where there’s loss of contour and loss of integrity in the subcutaneous tissues, requires a device able to reach deep levels for repair.

best procedure for sagging jowls

The ultrasound treatment, more commonly known as Ultherapy, can treat a sagging neck and jowls. Ultherapy is the only device, of which I am aware, that penetrates deeply enough, tightens subcutaneous tissue, and lifts the neck and jaw area.

There are two additional options to treat sagging neck and jaws.

The first option lies with our plastic surgery colleagues. They do a wonderful job of taking that tissue and removing excess tissue. Also, a new product may be coming to the market the third quarter of 2015. Produced by Kythera, this innovation hasn’t been named yet; it may offer a new fat tissue option. Kythera pharmaceuticals has created a form of deoxycholic acid. The acid, a bile salt naturally found in our liver, emulsifies or saponifies fat tissue. (It becomes like a soap when in contact with fat tissue). Kythera’s synthetic form of the acid mixes with the chin or jaw fat and dissolves.

For sagging jowls or chin, a laser may not be the best option. Rather, ultrasound, or Ultherapy, most effectively treats skin laxity. Other cosmetic options, and Kythera’s soon to be released product, can also improve a lax jowl or chin.

How to treat neck bands

neck bands treatments

Neck bands, also known as necklines or necklace lines, are horizontal lines which traverse the front of the neck. Sometimes, they are more noticeable than wrinkles in the face due to the relative lack of fat in the neck area. Neck bands are generally a result of natural aging, but they can be prominent in young people. They can increase the appearance of sagging or crepey skin in the neck, and may contribute to a loss of contour underneath the jawline.

While neck bands development cannot be completely prevented, there are sound ways to limit their severity.

WHAT ARE NECK BANDS?

As we get older, our skin loses elasticity and structural support due to a decrease in elastin and collagen. Normally, neck lines appear as fine wrinkles in your 30’s or early 40’s. They can develop into deeper grooves in your 50’s and 60’s.

Necklines are related to the platysma muscles, the thin, vertical muscles that contract when we extend our chin forward or tense our neck. They are also related to the fold patterns that occur from repeatedly bending the neck and looking down.

NECK BAND PREVENTION

To keep neck bands at bay for as long as possible, practice the following:

Avoid Excessive Neck Strain

These days, we’re all susceptible to the repetitive of looking down at our mobile phones and tablets. This forward bend folds the skin of the neck, and as we get older it’s less likely to bounce back.

Practice Responsible Sun Exposure

To protect your skin’s elasticity and structure, avoid excessive or unprotected sun exposure, and never use a tanning bed. If you must be outdoors, wear protective clothing or wide brimmed hats, and use full spectrum sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Don’t forget to cover your neck and upper chest, which are often overlooked.

Extend Facial Care to Your Neck

The same skin care routine you use on your face should be extended to your neck. If you use Vitamin C serum or retinoids on your face, their wrinkle-reducing properties can benefit your neck too! When applying moisturizer, remember your neck too. Wrinkles are generally less apparent on hydrated skin.

EARLY NECK BAND TREATMENT OPTIONS

If your neck bands are present as fine wrinkles, Botox or dermal fillers can improve their appearance and prevent further sagging.

Botox works by relaxing the platysma muscles of the neck which prevents wrinkles from forming or deepening. Botox can improve the appearance of dynamic neck bands, however it’s not permanent. The results of Botox typically last 3 months before touch ups are needed.

Dermal fillers can help when Botox alone is not enough. The gel-like substance (hyaluronic acid) is injected just under the skin to reduce deep lines by plumping the area behind them. Because the skin of the neck is very thin, it’s important to visit a skilled practitioner to avoid lumps or uneven fills. The results of dermal fillers are near immediate, and can last for several months.

The ideal candidate for Botox or dermal fillers is someone whose necklines are not deep and grooved, is at normal weight, and has little fat underneath the jawline. Some options for those who wish to address fullness under the chin (‘double chin’) are described here and here.

WHEN TO CONSIDER NECK LIFT SURGERY 

You might consider neck lift surgery, or platysmaplasty, if your neck bands are continuously visible or deeply grooved. This type of surgery can be performed on its own, or in conjunction with neck liposuction or a face lift.

ABOUT NECK BAND SURGERY

Platysmaplasty tightens the platysma bands in the neck by making a few small incisions behind the ears and underneath the chin. The procedure greatly improves the appearance of neck bands and can enhance the contour under the chin.

Since the neck is integrated into almost all our daily movement, patients should expect to take a full week off of work for recovery. During this time, you’ll be prescribed pain medications if needed, and you will likely wear a compression bandage until the muscles of the neck fully heal.

While you’ll notice a change within a few weeks, complete results will be visible several months after the procedure when swelling diminishes.

Like all wrinkles, neck bands are harmless but they can be bothersome. To avoid them, treat your neck as you would your face. Consult your doctor if and when you’re ready to explore treatment options.

Co2 Laser Neck Before and After

We pride ourselves to be the first leading clinic to introduce the revolutionary SmartSkin CO2 Laser resurfacing into the UK and Europe by Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi .

The fractional microablative CO2 laser skin re-surfacing treatment, is a safe and effective way to treat sun damage, stubborn pigmentation, acne scars, rough texture, enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles and skin laxity on the face, neck, chest, arms and hands and surgical scars, with essentially no downtime the skin is smoother, fresher and more youthful.

SmartSkin Performa CO2 laser is the latest generation and the most sophisticated of laser in tissue rejuvenation and skin resurfacing technology with fast, visible results and minimal downtime.

Dot Resufacing Laser

The SmartSkin laser skin re-surfacing treatments represent the very latest in tissue rejuvenation laser technology. This great breakthrough in laser utilizes a CO2 fractional system with a super-fast scanner that allows the doctor to do a “Dot Resurfacing”.

CO2 Laser skin resurfacing uses a specially Dot resurfacing crafted beam of thermal energy that breaks down and removes only the very outer layers of the area of skin. This leaves the skin more even as well as encouraging new skin to grow with a healthier look.

SmartSkin CO2 Laser Use

SmartSkin Performa CO2 laser can be used to treat these concerns to resurface the skin all over the body:

  • Age (sun) spots
  • Dark circles under the eye
  • Dry, dull skin
  • Fine lines
  • Freckles
  • Hand rejuvenation (age spots, loose skin, and lines)
  • Melasma
  • Redness and flushing
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Wrinkles

The skin rejuvenation process is safe for most skin types and colours.

CO2 Laser Suitability

Co2 laser treatment is suitable for people who have sun damage, stubborn pigmentation, acne scars, rough texture, enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles and skin laxity on the face, neck, chest, arms and hands and surgical scars and the skin rejuvenation process is safe for most skin types and colours.

The photo below shows the wrinkle removal results achieved with the new Performa CO2 micro fractional ablative laser with only 4-6 days of down time as compared to 3-4 weeks of down time and 3 months of redness with a trditional CO2 Laser resurfacing.

The new micro fractional ablative Performa CO2 laser resurfacing techniques are very exciting advances in the field of non surgical facial rejuvenation and wrinkle removal.

Many new applications are being used to improve our ability to rejuvenate the skin and improve scars, stretch marks, and remove pigment. New digital multi-functional software allows us to customize power, dwell time, density and scan patterns to perfectly balance your cosmetic and downtime needs.

Latest CO2 Laser Technology

CO2 lasers for resurfacing were introduced in the mid 1990’s and changed the landscape of aesthetic medicine overnight.

The initial lasers were continuous wave with very little control and delivered less than stellar results with many adverse effects compared to modern day resurfacing. However, the continuous wave CO2 lasers led to the development of pulsed and scanned CO2 lasers and eventually pulsed, scanned Er: YAG lasers.

The next generation of Erbium technology offered much more control to deliver better results with significantly reduced downtime and adverse events. The increase in pulsed resurfacing lasers led the industry down a path to discover lasers with lower downtime and less adverse effects.

This then gave way to the rise of the fractional laser technology. Fractional lasers offered acceptable results with a much lower downtime and almost no adverse effect but it did require more treatments. Ablative fractional lasers remove small columns of epidermal and dermal tissues, which then regenerate into brand new tissue.

Non-ablative Fractional lasers create microscopic zones of tissue injury which become remodeled, however it does not remove tissue like an ablative laser does. The development in these lasers continued to lower the downtime but required even more treatments to achieve the desired results.

Therefore, for the last decade, patients who did not desire to have deep, full field Er:YAG laser resurfacing, which offered the best results but prolonged downtime, were given two options. They could either choose ablative fractional treatments (fewer sessions, more downtime) or non-ablative fractional treatments (more sessions, fewer downtime).

Today, new resurfacing technology has completely revolutionized the theory that better results require either more downtime or more treatments.
HALO, the world’s first Hybrid Fractional laser, combines the best attributes of both non-ablative and ablative fractional lasers. Now, patients can get ablative-like results with non-ablative-like downtime.
By adding tuneable ablation to a non-ablative treatment creates varying effects when different levels are used.

Laser Skin Tightening Cost

Resurfacing lasers: 1 to 4 treatments are advised, costing $300 to $1,500 each.
$600 to $1,500 per treatment for radiofrequency and RF microneedling; 1 to 4 treatments are advised.
Ultrasound: one to two treatments are advised, with prices beginning at $2,500.

Is Laser Skin Tightening Permanent

Yet, there are certain drawbacks to laser skin tightening. They are not permanent, you will probably require several treatments, and each one could be expensive. Within three months, skin tightening procedures will produce their full effects, according to Dr. Chapas.

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