As frustrating as fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging are, the signs of aging aren’t limited to the face. And yet, this is the area that we most often focus on. This could be a mistake. Without proper care, the aging neck may become a problem overnight. It doesn’t really, but it can feel like it. The skin and muscles across the front of the neck are aging all along, we just don’t see it – until we do. Here, we discuss why neck bands develop and what we can do to correct them so our neck looks as youthful as our face.
What are Neck Bands?
Horizontal lines on the neck occur for the same reasons we get fine lines around the mouth and creases around the nose and eyes. With age and the loss of collagen and elastin, vital chemicals in the skin, firmness and stretchiness decrease. The neck is also an area where muscles are often in use. The platysma muscles are thin, vertical chords that contract when we tense the neck or extend the chin forward. The continual use of these muscles affects how the skin folds. These folds initially disappear when the muscles relax but, when collagen and elastin decline enough, they become permanent.
It may not be possible to completely avoid neck bands. However, certain habits can keep them at bay for many months, maybe even many years. First and potentially the easiest way to postpone the onset of neck lines is to wear sunscreen on the neck every day. The face, neck, and chest are some of the most exposed areas and are thus prone to sun damage. Sun exposure breaks down collagen, which causes premature aging, including neck bands.
Neck bands that relate to muscle movements may be put off by taking care to avoid unnecessary bending or straining of the neck. The most common way that we bend the neck is through our cell phone use. Our prolonged use of technology that has us looking down, folding the neck skin, is the source of the term “tech neck,” and is something we can control through postural changes. This may not be as easy as applying sunscreen, but it’s worth a try!
Neck Band Treatments
Neck bands don’t have to be an enormous cause for concern. With early and consistent treatment, the aging neck can be well-maintained without surgery. Some of the easiest treatments for neck bands include:
- Botox or Dysport. Neuromodulators reduce neck bands by relaxing the platysma muscles that cause them. Treatment takes less than half an hour and can last for 3 to 6 months.
- Dermal fillers may be used instead of or as a complement to a selected neuromodulator. These products reduce the appearance of wrinkles by plumping the skin from underneath. The effects of dermal fillers can last well over a year.
- BBL Forever Young and MOXI treatments help the body renew the skin naturally. These convenient treatments stimulate tissue regeneration at the cellular level so, while results may take a little longer, they can also last much longer than injectable treatments.