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Ageing Neck

A sagging or loose neck is a common concern. With advances in gravity-defying facial treatments, the neck is sometimes overlooked, becoming a give-away of age. One of the main causes of neck sagging is skin laxity due to loss of collagen and elastin. The other is tightening of platysma muscle, as it loses flexibility with age. The Platysma muscle is a long, sheet-like muscle that runs from the jawline down to the décolletage. Tightening of this muscle causes a downward pull on the skin of the lower face giving the appearance of a sagging or ‘Turkey neck’.

Ageing Neck

Treatment Options

Profound RF is a break-through technology used to treat skin sagging, wrinkles and excess fat on the face, neck and body. Known as the ‘non-surgical face lift’, Profound RF is an injectable radiofrequency treatment that tightens, smoothens, hydrates and melts fat. In clinical trials, Profound RF was found to deliver 1/3 of the result of a surgical facelift in a single treatment and that 100% of patients had a clinically evident response to treatment.

Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are thin threads, made from the same material as absorbable stitches, that hook into the skin and lift sagging skin. The threads gradually dissolve over several months and are replaced by new strands of collagen. PDO thread-lifts are often referred to as ‘non-surgical neck lift’ or ‘puppet neck lift’ due to their long-lasting and effective lift of sagging skin. The procedure is not painful, does not require any significant down-time and is excellent at lifting and tightening the skin.

Botulinum toxin has been used in medical treatments for over 4 decades and was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of wrinkles in 1989. It is now one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. It works by temporarily blocking the connection between nerves and muscles, thereby enabling muscles to stay relaxed. Botulinum toxin injected into the platysma, relaxes this muscle and reduces its downward pull on the skin of the lower face, reducing the appearance of a ‘sagging neck.’

Dermal fillers can be used to reduce the visibility of horizontal neck lines. Dermal filler is a term used to describe a substance that is injected into the dermis of the skin in order to fill or plump the area. Fillers are used to treat wrinkles, creases and restore volume to the face, neck and body. Although there are many different types of fillers, the most popular are hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. HA is a substance that already exists in the skin and one of its’ main functions is to hydrate and plump the skin.

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