Neck wrinkles, also known as “neck bands” or “necklace lines,” are an unwelcome sign of aging and can be a source of frustration for many people. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available to reduce the appearance of lines.
Depending on the severity of your wrinkles, you may consider visiting a plastic surgeon for more aggressive treatments, such as dermal fillers or laser resurfacing. In this article, we will discuss how to get rid of neck bands and necklace lines with various treatments.
These lines are the horizontal lines that appear across the neck region. These deep lines can appear later in life, or they can start to manifest at a relatively young age, depending on genetics and lifestyle. These lines can make clients feel self-conscious, as it looks like necklace lines have been embedded into the delicate skin of the neck.
Causes of Necklace Lines
Necklace lines can be attributed to a variety of factors, such as the weakening of neck muscles due to age, lifestyle, and genetic predisposition.
As we get older, the natural changes in hormone levels can cause our skin to become thinner and lose elasticity and collagen, resulting in visible wrinkles. Prolonged sun exposure and smoking can further exacerbate these signs of premature aging.
Neck bands, on the other hand, are vertical bands that are made when the muscles are tightened under the neck skin. The platysma muscle is a broad sheet of muscle that starts at the base of the skull and extends down to the clavicle. It helps to keep your neck muscles firm, but as we age, it becomes weaker and can cause loose skin in the area. This can lead to pronounced neck bands or vertical wrinkles in this area.
No matter how much neck cream or vitamin C serum you apply to these lines during your skincare routine, it might feel like they never go away. Necklace lines and neckbands can make you look older before your time, so it’s important to treat these lines if you want to create or enhance a more youthful appearance.
Causes of Neck Bands
If you’re particularly expressive with your neck (for example, you grimace a lot, clench your teeth, or you hold tension in your neck), you might notice that you have prominent neck bands.
Tech neck is an increasingly common condition caused by our modern lifestyle of spending too much time hunched over computers, phones, and tablets. This poor posture can cause the muscles in your neck to be constantly strained, leading to the appearance of neck bands and wrinkles. Neck bands are more visible when facial muscles are not used regularly enough. As such, it’s important to take regular breaks from technology and practice good posture throughout the day in order to reduce the appearance of neck bands and wrinkles.
In addition to the causes mentioned above, vertical neck bands can also be caused by sagging skin in the deeper layers of the skin. A combination of factors such as age, genetics, weight gain or loss, and environmental stressors like sun exposure can cause this.
How to Treat Them?
At Dr. Sean Doherty’s practice in Brookline, MA (also serving the greater metro Boston area), he has years of experience in effectively minimizing the appearance of neckbands and necklace lines. In order to treat neck bands and horizontal neck lines, consider undergoing the following surgical and nonsurgical treatments:
Necklace Lines Treatments
Necklace lines can be treated with tiny injections of Hyaluronic acid fillers, which is available in injections such as Juvederm Restylane. These dermal fillers help soften the appearance of necklace lines, making your neck smoother and younger-looking.
Necklace lines can also be treated with Lux IR, an infrared skin-tightening treatment that helps stimulate collagen production within the skin. This helps slowly minimize the appearance of neck lines over time, as well as tighten and firm the neck skin.
Neck Bands Treatments
Neck bands require very small injections of Boston Botox and Dysport, which are neurotoxins that help the bands relax. This effective treatment is known as the Nefertiti neck lift, as it helps smooth out the neck bands and creates a slender and attractive appearance.
For more severe cases of neck bands and wrinkles, a surgical procedure such as platysmaplasty or neck lift surgery may be indicated. And for a permanent solution to neckbands and wrinkles, a lower facelift can be a great option too. This kind of cosmetic surgery helps to remove loose, saggy skin from the neck area and provides a more youthful and smooth appearance.
In addition, collagen production is stimulated through this procedure, which further helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and give your neck a firmer and younger look. Botulinum toxin type A injections can be used to lessen the appearance of wrinkles in the neck area. These treatments are viable methods for reducing visible signs of aging in the neck, with plastic surgery potentially providing long-term results.
Is There Any Risk To Treat Neck lines and Bands?
Botulinum toxin injections are a popular treatment option for neck bands and wrinkles, as they are relatively non-invasive and can provide good results. The best Botox in Boston is administered directly to the injection sites surrounding the neck area, such as the platysma muscles. With this treatment, there is a small risk of bruising or infection in the neck area
However, this risk is minimized with proper technique and care when performing the injections. Nonsurgical options such as dermal fillers and infrared skin tightening treatments may also be used to reduce the appearance of neck bands and wrinkles with far fewer risks than a surgical procedure.
Consultation with Dr. Doherty!
It’s best to have these treatments administered by an expert injector like Dr. Doherty, as he has years of experience in delivering these delicate procedures. Dr. Doherty usually sees the patient two to three weeks after the initial Botox Boston injection to see if additional treatment is needed. It’s the ultimate answer for a youthful neck without requiring invasive surgery (specifically, a neck lift).
Schedule your consultation today at Dr. Doherty’s Brookline, MA office (serving the greater metro Boston, MA area). You can reach Dr. Doherty at (617) 996.7604 or just fill out the form in the top right corner.