[By Carolina Harper]

In our ever progressing era of cosmetic enhancements, it is easy to soften facial lines, fill up under eye hollows and erase age spots with the snap of the fingers. Shaving off a few years from your face has never been easier. However, what sets apart the rookie and the aficionado of these“naturally youthful ladies” lie in oft-neglected areas such as the neck, hands and knees. Most ladies focus all their attention on their faces and are not attentive enough to age-related degeneration happening in off-face sites. Looking good and staying youthful should take on a more holistic approach but unfortunately, current trends show that women’s focus tends to be more myopic, with the bulk of aesthetic treatments targeted at problems on the face. In order to up your beauty game change, here’s a round-up of 5 telling signs of an aging neck, and how best to deal with them to keep your age and not your neck under wraps.

Banishing Platysmal Bands 

These unsightly muscular bands can be hereditary or they could appear with age. They tend to plague thinner women who are more expressive or use their neck muscles more, and are most prominent looking when you clench your teeth. Platysmal bands make your neck appear older than it really is. Secondly, these bands pull down on the skin at your jawline and lower face, making them more saggy looking than normal, serving you double whammy of a turkey neck.

TREAT IT: Botox for neck also known as the “Botox Neck Lift” or the elegant moniker, “Nefertiti Lift”, named after the Egyptian Queen known for her beautiful swan neck involves microinjections of botulinum toxin into the neck muscles to smoothen out these unsightly bands and along the underside of the jawline insmall, divided doses to give the lower face a subtle yet appreciable lift.

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Free Up your Double Trouble

You may not be overweight but you may still develop this unsightly though common problem. It can be due to an accumulation of fat, genetics, sagging skin or a combination of the above factors.A heavy double chin disrupts the smooth contours that constitute a desirable profile, often adding pounds and years to one’s actual weight and age.

TREAT IT: If you aren’t quite ready or open to the idea of going down the surgical route for Double Chin Reduction, Lipodissolve is your next best bet to free up your double trouble. By employing FDA-approved Kybella containing the active ingredient DeoxycholicAcid, Lipodissolve is performed via a serious of microinjections, literally melting down the undesirable pocket of under-jaw fat by destroying fat cells, reducing the appearance of submental fullness or double chins. Satisfactory outcome with both physical and emotional improvement is noted in nearly 70% of the thousands of patients treated, with an average of 3 to 5 sessions done at monthly intervals required. The positive effects of Lipodissolve can be further enhanced with non-surgical skin tightening modalities such as SygmaLift and Thermage, giving synergistic benefits in achieving better chin contouring and jawline definition for a youthful looking neck.

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Tackling Saggy Skin with Threads

A poorly defined jawline secondary to heavy jowls and double chin coupled with saggy overlying skin will not only affect the aesthetics of the chin and neck but the overall appearance as a whole.

TREAT IT: One of the major breakthroughs that’s fast gaining a cult following in recent years is the development of the newer generation of threads for facial lifting. Unlike older threads that are long and sized standardly, shorter variants which can be better manoeuvred are employed in the series of Infinity Instalift treatments performed by the trained specialist from the SW1 Clinic, allowing partial facelifting for selected area(s) that need to be fixed.

By weaving a supporting scaffolding with 100% biodegradeable PDO threads, the Infinity V Lift targets and tightens heavy jowls while the Infinity Neck Threadlift zooms in to selectively address the problems of  sagging neck skin and double chin, both improving upon the contours of the jawline to more youthful and desirable proportions. Depending on the amount of skin laxity, more or less threads (usually 4 to 8) are inserted to give the best outcome.The treated area is then taped overnight to ensure the quickest recovery time possible.Unlike older generation threads, PDO threads will completely disappear in 6 months’ time, but not before they cleverly stimulate your body to produce its own collagen to form a strong supporting latticework to secure the lifting effects well beyond the longevity of the threads inserted!

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Make Horizontal Neck Lines Disappear

Horizontal neck lines, at times referred to as necklace lines or neck rings because of the way they look, are bands or deep wrinkling etched into the skin that aren’t quite the accessories you wish to adorn if given the choice! Horizontal neck lines are something that we all have since young though they differ in prominence in different individuals, tend to look deeper and more obvious with age and affecting some more than others.

TREAT IT: Baby Drop Fillers for neck is the latest darling of A-listers looking for a skin-booster that will leave them looking natural yet ‘untouched’ by the hands of time (or the hands of a cosmetic surgeon). A special ‘designer’ needle and baby drops of a skin-boosting, tiny particle size, natural hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane Vital® and Juvederm Refine® works wonders when carefully placed along these undesirable neck lines to soften their appearance. To maximize your skin’s full inherent potential with negligible downtime if any, baby drop fillers is best done at monthly interval over 4 to 6 months, smoothening out wrinkles to impart glow and radiance to dull looking and lackluster skins.

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Rejuvenating photo-damaged skin

Not only is your neck a vital and visible part of your body, it is also the first area to show signs of aging, thanks to a triple whammy of sun exposure, general neglect and gravity. Because the skin in this area is thinner, it lacks elasticity or resilience and is equally, if not more prone to age spots, sagging, wrinkles and fine lines as our faces.

TREAT IT: Neck lasers go far beyond what serums and creams can offer, with the Fraxel Dual Laser bringing about total skin renewal to stubborn dark spots and reverse years of sun damage to the neck and décolletage. Its state-of-the -art Thulium 1927nm wavelength works remarkably well against targeted superficial brown pigmentation. Improving the texture, tone and color of your neck by affecting only a fraction of your skin at a time with thousands of tiny microscopic laser spots just like a photographic image that’s being restored, pixel by pixel, Fraxel Dual brings about overall rejuvenating benefits that refreshes the skin so that it looks younger, softer and smoother. A series of 4 to 6 sessions spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart is recommended to produce a gradual remodeling of the dermal matrix components collagen and elastin, leading to nothing short of a total skin rebirth of a photo-damaged neck.

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