As you age the skin around your neck may become saggy and wrinkled. This is caused by decreased muscle tone and diminishing fat beneath the skin. Over-exposure to the sun or a lifetime of smoking will accelerate this process. Avoiding these elements and keeping the skin well-moisturized can help to prevent a saggy neck.
Performing facial exercises on a regular basis can help prevent a saggy neck. Sit up straight with your head tilted backwards. Open your mouth slightly, and stretch the tip of your tongue toward your chin as far as you can. Hold for a count of 10, then return to a normal position.
Doctors from the Emory University School of Medicine have produced an artificial implant which they call a sling. When inserted under the neck skin the sling will stretch from earlobe to earlobe. This is a permanent implant intended to retain tissue tautness and prevent saggy skin. A survey completed by 99 patients revealed that one year after receiving the implant only eight of them were disappointed with the results. No participant had experienced any discomfort and most declared the procedure worth recommending.
Cosmetic surgery is another solution to improve a saggy neck. A cosmetic surgeon will commonly perform liposuction and then remove any excess tissue. Another alternative used in the early stages is the micro neck lift, which involves making tiny cuts beneath the chin and behind the ears. Patients of both sexes and all ages may opt for these procedures; not only do they improve the appearance of aging necks, but they can also reduce sagging caused by other factors, such as rapid weight loss.
There are many topical creams on the market that are formulated specifically for the neck, but there is no evidence they work better than any other moisturizers of wrinkle cream. Neck creams are produced to take care of the area by moisturizing and hydrating the skin. Some are especially designed for sagging skin or wrinkles and may contain matrixyl, which helps to promote skin cell growth. Other ingredients used for dry neck skin are hyaluronic acid and shea butter. There is no evidence to support the claim that taking hyaluronic acid by mouth or applying it topically to the skin can prevent wrinkles or other changes associated with aging, so you may want to stick with lower-cost moisturizers that don't make unproven claims.
Laser treatments can help to rejuvenate the skin. Lasers are often used to treat skin blemishes and scars, and have also be found to be effective for tightening the skin. A treatment known as laser resurfacing is for the treatment of more serious scarring, heavy wrinkles or growths which may be cancerous. Laser resurfacing is not the same as a face lift but may slow down or diminish the need for more invasive surgery. Talk to your physician to determine the best option for you.