A closer look at Neck Rejuvenation
The neck has always been a cause of concern for many people as skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles are not easy to hide with the onset of age. The neck area is difficult to treat and has thin skin, often requiring a combination of non-invasive treatments. Thus, neck rejuvenation treatments are sought after to achieve skin lifting and tightening, skin healing, deep skin hydration, and anti-ageing outcomes.
There are currently five well-known neck rejuvenation treatment options – Thermage FLX, HIFU, Rejuran, Botox, Profhilo, and Plasma Lift.
Read on to find out how each of these treatments can help with your neck concerns.
Thermage FLX is the 4th generation of Thermage technology. This non-invasive radiofrequency therapy helps smoothen, tighten and contour skin, reduce skin laxity, fine lines, and wrinkles for a younger-looking appearance.
A handheld device is pressed onto the treatment area to deliver heat to the inner layers of your skin while keeping the external layer of the skin cool. This heat sensation stimulates natural collagen production in the body, resulting in new collagen growth, which is key to revitalising the skin and reducing the appearance of loose skin beneath the jawline.
The gentle heating also remodels and tightens the existing collagen matrix, resulting in a skin lifting and tightening effect. This achieves a well-defined three-dimensional skin contour.
HIFU – High Intensity Focused Ultrasound
Ultraformer 3 (HIFU) is a HSA – approved 3rd generation medical-grade HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) non-invasive treatment that helps in skin tightening, lifting, and contouring.
It delivers high intensity focused ultrasound energy into deep layers of the skin at the depths of 1.5mm, 3mm, and 4.5mm. This triggers neo-collagenesis – a collagen renewal process that consists of heating the dermal and superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) layers. The process remodels existing collagen to remove wrinkles and reduce skin laxity while activating new collagen production, resulting in lifted and tightened skin.
As the ultrasound energy can reach deep into the SMAS layer, this enables muscle contraction in this layer, resulting in immediate skin tightening and lifting. This is the layer that surgeons tighten when performing a surgical facelift. HIFU also destroys targeted fat cells without damaging the skin. The body triggers a natural skin healing response, with cells regenerating to fill the gap. As a result, the layer of fat naturally exits the body, resulting in a smooth contour.
This makes HIFU treatment helpful for neck tightening, double chins, and jowl reduction.
To learn more about the difference between Ultraformer (HIFU) and Thermage FLX (RF), click here!
Rejuran is an injectable treatment that improves the skin’s self-regenerating capabilities, resulting in skin rejuvenation. It contains polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN), which has wound-healing capabilities. This substance is derived from the DNA of salmon sperm.
In particular, Rejuran is effective in treating horizontal necklines. These are linear etched lines that appear at a young age, becoming entrenched over time. Many factors contribute to horizontal necklines, such as sun exposure, genetics, and lifestyle factors such as cell phone addictions.
Rejuran’s healing properties also mean that eczema, acne, or scars can be treated. Fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and skin laxity are reduced, with an overall anti-ageing effect.
To find out more on Rejuran treatments, click here.
Botox is often done in combination with other neck rejuvenation treatments such as Thermage FLX or HIFU, Ultraformer.
For instance, the popular Nefertiti’s Lift (named after the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti) combines Botox and other therapies such as Ultraformer 3 to treat wrinkles caused by ageing and sun exposure.
The Nefertiti’s Lift targets the neck muscles called platysma bands, which are the two vertical muscles that start at the neck’s base, running up to the jaw. These muscles lose tautness over time as they are heavily utilised, resulting in skin laxity at the neck area.
During the Nefertiti’s Lift, muscle relaxing injections such as Botox, or Botulinum toxin, are injected into the neck to paralyse the Platysma neck muscles, reducing wrinkles and vertical necklines. This relaxes the muscles pulling down the jawline, thereby lifting and tightening the skin around the jawline.
The end result is a lifting effect around the lower jawline and smoother skin around the neck area.
To find out more on Botox, click here.
Profhilo is a dermal filler consisting of advanced hyaluronic acids with bio-remodeling properties that can restore skin epidermal structure. It is injected into the dermis to stimulate the production of more hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin, thereby treating skin laxity and hydrating the skin.
Hyaluronic acid is well known for its firming and plumping effect – it is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies, holding up to 1,000 times its own weight in hydration. Profhilo differs from a regular dermal filler as it does not superficially “fill” areas with less volume. Instead, it stimulates the natural skin renewal cycle, resulting in increased production of multiple types of collagen and elastin.
As Profhilo contains hyaluronic acids of differing molecular weights, it distributes itself smoothly and uniformly under the skin, resulting in a more comprehensive treatment. The impact is deeper than an injectable treatment. Once Profhilo is injected along the necklines and absorbed deep into the skin, it hydrates and rejuvenates your skin from the inside out, restoring volume and fullness. After a few days, you will observe the disappearance of neck wrinkles.
Overall, Profhilo is effective for deep and lasting skin hydration, especially for horizontal necklines and dry skin at the neck area. It targets skin laxity in the neck and décolletage area, resulting in a long-lasting and natural-looking lift.
To find out more on Profhilo treatment, click here.
The Plasma Lift uses nitrogen plasma energy, it is commonly used to lighten hyperpigmentation, remove necklines, tighten loose and saggy skin, and is suitable for all skin types and tones.
The plasma energy generated heats the skin’s surface to remove damaged epidermal cells and stimulates collagen growth and remodeling below the skin surface. This allows evenly distributed absorption and heating of targeted issues without disrupting the skin’s outer layer. Ageing skin is tightened in the dermis layer, while collagen growth is stimulated in the hypodermis layer.
A newer, healthier, and tighter skin layer is formed a few days after treatment. Though there is no damage to the skin, some patients may experience mild exfoliation during the process of new skin emerging. Plasma Lift is suitable for all skin tones, unlike some laser treatments that may not suit darker skin. It is also effective in treating all skin layers, as the doctor can control treatment depth by adjusting energy levels. Though popular as an eyelid treatment, Plasma Lift effectively treats fine necklines and tighten loose skin.
With advancements in medical research, there are many effective treatments for the neck area, which was traditionally not easy to treat. Now that you have a better understanding of each option, you can decide which is best suited to your needs. However, the specific treatment required will ultimately depend on the doctor’s diagnosis and assessment. Do reach out to the team at Zoe Medical who will be happy to assist.
Guide to Neck Rejuvenation Treatments
|Thermage FLX||Skin laxity, wrinkly neck, firming and tightening||Mild redness, swelling, may have dry skin||None||Slight improvements after initial treatment. Full effect about 2-6 months later. The result lasts for 1 years.|
|Ultraformer 3 (HIFU)||Skin laxity, double chin, deep skin firming and tightening||Slight redness||None||Slight improvements after initial treatment. Full effect within 2 to 3 months. Result lasts for 9-12 months|
|Rejuran||Anti-ageing, fine lines, horizontal necklines||Mild swelling and redness||1-3 days||Improved skin texture 5-7days post-treatment. Result lasts for 1-2 months.|
|Botox||Vertical neck lines, jawline lifting||Redness over injection site.||Minimal||Results are seen a week after treatment, lasts for around 4 – 6 months.|
|Profhilo||Wrinkly dry skin, deep skin hydration||Redness and swelling over injection site.||None||Youthful appearance in 1-2 days, results lasts up to 1 year.|
|Plasma Lift||Skin lifting and tightening||Minor scabbing, swelling and redness||2 – 3 days||Immediate lifting effect, 8-12 weeks for full effect, result lasts up to 1 year.|
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All information provided is purely for educational purposes only and does not constitute as medical advice.