Do you find yourself with neck folds resembling an accordion when you tilt your chin to look at your phone? The real reason for sagging neck and how to fix is fairly complex. However completely within reach. Neck folds accumulate through integrity changes in the collagen, elastin, and underlying muscles of your skin.
The platysma muscle is a thin, broad muscle that covers the front part of your neck and extends from the lower jaw to the collarbone. As we age, the platysma muscle ages shortening, stiffening, and weakening.
Platysmal bands, also known as vertical platysma bands, start becoming visible on the front of the neck as we age. More noticeable bands are in those with a lean build. Bands form due to the gradual separation and tightening of the muscle fibers. They can appear as prominent lines running from the lower jaw downwards, contributing to an aged and sagging neck and jawline appearance.
The base of the neck is supported by the trapezius muscle. By injecting Botox in the neck to atrophy that muscle can make your neck appear slimer and longer. But it’s not a healthy way to make your neck youthful. Trap muscle Botox called #BarbieBotox is a fad, we caution against it. trapezius muscle is for shoulder strength and stabilization and even has a role in spine support and stabilization as well.
Cosmetic Improvements to the Neck
Thankfully, there are various cosmetic procedures available to address platysmal bands and rejuvenate the neck area. Options such as neck lift surgery or minimally invasive treatments like Botox injections can significantly improve their appearance.
Additionally, microneedling combined with Radiofrequency and PRP therapy can be beneficial for tightening the neck skin. Ultherapy, a non-invasive treatment, uses focused ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen and elastin production, leading to firmer and tighter skin on the neck, chin, and other facial areas.
Maintaining a healthy diet, using sunscreen, exercising to strengthen the platysma muscle, and controlling weight loss to preserve muscle integrity are other helpful strategies in addressing the various causes of skin laxity.
Remember, seeking professional advice from a qualified healthcare provider is crucial to determine the most suitable options for your specific needs and goals.