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September 28, 2020

How to Smooth and Rejuvenate Your Neck (Now that Zoom has Shown You What it Really Looks Like)

Board-certified cosmetic surgeons reveal how to end the neck nightmare. 


 

If you’ve spent more than five minutes on Zoom while working from home this year, you’ve probably noticed a few things about your appearance that you wished you hadn’t. There’s nothing like an unfiltered video conference to reveal those age-related necklace lines, neckbands, and crepe-like skin. 

 

Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ben Talei

 

While we can’t blame COVID-19 for the way we look on camera, the current work-from-home dynamic has fueled a surge in neck procedures. Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ben Talei says, “My first five face and neck lifts when I returned to work were for famous men I had admired since childhood. Not one of them had ever even gotten Botox! After doing Zoom calls and FaceTime for months, they noticed neck issues they’d never paid attention to before. Thanks to COVID-19, they would have time to actually recover without anyone noticing.”  

 

The Telltale Signs of Neck Aging

 

Dr. Kay Durairaj, a Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

 

If the skin on your neck looks older than the skin on your face, you can blame it on a reduction in collagen. “The neck and face age at the same rate, but the neck seems to age so much faster because each side of the face loses volume and tissue elasticity.” The result is less resilient, sagging skin that tends to lay differently against the neck than it does on the face.  Dr. Kay Durairaj, a Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon, says that UV damage also contributes to textural changes and muscle weakness.

 

  • Beautytap Advisors (aestheticians, facialists, makeup artists, and beauty professionals) recommend this sunscreen to prevent UV damage. 

 

Epicuren Discovery Zinc Oxide Perfecting Sunscreen SPF 27 ($43)

 

Wattle Woes and Necklace Lines

 

You’ve probably heard the phrase “turkey neck” and likely loathe it as much as the term “age spots.” Most of us think that wattle is a pocket of extra fat. In truth, “turkey neck is caused by laxity [looseness] and drooping of both muscle and skin. The platysma muscle and skin hold tight in our younger years.  Over time, these tissues pull-down and weaken, causing some people to have a single turkey gobbler or bilateral bands.”

 

Excess skin on the neck of an elderly woman or “turkey neck”

 

While neckbands run vertically from the jawline to the décolletage area, necklace lines run horizontally and parallel to the shoulders. Neckbands are more pronounced on thinner necks, and necklace lines are a result of collagen loss. P.S. If you’re spending a lot of time staring at your phone, “tech neck”  – horizontal lines resulting from looking down too long – can happen at any age! 

 

Exercise, Prevention, and Less Invasive Options

 

Despite hundreds of internet articles touting neck exercises as a way to eliminate or prevent wrinkles, Dr. Talei says they don’t really improve the signs of aging. Skin texture, however, can be improved says Dr. Durairaj via “lymphatic massage with a good moisturizer.” She also recommends taking collagen supplements, using vitamin C serums, exfoliating regularly, and diligently applying sunscreen.

 

Restorsea Repairing Neck and Decollatage Treatment ($150)

 

  • Beautytap Advisors (aestheticians, facialists, makeup artists, and beauty professionals) recommend this treatment product for the neck and décolletage area.

 

As for fillers, Dr. Talei recommends Restylane® Defyne, a cutting-edge hyaluronic acid gel filler that “can help create a nicely defined jawline.” His favorite technique is the Profound Microneedle Radiofrequency Procedure, which combines needles and energy to “stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.”

 

Dr. Durairaj’s most common neck procedure is a neck wash, which involves injecting Radiesse, a hyper-dilute hydroxylapatite filler, evenly across the neck. It does more than simply fill lines. It “spreads throughout the neck, stimulates collagen growth, and improves crinkling, textural changes, crepiness, and loss of elasticity.”

 

Neck Lifts, Face Lifts, and Practical Advice Regarding Choosing A Specialist

 

For patients with considerable skin sagging, surgery is the best option, but seeking a standalone neck lift won’t necessarily give you the best results. Undergoing a face and neck lift simultaneously creates a unified appearance, and many of Dr. Durairaj’s facelift patients return for a neck lift because it results in “a smoother and slimmer profile and improves visible signs of aging in the face, jawline, and neck.” 

 

Just be sure to do your homework before selecting a specialist, be it injector or surgeon. Review before and after photos and scrutinize them for obvious changes in lighting, makeup, or retouching. And, doublecheck your injector’s credentials instead of simply shopping for a bargain. “An injector with anatomical knowledge and an eye for aesthetics,” Dr. Durairaj says, “will help patients achieve optimal results.” 

Tracy is a "quality over quantity" word girl fascinated by eagles and life in a small SoCal mountain community. She believes in the now, has written professionally for 30+ years, and worships at the alters of serum and Sulwhasoo.

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COMMENTS 14

tezzsong

I can't wait to use the products!

tracyteel

Since writing this article, I finished my first full bottle of Restorsea and have to say I'm very impressed. It's not a miracle (that would be too easy) but it has really changed the texture of my neck. I'm definitely repurchasing. Let me know if you decide to try it. I'd love to compare notes. :)

tracyteel

Did you get a chance to sample the Restorsea neck treatment yet? I started layering SanDaWha's camellia cream over it during the day since the weather is cooling down, and I'm really pleased.

jamac

Helpful article! While I do not see many telltale signs of this being an area of high concern for me just yet, I think it's never too early to be proactive about any area of self-care you want to address. I already got the sample size of Restorsea to try and look forward to seeing long term use results. Proactive beauty regimens are healthy, committed regimens that end up being worth it in the long run.

tracyteel

I couldn't agree more! As the old saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Keep doing what you're doing, and hopefully you'll stay ahead of the curve. Restorsea is excellent and well worth the investment.

sarahcontreras

Great read! Thanks for the article! :)

hui.milly

Tech neck? check. Necklace lines? check. My neck is definitely aging faster than my face. I just got the full bottle of the Restorsea, bcuz the samples I tried for my neck and face seems to make my skin more supple and hydrated thruout the night. Its more softer & more supple. I also have recently put Vit c on my neck as well. Great article, Tracy!

tracyteel

Thanks, Milly. I'm glad you found it helpful. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts after you finish your first bottle of Restorsea. I say "first" because, like me, you'll probably become a loyal Restorsea girl. It really makes a difference in texture, and my crepe-y "old lady" skin is much smoother. Keep putting your vitamin C serum on there as well. I use a few drops on my hands, too. 🥰Now ... where did I put that time machine? LOL!

hui.milly

Last week, I already signed up to receive Patti Pao's newsletter. I was very interested in learning about its' 35 patented ingredients. I also feel like I joined a very exclusive private club. So, its very exciting for me. So the word, "probably" should be "very likely", a loyal Restorsea girl. Haha! .. I do put the Vit C on my neck. and then rub the rest on my hands, as you have suggested. I dont know if it is the Vit C or Restorsea or both on my neck thats doing the work. Both seems to be... Read more

falcon10980

Great knowledgeable advice! I definitely feel that your neck shouldn’t be ignored. If you spend time on your skin , body and hair, the neck area is just as important. :)

angelae

Great article Tracy! You always have excellent information and recommendations for women of a certain age. Thank you.

tracyteel

Thank you, Angela! There are plenty more where this one came from. Nothing like life over 50 for inspiration. 🥰

vanessaramn

This is such a useful article. You ever have those days when you accidently open your front camera on your face and see your face up close and personal. Sometimes its unpleasant...lol. This article could help save us from those days

saramoreno

I am not surprised that Restorsea and Epicuren were brought up in this article. Great products.