The Daily Mail Nip & Tuck 28th August 2017
The Nip & Tuck articles by Dr Tracy Mountford appear weekly, in print and online, in the Monday ‘Inspire’ section. In this week’s column, a reader asks if anything can be done about her neck wrinkles:
I hate my neck wrinkles, is there anything I can do?
Dr Mountford explains that skin quality on the neck deteriorates with age, with the main contributors being genetic predisposition and lifestyle factors such as smoking, sun damage and fluctuations in weight. They make the neck wrinkle, sag and droop, which is known as having ‘turkey neck’.
You can opt for a surgical procedure to correct this which tightens and lifts the skin and muscle. The downtime for this type of procedure is 2-4 weeks and the scars are hidden behind the ears. However, if you’d prefer a non-surgical solution, the ‘Nefertiti lift‘ will smooth and relax the neck muscles by injecting muscle relaxant into the the visible strips of muscle that run from the jawline down the neck – the platysmal bands. Results are seen in 7-14 days and top-ups are needed around 3 times a year.
Profhilo is another treatment option. This has been developed to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to renew the skin from within. This helps to restore firmness and improve laxity of the skin by injecting just beneath the skin’s surface and results can be seen quickly. It generally comprises two treatments, one month apart, followed by annual maintenance.