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There are many cosmetic treatments available for rejuvenation of the face and neck. Here we will discuss treatments to address specific concerns with the lower face and neck.
What changes occur in the lower face and neck over time?
The majority of changes associated with aging in the lower face result from loss of collagen and volume loss. Collagen is the protein that keeps the skin firm, tight, and youthful in appearance. Over time and with sun damage, we lose collagen. It is broken down faster and we make less of it. Also, the bone structure in the face changes. For example, the bones in the upper cheeks move downward and inward. At the same time the fat pads in this area move downward. Together this leads to a descent of the lower face. We start to see laugh lines (from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth) and sometimes they continue to the jawline as marionette lines. Loose skin and wrinkles are seen in the lower face and neck. The jawline definition is also reduced as we see the formation of jowls.
Restoring Volume in the Mid-Face
Voluma is a filler that is used to restore lost volume in the mid-face. Voluma is placed on the upper cheek bones and provides and immediate volumizing and lifting effect. Voluma will restore the youthful apple of the cheeks and pull up on the lower face to address many of these changes seen as we age. The active ingredient in Voluma is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar found in the skin that draws water into the area to provide volume. You will see your results with Voluma right away and enjoy these results for one to two years depending on how much product is used.
Creating More Collagen
There are a number of ways to create more collagen in the skin. First it is important to use good skin care products to protect your skin. This includes daily sunscreen along with products such as retin-A and vitamin C, which stimulate collagen formation and protect your skin from damage. Treatments such as laser skin tightening and Ultra Microneedling will help this even more. These treatments stimulate your body to produce its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen. This helps with wrinkles and loose skin. It will pull the skin from above and below, providing a natural lift.
Treating Wrinkles in the Lower Face
Marionette lines and fine lines around the mouth can be treated with fillers. Vollure is an outstanding product that provides natural and long-lasting results for the laugh lines and marionette lines. Vollure can also be used to volumize the lips. Fine lines around the mouth are best treated using Volbella, another filler that works well to fill in the small lines without providing much volume.
Getting Rid of the Double Chin
Kybellla is a great treatment to get rid of the double chin. Kybellla is the first and thus far only FDA-approved, non-surgical, injectable treatment for the double chin. The active ingredient in Kybellla is a salt found in the body that is used to digest that fat that you eat. When Kybellla is placed in the skin Kybellla will dissolve the fat and it’s naturally eliminated by the body over time. Most people have two to four session Kybellla spaced every three months. A series of laser skin tightening treatments between the first and second Kybellla sessions will give even better results.
Defining the Jawline
Some people have a weak chin or jaw bone. Fillers such as Voluma can be used to enhance a weak chin and the corner of the jawline. This provides a natural result and can make the face look more balanced. Also, Botox can be used in what is called the Nefertiti Neck Lift to relax the muscle in the neck. This muscle pulls down on the lower face. When relaxed with Botox, it will provide a natural and subtle lift to the lower face to complement the other treatments described here.
Rather than simply having one treatment done, most people find that they get the best results when combining many or all of these treatments. These combinations address all of the different aspects associated with aging: volume loss, collagen loss, buildup of fat under the chin, and relaxing muscles.
Do you have loose skin or wrinkles on your neck that concern you? With laser skin tightening you can get rid of those wrinkles to have a youthful and smooth neck.
How to wrinkles form on the neck?
As we age there are many changes that occur in our body and on the skin. The body slowly decreases the amount of collagen that it produces. Collagen is the protein in the skin that keeps it firm, tight, and youthful in appearance. When collagen levels decrease the skin becomes loose and wrinkles are seen. There are other factors that can contribute to this appearance as well. Sunlight damages the skin and destroys the collagen. Therefore, it is important to protect the skin on the face, neck, and entire body with sunscreen every day. Dr. Alex recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 with UVA and UVB protection. Smoking also affects the skin in the same way, leading to wrinkles. It is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle by drinking enough water every day, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly. These activities will prevent wrinkle formation.
How can I treat wrinkles on my neck?
Laser skin tightening is an easy, non-invasive, and no down-time way to significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the neck (and in other places) without surgery, incisions, or anesthesia. Laser skin tightening works by using gentle micro-pulses of infrared light to slowly warm up the deeper layers of the skin. This tells your body to form its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen. As a result, the skin will appear smoother and more youthful. The laser skin tightening treatment is very easy. You don’t even need any numbing cream. The skin is first cleaned and gel is applied to transmit the light. You will be given protective goggles or glasses for your eyes. The laser skin tightening treatment takes about ten minutes and is very comfortable. Dr. Alex recommends an initial series of six to eight laser skin tightening treatments. The laser skin tightening are performed every one to two weeks.
When will I see results and how long will they last?
The laser skin tightening leads to the formation of collagen. But collagen does not grow overnight. Just like the wrinkles did not appear right away, they will not go away right away. Results are seen slowly over the course of the laser skin tightening sessions. You will see full results approximately three months after you last laser skin tightening treatment. After the initial series of six to eight laser skin tightening sessions, Dr. Alex recommends a single laser skin tightening treatment every three months to maintain your results and to protect your investment. The patient shown here had five laser skin tightening treatment sessions.
Laser Skin Tightening Demonstration
As the winter is ending and the spring is beginning, it’s time to think about shaping up your body for the summer. Here we talk about laser skin tightening and how it can help you get in shape to wear a bikini in a few months.
Why does the skin become loose?
In youth we have an abundance of collagen in the skin. Collagen is the protein that keeps the skin firm, tight, and youthful in appearance. As we mature the amount of collagen decreases naturally and with sun damage. This leads to loose skin, sagging, and wrinkles and can occur anywhere on the body. The area on the body that concerns most patients is the face. However, the appearance of the rest of the body is very important, especially as the warmer months are upcoming and more skin is exposed.
How does laser skin tightening work?
With laser skin tightening we can tighten the skin and decrease the appearance of wrinkles. Laser skin tightening works by using gentle micro-pulses of infrared light to slowly warm up the deeper layers of the skin. This triggers the skin to form its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen. As a result, wrinkles will be decreased and the skin will appear tighter as seen in the before and after picture shown here.
What is the laser skin tightening treatment like?
The laser skin tightening treatment is very easy. Numbing cream is not necessary because the laser skin tightening treatment itself is completely painless. After photographs are taken the area is cleansed and gel is applied to the skin. The laser is passed back and forth on the area to warm the skin to a specific target temperature and is kept at that temperature for a few minutes. The laser skin tightening treatment takes anywhere from ten to 30 minutes depending on the size of the area. The laser skin tightening treatment is repeated six to eight times every week and improvement is seen slowly over the course of this time. After the initial series a single laser skin tightening treatment is recommended once every three months. This will keep the collagen stimulated and thereby keep the skin tight.
Laser Skin Tightening Demonstration
There is no recovery time after a laser skin tightening treatment. The area may be red and/or swollen for a few hours. But most people resume their normal activities right away.