As people get older, the neck tends to show signs of aging before the face. One of the first signs of aging is wrinkles and sagging skin in the neck. Prolonged sun exposure and smoking contribute to the appearance of aging, even in younger people. Although environment and lifestyle can impact the skin’s appearance, the main contributor to wrinkles is genetics.
The neck is very susceptible to aging because the skin on the neck is thin and does not have a lot of sebaceous glands to lubricate the skin. Many factors contribute to wrinkles in the neck in addition to sun exposure and smoking. Weight, diet and skin care routine can all be controlled to minimize risk of neck aging.
Minimizing exposure to the sun is important when wrinkles start to appear. UV exposure can not only cause skin to appear more aged in the neck and other exposed areas, it can cause red and brown spots to appear. The spotting also contributes to the look of aging. Any new moles or spots that appear on the body after age 30 should be examined by a dermatologist.
Significant weight loss can also make the skin on the neck appear aged. The normal breakdown of collagen and elastin makes the skin on the neck appear loose after weight loss. People who are concerned about the excess skin, wrinkling or other signs of neck aging can talk to their dermatologist about possible treatment options.
There are a variety of treatments for an aging neck including: chemical peels, laser treatments, thermage and injectable fillers. Be sure to consult with Dr. Zizmor for a treatment plan that will insure a more youthful-looking neck.