When it comes to the first noticeable signs of aging, most of us think of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. However, when women reach their late 40s, one of the most common signs of aging they notice is the sagging skin around the chin and neck. The aging of this area, often referred to as a ‘turkey neck’ becomes problematic for men too.
As we age, the skin below the chin down to the upper chest shows the signs of aging from sun exposure and other elements. It also begins to naturally loose its tightness and youthful elasticity, as well as develop tiny pockets of fatty tissue, all which contribute to the sagging appearance.
Skin around our necks actually ages faster than facial skin, as the skin is thinner, and therefore more prone to dryness, damage, deep lines and loss of elasticity. Women typically see noticeable signs of aging and the loss of a defined neckline in their late 30s, and more prominent changes such as colour and age spots, loose skin, and deep, permanent necklines by their early 50s.
Turkey necks no doubt look as unflattering as they sound, and a majority of clients who express interest in cosmetic procedures are keen to restore this area.
At Skinfidelity, we recommend microneedling as the first step to restore sagging skin around the chin and neck. Microneedling aims to tighten the sagging skin in order to give it a significant lift, resulting in a more youthful appearance. Effective microneedling treatments can take up to a decade off of your appearance, simply by targeting and improving this specific area.
Microneedling involves creating ‘micro injuries’ to the skin’s epidermis. It stimulates the body’s natural reaction to start the wound healing process, which triggers the production of collagen and elastin. As a result, the skin grows back firmer, smoother, and more youthful.
There are several types of microneedling which use different tools, but at Skinfidelity, we use the safest microneedling technology on the planet: The SkinPen®, the first and only device both FDA approved and used internationally.
Why did we choose the SkinPen®?
- Safest device on the international market
- First device with a C.E. mark and I.S.O. certification
- Approved by both Health Canada and the FDA
The SkinPen® is a microneedling pen- a state-of-the-art tool which has taken over from ‘derma roller’ devices. Microneedling pens are more favoured in the medical cosmetic industry as they are more precise than the rollers, making them a better choice to treat specific target areas. By penetrating vertically, they have less of a chance of causing unnecessary damage to the skin than rollers, which penetrate the skin on an angle.
How does the SkinPen® treat a ‘turkey neck’?
- Reduces the signs of aging including sun spots, deep lines, loose skin
- Softens the appearance of stretch marks
- Generates firmer, smoother, tighter skin
Microneedling to treat sagging skin around the chin and neck is a minimally invasive treatment with minimal downtime. Most clients can return to their normal routines after the treatment, while avoiding strenuous exercise, staying out of the sun, and a few other activities. Redness and swelling may be present for up to 48 hours after treatment.
Most clients notice an improvement in their skin around the neckline right away, but the natural repair process stimulates new skin cell production for several weeks. The maximum benefits of SkinPen® microneedling are seen several months later, when repeating treatments every 4 weeks.
Prevention is key when maintaining a youthful neckline, therefore we highly recommend extending your facial skincare routine to your neck and chest. Using daily serums containing Hyaluronic Acid to boost skin cell turnover, and antioxidant vitamins to nourish your skin will maximize the results of microneedling treatments.