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We do so much to take care of our skin. This is evident in our skincare routine, which can be very simple or very complicated depending on your needs.
Whether you’re the type to just cleanse and moisturize well or the type with more than ten steps in your skincare routine, one thing is clear: you aren’t taking care of your neck skin nearly as much as you take care of your facial skin.
What are the causes of neck wrinkles?
There are many factors that can cause neck wrinkles. One of these is that inevitable skin aging as we age when the skin begins to lose its thickness, firmness, and elasticity.
This is because the skin’s production of important proteins like collagen and elastin due to aging, which makes the skin more susceptible to damage caused by environmental factors. This leads to sun damage-related skin discoloration and wrinkles.
Now if you’re already worried about wrinkles, you’re probably using an anti-aging cream or a similar product for your face, however, you may have forgotten using it on your neck too. It’s important to include your neck when you’re using something on your face because the neck skin is originally thinner than facial skin, making it more susceptible to skin aging.
Excessive sun exposure, smoking, drinking, and gravity are all factors that can cause neck wrinkles. Though you can’t exactly control gravity, you can limit your sun exposure, alcohol consumption, and your cigarette smoking to avoid worsening or promoting premature skin aging.
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Do you have horizontal neck wrinkles?
According to dermatologist Dr. Robert Anolik, horizontal neck wrinkles are as normal as palm lines, but they can be quite severe in some cases.
One of the factors that may be worsening your horizontal neck wrinkles are what Dr. Anolik calls the “tech neck”, which is when you constantly look down on your phone or a similar device.
Other factors that may influence your horizontal neck wrinkles and how severe they are is how you sleep, how your head sits on your shoulders, how long your neck is, how much you bend your neck, how you exercise, and even your genes.
It’s important to understand that while you can’t control some of these factors, you should consider how you can avoid or control the factors that you can, like avoiding curling up when sleeping or maintaining proper posture.
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What you can do when caring for neck wrinkles
Prevention is definitely the best thing you can do for your skin if you want to avoid premature skin aging, but if you already have neck wrinkles the next best thing is caring for your neck wrinkles.
It pays to limit your exposure to the factors that can cause premature skin aging, This can mean quitting smoking, limiting your alcohol consumption, or protecting yourself from the sun with sunscreen and other products with enough SPF to keep your skin looking healthy.
It’s also important to have a skincare routine that is thorough enough to cover all your needs while still being simple enough that you can do it every night. As long as you’re cleansing, moisturizing, and exfoliating, your skin care routine should be enough.
There are some people who have more than 10 steps in their skin care routine but, while that’s good, you don’t need to make it more complicated than it should that it would actually prevent you from doing it every night.
Remember to always keep yourself hydrated and pay attention to your diet, both of which are very simple yet very effective ways to take care of your skin.
You should also avoid doing anything that would further damage your skin, like using indoor tanning services which can worsen skin aging.
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What is the treatment for neck wrinkles?
Even if your neck wrinkles is actually caused by natural skin aging, there are things you can do to prevent it from getting worse or to improve its appearance.
One of the most basic treatments for neck wrinkles is your skincare routine itself. Knowing how to take care of your skin well is the key to having healthy-looking skin, after all. Opt for products that would moisturize your skin effectively while also having anti-aging properties, both of which are very important for improving the appearance of your skin.
It’s also good to correct or limit doing things that would further worsen your neck wrinkles, according to New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, as is the case with “tech neck”.
“The more we engage in activities that lead to the folding of the skin, the earlier lines and wrinkles will start to set in,” Zeichner told InStyle. “We are bending our heads down and folding the skin on the neck now more than ever. It is likely that this has contributed to the increase in neck wrinkles that we are seeing even in younger patients.”
There are also surgical treatments available that may help improve the appearance of neck wrinkles, which may be especially useful for severe cases.
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Getting fillers for neck wrinkles
Fillers for neck wrinkles are one of the non-invasive surgical treatments you can get for your neck wrinkles. These are injected into the problematic areas and work by filling in the empty space underneath the skin that forms the wrinkles as a result of the breakdown of collagen and elastin.
There hyaluronic, synthetic, collagen, and autologous fillers, which all have both benefits and risks so make sure to consult your doctor about them before deciding to undergo any of these treatments. Generally, fillers last for 4 to 12 months.
There are side effects associated with getting fillers like benign bumps and a potentially permanent bluish tinge on the skin. In extreme cases, blindness and nerve paralysis are also possible.
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Getting a laser treatment for neck wrinkles
Another treatment option is to get a laser treatment for neck wrinkles. It is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a laser to heat up the collagen under the surface of the skin, which will cause the skin to contract and tighten.
Aside from that, the laser treatment for neck wrinkles would also encourage new collagen growth in problematic areas, which would lead to a healthy-looking, youthful skin.
The results are immediately noticeable, but you may need to get a few more subsequent laser treatments to maintain the improvements. If you undergo laser treatment, you may experience side effects like skin sensitivity, bruising, and temporary changes in skin color.
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