It is often said that a person’s neck and cleavage betray their age, is this true and why?
Dr. Tremblay: I would say that this reality can be true, but it does not have to be.
This mismatch between the face and the neck or décolleté occurs when a person performs corrective and preventive anti-aging treatments on the face but neglects to pay attention to the area just below it over the years. It is therefore imperative to include the neck and décolleté areas in our care plan in order to maintain consistency and harmony.
How can premature aging of the neck and cleavage be prevented?
Dr. Tremblay: Prevention begins first and foremost with a good daily routine. Cleansing, exfoliation, serum with antioxidants and peptides, moisturizing and sun protection are the essentials. Some anti-aging products are specially designed to meet the needs of this sensitive skin area. For those who want an immediate “glow” effect, the BelaMD professional skin care product is ideal for enhancing the face, neck and décolleté.
What treatments are available to rejuvenate the neck and décolleté?
Dr. Tremblay: Botox injections in the neck can reduce horizontal wrinkles and improve the tone and definition of the neck. This fast and convalescence-free treatment is often referred to as the “Nefertiti lift”.
Hyaluronic acid injections such as Juvederm and Teosyal in the form of a “liquid lift” are used to tighten the lower face and reduce neck sagging. Visible results occur immediately and continue to improve over 2 to 4 weeks. For women, the aim is to soften the oval of the face and for men to define or accentuate the shape of the jawline.
Microneedling-Radiofrequency (MRF) is another technology that targets the needs of the neck and décolleté. This device induces skin tightening and stimulates the production of collagen in the superficial and deep dermis. This technique combines well with Botox and hyaluronic acid injections for optimal results.
Finally, laser treatments for pigment spots and skin texture provide advanced restorative benefits to repair sun damage. But we are not there yet. More on that in the fall.
Until then, enjoy your summer. Get out in the fresh air, exercise, reconnect and celebrate with family and friends.
See you soon at MedIME!
Dr. JF Tremblay