The ageing process affects various body parts, including the neck, due to skin elasticity loss, collagen depletion, muscle weakening, fat redistribution, and sun damage. The neck is particularly susceptible to visible signs of ageing because the skin in this area is delicate and tends to lose elasticity over time. These changes can result in sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines, and a loss of definition in the neck and jawline.

Here are some important points that we consider at Tracey bell that may interest you.

Factors that Contribute to Neck Ageing:

  1. Skin Elasticity Loss: As we age, the skin loses its elasticity and ability to bounce back, leading to sagging and wrinkles.
  2. Collagen Depletion: Collagen, a protein that provides structure to the skin, decreases with age, causing the skin to thin and lose its youthful appearance.
  3. Muscle Weakening: The neck muscles, like any other body, weaken and lose tone over time, contributing to a sagging or drooping neck.
  4. Fat Redistribution: Fat may redistribute in the neck area, resulting in a loss of youthful contours and the appearance of a double chin.
  5. Sun Damage: Prolonged sun exposure accelerates the ageing process, causing skin damage, discolouration, and wrinkles.

Treatment Options for Neck Ageing:

  1. Skin Boosters: Skin boosters involve injecting hyaluronic acid or other hydrating substances into the skin to improve its quality, hydration, and elasticity. This can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  2. Botox (Botulinum Toxin): Botox is used to relax the muscles in the neck, reducing the appearance of dynamic wrinkles and creating a smoother neck profile.
  3. CO2 Lasers: CO2 lasers can stimulate collagen production and improve skin texture by targeting fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. They work by causing controlled damage to the skin, promoting the growth of new, healthier skin.
  4. Dermal Fillers: Dermal fillers, often made of hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxyapatite, can be injected to fill in deep wrinkles and hollow areas, restoring volume and a more youthful appearance.
  5. RADIESSE (Calcium Hydroxylapatite): RADIESSE is a dermal filler that adds volume to the skin and stimulates collagen production, providing long-lasting results.
  6. COOLMINI: COOLMINI is a non-surgical treatment that uses controlled cooling to target and eliminate fat cells in the submental (under the chin) area, reducing the appearance of a double chin.
  7. Surgical Options: Surgical options, such as a neck lift or neck liposuction, involve removing excess skin, tightening muscles, and contouring the neck to achieve a more youthful and defined appearance. These procedures typically provide more significant and long-lasting results compared to non-surgical options.

It’s essential to consult on all options and treatments available to you.

Here are some that are popular at Our Clinics in more detail:

Skin Boosters

Skin boosters are a type of aesthetic treatment designed to improve the quality and appearance of the skin. They typically involve injecting substances, often hyaluronic acid (HA), into the skin to hydrate, rejuvenate, and stimulate collagen production. While skin boosters are commonly used on the face, they can also be effectively utilised on the neck to address signs of ageing and improve skin texture.

How Skin Boosters Work on the Neck:

  1. Hydration and Moisturisation: Hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, is a key component of skin boosters. When injected into the skin, HA attracts and retains water, providing deep hydration and improving moisture levels. This helps to plump the skin, making it look firmer and more youthful.
  2. Collagen Stimulation: HA injections can stimulate collagen production in the skin. Collagen is a protein that provides structure and elasticity to the skin. By encouraging the skin to produce more collagen, skin boosters can help improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  3. Smoothing and Lifting: Skin boosters can have a filling effect, filling in small wrinkles and lines. This can result in a smoother, more even skin surface. It can also contribute to a subtle lifting effect, enhancing the neck’s contours.
  4. Improving Skin Texture: By enhancing skin hydration, promoting collagen synthesis, and providing a plumping effect, skin boosters can help improve the overall texture of the skin on the neck. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with crepey or crinkling skin in the neck area.

Procedure for Skin Boosters on the Neck:

  1. Consultation: An initial consultation with a professional is essential to assess the patient’s skin condition, discuss expectations, and determine the appropriate treatment plan.
  2. Preparation: The treatment area is cleansed, and a topical anaesthetic may be applied to minimise discomfort during the procedure.
  3. Injection: Using fine needles, the skin booster solution (hyaluronic acid) is injected into the targeted areas of the neck. The injections are typically done in a specific pattern to ensure even distribution.
  4. Massage: After the injections, the practitioner may gently massage the treated area to distribute the product and optimise results evenly.
  5. Aftercare: Patients are usually advised to avoid excessive sun exposure, saunas, and intense physical activity for a day or two after the treatment. The practitioner may provide specific aftercare instructions.

Benefits of Skin Boosters on the Neck:

  • Improved Hydration: Enhanced hydration helps the neck area look more rejuvenated and plump.
  • Collagen Stimulation: Encourages the skin to produce more collagen, improving skin elasticity and firmness.
  • Natural-Looking Results: Skin boosters provide subtle and natural-looking results, enhancing the neck’s appearance without looking overly artificial.
  • Minimal Downtime: Skin booster treatments typically involve minimal downtime, allowing individuals to resume their normal activities shortly after the procedure.

Skin boosters can be performed as a standalone treatment or in combination with other aesthetic procedures to achieve comprehensive rejuvenation and anti-ageing effects for the neck.

CO2 Laser Treatment – We love this treatment used alone or in combination.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) laser skin resurfacing is a popular and effective treatment used to address various skin concerns, including signs of ageing, on the neck and other areas of the body. The CO2 laser targets water molecules in the skin, ablates or removes thin layers of damaged or aged skin, and stimulates collagen production, which helps skin tighten and rejuvenate.

How CO2 Laser Works on the Neck:

  1. Fractional Ablation: CO2 lasers deliver fractional ablative technology, meaning they treat only a fraction of the skin’s surface in a grid-like pattern. This allows for faster healing and reduced downtime compared to traditional ablative lasers.
  2. Ablation and Thermal Stimulation: The laser ablates the skin’s surface, removing damaged skin cells and stimulating the production of collagen and elastin in the deeper layers of the skin. The heat generated by the laser helps tighten the skin.
  3. Collagen Remodeling: The controlled thermal injury to the skin prompts the body to initiate a wound-healing response, leading to collagen remodelling. New collagen fibres replace the damaged ones, resulting in smoother, tighter skin.

Benefits of CO2 Laser on the Neck:

  1. Skin Tightening: CO2 lasers can effectively tighten loose or sagging skin on the neck by stimulating collagen production, improving skin elasticity and firmness.
  2. Wrinkle Reduction: The laser treatment targets fine lines, wrinkles, and creases on the neck, resulting in smoother and more youthful skin.
  3. Improvement of Skin Texture: CO2 laser treatments help refine the skin’s texture, reducing roughness, acne scars, and other skin irregularities.
  4. Hyperpigmentation and Sun Damage Reduction: The laser can also address hyperpigmentation, sunspots, and other pigment irregularities caused by sun exposure.
  5. Customisable Treatment: The intensity and depth of the CO2 laser can be adjusted based on the individual’s skin type, concerns, and desired outcome, allowing for a customised treatment approach.

Procedure for CO2 Laser Treatment on the Neck:

  1. Consultation: A thorough consultation with a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon is crucial to assess the patient’s skin, discuss expectations, and determine the appropriate treatment plan.
  2. Preparation: The neck area is thoroughly cleansed, and a topical anaesthetic or local anaesthetic may be applied to ensure the patient’s comfort during the procedure.
  3. Laser Application: The CO2 laser is applied to the targeted areas of the neck, delivering short pulses of laser energy to remove the top layers of the skin.
  4. Post-Treatment Care: After the procedure, patients are given specific post-treatment instructions, which typically include keeping the treated area clean, avoiding sun exposure, and applying prescribed ointments to aid healing.
  5. Healing and Recovery: During healing, patients may experience redness, swelling, and peeling. Following the recommended aftercare regimen and attending follow-up appointments are essential for optimal results.

Considerations and Risks:

  • Downtime: Depending on the intensity of the treatment, downtime can vary from a few days to a couple of weeks, during which the skin heals and rejuvenates.
  • Sun Protection: Strict sun protection is essential after the treatment to prevent hyperpigmentation and achieve the best results.

CO2 laser treatment on the neck is an effective option for individuals seeking significant improvement in skin texture, tightness, and the reduction of visible signs of ageing.

Botox – a preventive approach

Botox, short for Botulinum Toxin, is a well-known cosmetic treatment used to temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by relaxing the muscles responsible for causing those wrinkles. While Botox is commonly associated with the face, it can also be used effectively to address specific concerns on the neck, such as necklace lines or horizontal lines that form on the neck due to ageing or repeated movements.

How Botox Works for Necklace Lines on the Neck:

  1. Muscle Relaxation: Necklace lines are caused by the contraction of the platysma muscle, a thin, flat muscle that extends from the chest and shoulders to the neck. Over time, repetitive muscle contractions and movements, including speaking, chewing, and expressions, can lead to visible lines on the neck. Botox works by temporarily relaxing these muscles.
  2. Botox Injection: A professional injects a small amount into specific points along the necklace lines. The Botox solution blocks the nerve signals that stimulate muscle contractions, effectively relaxing the targeted muscles.
  3. Muscle Relaxation Effect: Botox takes a few days to work once injected, and the full effects may be visible within a week. The muscles gradually relax, and their ability to contract is temporarily reduced. This relaxation smoothens the appearance of the necklace lines, making them less noticeable.

Benefits of Botox for Necklace Lines:

  1. Temporary Reduction of Lines: Botox provides a temporary solution by reducing the visibility of necklace lines, giving the neck a smoother and more youthful appearance.
  2. Non-Surgical and Minimally Invasive: Botox injections are non-surgical and require minimal downtime. Patients can resume normal activities shortly after the procedure.
  3. Preventative Effect: Botox can also be used preventatively to slow the formation of new necklace lines and prevent existing ones from deepening.

Duration and Maintenance:

  • The effects of Botox typically last around 3 to 6 months, after which muscle activity gradually returns, and the necklace lines may reappear.
  • To maintain the desired results, follow-up treatments are necessary. Consistent, ongoing therapies can lead to longer-lasting effects over time.

Considerations and Risks:

  • Potential Side Effects: Common side effects of Botox may include mild bruising, swelling, redness, or temporary muscle weakness. These effects usually resolve within a few days.
  • Avoid Massaging the Area: After the injection, it’s important to avoid massaging or applying pressure to the treated area to prevent the spread of Botox to unintended muscles.

Botox can provide a temporary solution for individuals seeking to improve the appearance of necklace lines on the neck. Consulting with a qualified medical professional will help determine if Botox is a suitable treatment option for your specific concerns and goals.


Polynucleotides (PNs), or polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN) therapy, is a relatively newer approach in aesthetic medicine to improve skin quality, stimulate tissue regeneration, and address signs of ageing. PNs are derived from DNA and RNA fragments, which are the building blocks of genetic material. The use of PNs in aesthetic procedures, including for the ageing neck, is gaining popularity due to their potential benefits.

How Polynucleotides Work on the Ageing Neck:

  1. Cellular Repair and Regeneration: PNs promote cellular repair and regeneration by synthesising the necessary nucleotides for DNA and RNA. This can support the rejuvenation and revitalisation of ageing skin.
  2. Collagen and Elastin Stimulation: PNs may help stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential proteins for maintaining skin elasticity, firmness, and youthful appearance.
  3. Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Properties: PNs have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the skin, contributing to a more youthful and healthier complexion.
  4. Improved Hydration and Moisture Retention: PNs can enhance the skin’s ability to retain moisture, promoting optimal hydration and improving skin texture and suppleness.

Administration of Polynucleotides on the Ageing Neck:

  1. Consultation: An initial consultation is necessary
  2. Preparation: The neck area is cleansed, and a topical numbing cream may be applied to minimise discomfort during the procedure.
  3. Injection: PNs are typically administered through a series of injections into the skin of the neck using fine needles. The injections are strategically placed to cover the targeted treatment areas.
  4. Frequency and Maintenance: The frequency of PN injections can vary depending on the specific product and treatment plan. Maintenance sessions may be recommended to maintain the desired results over time.

Benefits of Polynucleotides on the Ageing Neck:

  • Skin Rejuvenation: PNs can help rejuvenate the skin of the neck by promoting tissue regeneration, improving skin texture, and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Non-Surgical and Minimally Invasive: PN therapy is non-surgical and minimally invasive, allowing for a quick procedure with minimal downtime.
  • Natural-Looking Results: PNs aim to provide natural-looking results, enhancing the skin’s appearance without an overly artificial or exaggerated look.
  • Potential for Combination Therapy: PNs can be combined with other aesthetic treatments like dermal fillers, Botox, or laser therapy for a more comprehensive and synergistic approach to skin rejuvenation.

Considerations and Risks:

  • Potential Side Effects: Common side effects may include mild redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection sites. These effects typically resolve within a few days.
  • Personalised Treatment Plan: Each individual may respond differently to PN therapy, so a customised treatment plan tailored to the patient’s specific needs and concerns is crucial for optimal results.

Polynucleotide therapy is a promising option for individuals seeking to improve the appearance of their ageing neck.

In conclusion, the neck, like other areas of concern, can be treated; however correct diagnosis is essential.

An honest opinion is also important.

Sometimes surgery is the only thing that will help, but we will always explain all options, and ultimately, the choice is yours.

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