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Nine treatments for your neck

Written by
Chloë James

Here’s your regularly scheduled reminder that your skincare routine doesn’t – and shouldn’t – end at your chin. It’s so easy to neglect our neck, yet it deserves just as much attention as our face. In fact, as it’s home to some of the most delicate skin on our body, it arguably deserves more.

So, should we really be surprised when our neck is one of the first places to show signs of aging? Every year post the age of 30, we lose more of the collagen keeping skin strong and elasticated. Combined with poor SPF habits and repeatedly leaning down to check our phones, it’s the perfect recipe for loose skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Thankfully, there’s a long list of options to help tackle the damage – and we’ve rounded up nine of the best.

Find a clinic or practitioner near you and enjoy a risk-free booking process thanks to free in-clinic consultations and the option to pay in-clinic. Also, you can now split the cost of your treatment into four equal, interest-free instalments using Tabby.

Treating your neck

Remember that all skin transformations start at home. Establishing a solid skincare routine – or at least extending your current one down to your chest – can go a long way in improving the tone and texture of your neck. Cleanse the area daily, and always apply moisturiser and SPF.

You can also try techniques like electromagnetic massage or gua sha to boost circulation in the area. This can improve lymphatic drainage and appear to slim the area. But despite what TikTok would have you believe, this is only temporary. For longer-lasting results, see the list below.

Our top treatments

Skin boosters

Best for: dry or crepey skin

If you’re looking for a boost, skin boosters are – unsurprisingly – the ideal solution. Profhilo is arguably the best known, and for good reason: few treatments can hydrate skin quite like it. Strategically injecting pure hyaluronic acid along the neck, it helps skin to retain more water and produce more collagen. Skin looks plumper, tighter, and smoother for around six months.

For a more personalised experience, mesotherapy uses a unique cocktail of ingredients to treat your specific needs. The right combo of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes can be injected into the neck to lift sagging skin over several sessions. Expect to go for top-ups every three to six months.

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Injectables

Best for: fine lines or wrinkles

Not all injectables are made equal. If it’s dynamic wrinkles – AKA the lines that only appear when you move in a certain way – that bother you, Botox can relax the muscles causing this to happen. Results aren’t instant, but you should see notable improvement within two or three weeks.

Filler, on the other hand, can treat the deeper wrinkles that Botox won’t touch. These are the lines that are visible even when you’re still. Hyaluronic acid adds volume to smooth out the surface of your neck. It also helps hydrate the skin, improving a thin or crepey texture. A moisturising multitasker – one that lasts for anywhere between six months and two years, depending on your age and the type of filler.

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Chemical peel

Best for: dark spots

In the long list of concerns tackled by chemical peels, it’s sagging skin that’s most relevant to the neck. With a thin layer of acid, a peel removes the outer layer of old skin and dead cells. The layer underneath is newer – and smoother – so can give the appearance of tighter skin. It can also help to gradually fade and brighten any dark spots that have accumulated over time.

A series of monthly light peels is the usual routine for those with light damage, but more serious cases may need deeper, stronger peels, which also require a little more downtime.

Ultherapy

Best for: boosting collagen production

When it comes to treating signs of aging on the neck, collagen is key. And when it comes to collagen, few treatments work as hard as Ultherapy.

This uses ultrasound energy to penetrate further into your skin than any other non-invasive treatment. As it penetrates so far, it heats up the deeper layers of skin tissue to trick your body into thinking it needs to produce more collagen to heal itself.

Some people will only need to undergo Ultherapy once – but even if your skin laxity is extensive enough that you need repeat sessions, it’s a comfortable experience that only causes mild heat on your skin. Once your treatment is complete, you should be able to enjoy a tighter, more contoured neck within two or three months.

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Laser or radiofrequency skin tightening

Best for: loose skin

Just like Ultherapy, laser skin tightening works by heating up skin tissue to produce more collagen. But unlike Ultherapy, laser skin tightening uses, well, laser to get the job done. You can usually see some improvement in the jowls or crepey skin after one session, but most people need three to six for maximum benefit.

The same can be said for radiofrequency skin tightening. In this case, heat is created by radiofrequency energy. Thermage is a popular option for RF skin tightening and can improve loose skin on the neck for up to two years.

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Microdermabrasion

Best for: rough skin

Rough, uneven skin is easily exfoliated with microdermabrasion. This gentle, downtime-free treatment uses abrasive crystals to scrub away dead skin cells, while a small vacuum is used to suck away the debris. The neck is left looking fresh and rejuvenated from day one, with results only improving with each repeat treatment.

Cryolipolysis

Best for: double chin

A double chin or jowls aren’t always caused by excess fat. But if they are, cryolipolysis can be used to freeze and remove fat in the area. With a handheld device, your practitioner will use extreme cold temperatures to cut off oxygen supplies to fat cells. You’ll need to wait for several sessions to see any reduction in fat, but once you do, it’s permanent.

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Thread lifts

Best for: contouring and shaping

Nicknamed the ‘lunchtime lift’, a thread lift can tighten and rejuvenate the neck similarly to a facelift in a fraction of the time (and with none of the lengthy recovery).

Threads are strategically inserted into the skin under local anaesthetic to manually lift the areas that need lifting. These are then pulled tight, which can sharpen the area around the jawline where you may have jowls.

Eventually, these threads dissolve. But that doesn’t mean you stop reaping the benefits. The physical process of inserting threads kickstarts collagen production, which also creates tighter, more supple skin for up to three years.

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Neck lifts

Best for: long-lasting results

Looking for something more permanent? A neck lift is surgical – so comes with more downtime – but can deliver more dramatic, long-lasting results. While you’re under general anaesthetic, a surgeon will remove any excess fat underneath the jaw.

With this gone, your neck is left looking slimmer and more defined. How long this will last depends on the person, but on average it’s ten to 15 years.

Ready to get started?

Just like when you treat the skin on your face, it’s important to think about the long game when treating your neck. Skincare, lifestyle changes, and treatments go hand-in-hand – and together can make a smoother, fresher-looking neck your reality.

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