Love Thy Neck

Neglect it and people can tell you are older than you look. Our neck often looks older before any other body parts because its skin is thinner than that of the skin on your face.

“The aged appearance of the neck is contributed mainly by loosening of the skin due to a process called photoaging. There is also weakening of a thin sheet of muscle called the platysma, a muscle located just below the skin of the neck,” says Dr. Terence Tan, Director of Halley Medical Aesthetics (Halley). This process creates a “turkey neck” appearance as one ages.

That is why we must pamper it as much as we care for our face. Dr. Tan shares five tips on maintaining a youthful-looking one:

Tip #1 – Use sunblock and avoid excessive sun exposure.

Tip #2 – Consume a balanced, collagen boosting diet rich in protein, vitamin C, and iron. These nutrients are essential in the production of collagen. (For more information on a diet strategy for firmer skin, read this blog post.

Tip #3 – For people with loose platysma resulting in a turkey neck appearance, simple platysma strengthening neck exercises may improve the appearance of the upper neck.

Tip #4 – For skin care products, we recommend products which contain vitamin C and peptides for their collagen boosting properties and ceramide for its hydrating and protecting properties. (These ingredients are present in Halley’s Brilliance skin care range.)

Tip #5 – Pamper your neck just like how you’d pamper your face. Be sure to select evidence-based facial firming therapies that are proven to work. For instance, Halley’s Neck Lift Programme (S$3,150) combines two of our best treatments by first using Ultherapy® to tighten, followed by Halley’s Threadlift to gently lift tired neck skin.

Ultherapy® is an US FDA-approved treatment by Ulthera that has fantastic skin tightening properties. The Ultherapy® procedure stimulates collagen production by delivering focused ultrasound energy to the skin’s foundational layer without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.

Halley’s Threadlift gently lifts the skin underneath the upper part to re-constitute the sharp angle between the skin under the throat and the rest of the neck. The thread has a two-step improvement process, first by immediate lifting followed by secondary collagen stimulation over the next six months. The thread is completely re-absorbed over a period of about one and a half years.

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