You aren’t alone if you have been feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your neck. If you’ve noticed loose, thin skin on your neck, then you’ve probably tried all the over-the-counter creams and serums to fix the problem. Maybe you’ve even tried to hide loose skin with jewelry or accessories like scarves. At Lazur La Vie in Nyack, NY, we are happy to say that hiding your neck isn’t your only option when laser skin tightening treatments are available to correct skin laxity on the neck.
Will Laser Skin Tightening Work on Your Neck?
Is it true that a laser skin treatment will tighten the skin on your neck? Yes. Advanced energy-based treatments make it possible to tighten the skin and tissues on every area of the body, including the more delicate areas such as the neck. In fact, using lasers to correct skin laxity on the neck is usually the first choice of many cosmetic physicians because it is so reliable and effective.
Before you call to schedule your initial appointment, take a moment to learn everything you need to know about laser skin tightening treatments for the neck. We’ll walk you through what laser treatments are, how they work, and even what to expect during the treatment process.
What Is Laser Skin Tightening?
A skin tightening treatment refers to any cosmetic treatment that corrects skin laxity and restores a youthful appearance. Laser treatments for skin tightening are the most common method for addressing lax skin on the face and body, but they can also be useful in correcting superficial concerns such as pigmentation, dark spots, and acne scars.
How Do Laser Treatments Work?
All energy-based treatments work on the same principle of using a device that emits a certain amount of heat to stimulate the blood flow and natural regenerative abilities of the body in order to tighten skin. For the most part, energy-based treatments are non-invasive, but there are certain devices that are minimally invasive, meaning they enter the body in some way. But how exactly do these treatments work? We’ll explain a few of the most common lasers used in skin tightening treatments.
Light treatments are a classic laser treatment that utilizes different light intensities to heat and tighten tissue. Light treatments can be ablative, meaning they exfoliate the top layer of skin, or non-ablative, meaning they do not injure the skin at all. Light technology is frequently combined with other energy-based systems for a more complete effect.
Radiofrequency treatments are the current gold standard for many cosmetic services because of how flexible and versatile radiofrequency treatments are. Radiofrequency uses energy to heat skin tissues and is sometimes combined with light or laser technology to treat multiple layers of skin at one time.
Ultrasound is another energy-based treatment that uses a small amount of heat to stimulate the body’s natural regenerative abilities. Ultrasound treatments are based on ultrasound technology, which has been in use for several decades. This type of treatment enables tissues with underlying issues to be specifically targeted, meaning that areas that need the most attention are adequately treated.
What Areas Does Skin Tightening Treat?
Treatments that use lasers to tighten the skin can treat several areas of the body. In addition to the delicate skin on the neck, including the area under the chin and around the collarbones, laser treatments can also treat areas such as:
For patients who are seeking to correct skin laxity on the neck, we typically recommend one of the following treatments:
Aerolase LightPod Neo
Aerolase is a light-based laser treatment. This treatment is non-ablative, which means that it primarily works to heat the tissues beneath the first layers of skin without causing any thermal damage to the skin surface. While Aerolase is particularly effective for correcting superficial concerns such as acne, acne scarring, and sun damage, it is also used to tighten skin on the face and neck. We typically recommend Aerolase to patients with mild skin laxity concerns.
Alma is a family of three energy-based treatments for skin tightening, including V-Shape Ultra, Clear Lift Plus, and Laser 360. Any one of the Alma treatments can tighten and lift skin on the face and neck. In particular, Alma V-Shape Ultra is an incredibly powerful treatment that combines radiofrequency, ultrasound, and micro-ablative energy to rejuvenate every layer of the skin. Alma treatments are ideal for patients with mild-to-moderate skin laxity concerns.
JuvaShape is a skin tightening treatment that uses both ultrasound and radiofrequency to tighten the skin without any thermal damage. JuvaShape is one of the more powerful treatments and can be used on virtually every area of the body to smooth away wrinkles, contour tissues, and even reduce unwanted fat. JuvaShape is perfect for patients who have moderate-to-severe skin laxity concerns, as well as for patients who have more areas of concern than just the face and neck.
What Can You Expect From Treatment?
What are laser treatments like for tightening the skin? If you haven’t ever had a cosmetic treatment like this before, then you might be surprised to discover how simple the entire process is. At our office, there are a few steps that are involved in skin tightening treatments, such as:
You will need to attend a consultation appointment. The consultation gives us an opportunity to examine the condition of your skin, discuss your overall appearance goals, and talk about your expectations for treatment. We will gather certain information about you at the consultation, such as your general medical history, current medical issues, and any previous cosmetic treatments you have had in the past. We may also talk about your lifestyle habits, such as diet, exercise, and your skincare routine.
Before your treatment we will provide you with a list of pre-treatment instructions. These instructions are standard guidelines that will help ensure your treatment is as effective as possible. Some pre-treatment guidelines to follow for 2 weeks before treatment may include:
- Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds
- Use a broad-spectrum SPF
- Do not use acid or Retinol products on the skin
We ask that all patients arrive at their appointment with freshly cleansed skin. Do not wear lotions, powders, perfume, or makeup to appointment. Patients will not need to arrange for transportation on the day of the appointment.
The steps of your treatment will be simple. Depending on the exact method being used, we sometimes apply a topical numbing cream to prep the treatment area to ensure your comfort for the duration of treatment. One of our skilled technicians will use the treatment device on your skin, which will emit a gentle heat while the device is being used. Treatment for the neck typically takes about 30 minutes to complete start to finish.
After your treatment, we will provide you with a list of post-treatment instructions to help guide you through your immediate recovery time. Some post-treatment instructions may include:
- Avoid excessive heat and direct sunlight
- Use a broad-spectrum SPF
- Do not use certain skincare products
- Wait to schedule other treatments for 2 weeks
There is no prolonged recovery time associated with laser treatment. Most patients can immediately return to normal daily activities following treatment. It is important to follow our post-treatment instructions to make sure that your body responds favorably to treatment, but other than those instructions there are no other restrictions associated with this treatment.
It will take about 10 to 14 days to see results from laser treatments. Skin tightening treatments typically take 2 weeks to show any improvement to the appearance of the skin, meaning that it will take this long to see any improved skin elasticity. Results get better after each subsequent treatment, and these are typically spaced about 4 weeks apart.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Causes Loose Skin on the Neck?
The skin on the neck is some of the thinnest skin on the body, which means it naturally has less elasticity to begin with. Loose skin on the neck is commonly caused by a reduced production of collagen as a natural result of aging. Rapid weight loss can also cause loose skin.
Why Is Collagen Important?
Collagen is a protein in the skin that is responsible for providing skin structure. Our natural levels of collagen begin to deplete as we age, which allows for skin structure to break down and leave room for wrinkles to begin forming. Low levels of collagen are also associated with the skin being dry and thin.
Are There Other Ways to Boost Collagen Production?
Yes. In addition to laser treatments, some patients opt to use prescription strength collagen serums and creams to support skin elasticity and enhance results of treatment. Collagen is also available over the counter as a dietary supplement, which may also support the results of laser treatments.
Will You Need Multiple Laser Treatments?
It is typical for patients to need a few laser treatments to begin seeing the desired results. We usually recommend that patients complete at least one “round” of treatment, which consists of 2 to 5 treatment appointments spaced 1 month apart to produce optimal results. We will help you determine how many laser treatments you need for your ideal appearance goals.
How Long Do Results Last?
Results from laser treatments can last several months at a time. On average, patients can enjoy results from laser treatments for about 4 to 6 months at a time. We recommend patients schedule regular laser treatments about 3 to 4 times a year to maintain results.
How Do You Know Which Treatment Is Right for You?
With so many options for laser treatments, it can be hard to know which treatment is right for you. We will help you decide the treatment that suits your individual needs when you attend your consultation appointment. The right treatment is determined by your level of skin laxity and if you have any additional areas of treatment aside from your neck.
Are You a Good Candidate for Laser Treatment?
Most prospective patients who are seeking to correct skin laxity on the neck make good candidates for this treatment. Our laser treatments are safe for all skin types and skin tones. You may be a good candidate if you want to:
- Lift skin under the chin
- Tighten skin on the neck
- Smooth wrinkles
- Rejuvenate the appearance of the collarbone
Refresh Your Neck With Laser Skin Tightening!
Hiding your neck from view is not the only option available to you to hide skin laxity associated with aging. It’s time to look for reliable and effective treatments to refresh the appearance of your neck. If you think that laser skin tightening treatments might be the ideal solution for you, contact Lazur La Vie in Nyack, NY to schedule your consultation today!