How to Treat Unattractive Neck Bands
While most people tend to focus on correcting facial wrinkles and other imperfections such as sun spots, jowls, and fine lines as they get older, the neck can also exhibit some very noticeable signs of aging. Most notably, neck age lines can make you look a lot older than you actually are. Vertical neck lines and neck bands are probably the most telling signs of aging, but they can be caused by a number of elements including genetics, sun exposure, or an improper skincare routine over the years.
Depending on the severity and cause, certain neck line treatments are available to help reduce the signs of aging and improve the quality of the skin around your neck.
What Are Platysmal Bands?
The platysmal bands are the two muscles that are located on both sides of your neck. Since the neck has a much thinner layer of skin than the face and the skin around your neck naturally loses fat deposits and collagen as you get older, these muscles usually become increasingly visible over time. Usually, they’re well-hidden and are only visible when you tightly grimace or clench your teeth while working out or in moments of extreme stress.
This is one of the reasons that many mental health experts have linked stress, anxiety, and depression to premature aging. Dramatic weight loss and genetics have also been attributed to causing premature neck lines.
What Are the Causes of Neck Bands?
As mentioned, the platysmal neck bands are always there. It’s just the frequency with which they become visible over time that changes. The three known culprits of neck age lines are:
- Weight loss
- Clenching your teeth or stress and anxiety
The body, particularly the neck, shoulder blades, and teeth tend to clench and tighten up whenever we feel tremendous amounts of stress and anxiety. Even when you’re doing something good for your body such as a high intensity workout, certain muscles tend to tense up to prepare for overwhelming pressure.
When this happens, the platysmal bands become constricted and move forward. The platysmal bands are free-floating which means they’re not attached to ligaments that hold them back or restrict their movement in the same way that other muscles in your body are. Over time, certain repetitive movements in your body will continue to push them forward and become increasingly visible on a permanent basis. Additionally, the older you get, the thinner the skin around your face and neck get, which also makes the underlying muscles and bone structure look more prominent.
Effective Platysmal Band Treatments
The type of platysmal band treatments you seek depend largely on your personal preferences. Some patients don’t mind undergoing slightly more invasive surgical treatments as long as it means getting rid of their unsightly neck lines. Other patients might prefer less invasive treatments such as neck Platsymal botox injections.
When it comes to the treatment of playsmal neckbands, antiwrinkle medicine is one of the most popular treatments. Other treatment-based injections use hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring substance that’s produced by the body. As we get older, however, the production of hyaluronic acid is diminished. Its main function is to moisturize the skin and maintain elasticity by supplementing collagen production. That’s why many beauty products, moisturizers, and anti-wrinkle facial creams are fortified with hyaluronic acid. Platsymal Neck injections are an affordable and convenient option for patients who don’t like the idea of undergoing a potentially invasive surgical procedure.
For more information on Platysmal neckband treatment, please schedule an appointment at Harbour Medispa Hamilton.