So Doctor…Why is My Neck Aging so Quickly?

laser hair removalThe skin of the neck is one of the most fragile and vulnerable areas of our body subject to the agin process. It has fewer moisture retaining glands so skin dryness is an early skin sign especially during the dry times fo the year such as the fall and the winter months of the year putting our patients with inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis at greater risk for clinical flares.

Sun exposure without sufficient sun precautions such as wearing hats and sunscreen cause natural weakening and decline of the neck skin barrier increasing the risk of skin cancer. The neck also has fewer stem cells and other regenerative components that help repair the neck skin when exposed to environmental stresses including pollution and UV damage.

To improve your skin’s firmbess, consider trying skin care approaches including serums that contain antioxidants, such as Vitamin C that turn over damaged skin cells that is caused by photodamage. Retinods (which are related to Vitamin A) help stimulate structural collagen production in regular use.

Poor posture and constant use of a handhel mobile devices and laptops increase the risk of neck skin changes referred to as “necklace line” or “tech neck” with loose skin under the chin. To prevent neck lines from forming (or deepening) it is recommended to posotion your computer and phone so you are not bending and craning your neck for prolonged periods of time.

Weakening of the platysmal muscles in front and the sides of the neck can also cause vertical banding which can appear during the aging process. These bands can be reduced and softened temporarily with neuromodulators such as Botox injections.

There is ongoing concern of the daily effects of UVA (deep penetrating), UVB (superficial penetrating) rays from sunlight, which can damage the cells that are responsible for producing collagen and elastin, two proteins that help keep your skin’s structure intact. Recently, there is concern of the adverse energy exposure emitted from computer screens with its potentially harmful cumulative effects on skin aging and contributing to photosensitivity. Many of our patients work directly in front of 2 and 3 large computer screens for more than 8 hours per day which can amplify the potentially harmful effects on the skin contributing to skin laxity, crepiness and sagginess.

If you are looking to aggressively address signs of older saggy skin on the neck, then book a consultation with our Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Steve Greene at Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle to learn more about newest treatment service called Sofwave. By harnessing the gentle but very focused Ultrasound waves one can undergo a treatment that stimulates Collagen, Elastic and Hyaluronic Acis which both tighten the treayed skin and provides a noticeable lift that is highly desirable. This is currently being offered for the neck and face creating better definition of the jawline and a gentle lift of the eyebrows. For the best results is it recommended to undergo two treatments, three months apart. Annual maintenance treatsments are recommended. Eary clinical results are seen within 1-2 weeks and continue to progress over 3-6 months. The treatment is “color blind” and hence, can be safely performed in all skin types, all seasons of the year. There is no clinical downtime, unlike most other rejuvenation treatments of its kind. No bleeding, skin drainage, redness or puffiness occues after the procedure. Sofwave offers its healthy clinical effects 1.5 mm in depth in the skin dermin over a large surface area without damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels nor fat and can complement the rejuvenation effects of Botox, Dermal Fillers, and other laser treatments.

The Future of Cosmetic Consultations

Before beginning cosmetic skincare treatment (i.e. chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing), the most important appointment to schedule with your dermatologist is a consultation. The consultation allows both you and your doctor to discuss any skin-related concerns, prioritize these concerns, and finally–formulate an effective treatment plan to resolve your concerns. Before your consultation begins, ask yourself, “What are my long-term goals regarding skincare?”

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Ask the Expert: Can You Get Skin Cancer “Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine?” Should You Remove All Clothing for a Skin Exam?

Yes, and yes again! While skin cancers are less commonly diagnosed in areas that are normally shielded from the sun, they can and do develop there. There are a number of factors that play a role in the development of skin cancer — including genetics and environmental pollution — that have nothing to do with the sun’s rays. One of the reasons why a complete skin exam is so valuable is that your dermatologist will be able to notice changes that may be normally hidden under clothing. This way, any suspected skin cancers can be diagnosed and treated promptly. Don’t worry, your doctor will respect your modesty with an exam gown and/or cloth draping.

Get Rid of That Double Chin with Kybella®!

The double chin can be a real confidence killer. It can leave you feeling embarrassed and ashamed, causing you to shy away from photos and cover it up with certain outfits. But you don’t have to these negative effects any longer. With Kybella®, you can safely and effectively reduce the appearance of the double chin without the need for surgery. Here we’ll dive into the most frequently asked questions Dr. Greene gets about this remarkable treatment. Continue reading “Get Rid of That Double Chin with Kybella®!”

Scars are not always skin deep…

On June 8th 1972, a nine year old girl was playing with her cousins in a Vietnam village when American Forces suddenly bombed the village with Napalm. Napalm is a flammable liquid that sticks to skin and causes severe burns when ignited. This young girl’s photo was captured by a journalist for Time Magazine–her clothes burned off of her body as she runs from the wreckage in horror.

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There’s a Potential New Wonder Drug on the Horizon!

BOTOX® is best known for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles but evidence is proving it has amazing effects on improving other various ailments. These uses include the treatment of back pain, lock jaw, depression, over-active bladder, and Parkinson’s disease symptoms. While the prospect of treating hundreds more conditions with a known drug is exciting in the medical community, pharmaceutical companies are prohibited from marketing it for unapproved purposes until proof of efficacy is submitted to the FDA. This process requires vigorous clinical studies.

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All Hands on Deck – it’s time to Rejuvenate!

Your hands are one, if not the, biggest teller of age! Let our Total Hand Rejuvenation Package help with thinning skin, pronounced veins, and sun spots contributing to that aged appearance. You can protect your hands from environmental exposure with gloves, sunscreen, and moisturizer as recommended to prevent signs of aging, but precautions are difficult to follow regularly.

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