Treatment for Horizontal Neck Lines
Can you tell a person’s age by looking at their neck? The neck sometimes shows what the face does not – our age. One of the many issues that individuals struggle with when it comes to the neck are horizontal neck lines, a sign of age but an issue you can do something about.
For many people, the face is the focus of the cleansers, serums, moisturizers, and cosmetic injectables, helping to keep the face youthful and glowing, but the neck can be an entirely different story.
Here’s what you need to know about combatting neck lines: why you get them and how you can make them go away.
Vertical Versus Horizontal Neck Lines
When people talk about neck lines, they are often referring to two different types of issues. There are vertical neck creases, which can be caused by things such as weight fluctuations, sleeping position, and genetics. The muscles in the neck can also contribute to vertical neck lines.
The other type of neck lines is what we will explore here: horizontal lines in the neck – and there is a lot of information to understand what causes them, how to prevent them, and what treatments you can use to target them.
What Causes Horizontal Neck Lines?
There are a variety of things that contribute to horizontal neck lines but the underlying causes are a decrease in the collagen of the skin. Collagen helps to give the skin structure, keeping it firm, plump, and smooth. The production of collagen decreases over time, but other factors can play a role as well. The biggest culprits that can impact collagen in the skin are:
Your genes play a huge role in how your skin ages. That doesn’t mean you cannot slow the signs of aging down with a great skincare routine and treatments, but some people will simply notice skin changes more than others and at different stages of their lives.
Many people meticulously apply sunscreen to their faces to prevent premature aging from exposure to the UV rays of the sun but forget about the neck. UV rays are very damaging to the collagen in the skin. This can result in premature wrinkles, including horizontal neck lines, on the neck.
If you do one motion over and over again, then it can result in wrinkles. Laugh lines are great examples, especially if you smile a lot! But horizontal neck lines can also be caused by repetitive motions such as looking down at your smartphone screen.
Some lifestyle choices are terrible for the skin and can cause premature aging. The most serious is smoking. Tobacco smoke causes damage to the collagen in your skin and nicotine causes a restriction in the blood vessels. That leads to less oxygen getting to your skin and more pronounced wrinkles.
Another lifestyle factor that can impact how your skin ages is hydration. So, don’t forget to drink plenty of water each day to ensure that your skin can stay hydrated and get the nutrients it needs.
How to Prevent or Reduce Horizontal Neck Lines
You’re never too young to take steps to prevent horizontal neck lines, and you’re never too old to take steps to reduce them. In fact, there are some very easy ways to do this, including:
The repetitive motions we listed as a contributing factor to horizontal neck lines may be caused by your posture – specifically, looking down at your smartphone or handheld device. Remember that wrinkles respond to the movements of the body. That’s why you see people who smoke for years with fine lines around the mouth.
Looking up and down at your phone often can cause the same type of issue with the creases in your neck. Over time, the creases will turn to permanent wrinkles as you make the same movement over and over.
Prevent this by holding your devices out in front of you, allowing you to look straight ahead. This will keep you from looking down and creasing the skin of your neck in the process.
Try Vitamin C
A great Vitamin C serum as a part of your skincare routine can substantially improve horizontal neck lines, too.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which can help to reduce the damage of certain environmental factors that contribute to wrinkles, such as UV rays from the sun.
A few of our favorite Vitamin C products include:
Apply Sunscreen Everyday
Another important part of your skincare routine must be to apply sunscreen each day – even when it’s cloudy outside. Doing so helps to protect that precious collagen in your skin from the damage caused by UV rays. If you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods, don’t forget to apply sunscreen every two to three hours.
Try out a few of our favorite sunscreens:
Treatment for Horizontal Neck Lines
If you have neck lines, you’re unhappy with, then there are some treatment options available that deliver amazing results. Studies have shown that dermal fillers with hyaluronic acid are an effective way to treat horizontal lines on the neck. Some treatments you may want to consider include:
Temporary cosmetic fillers such as Vollure and Juvederm are great options to help treat horizontal neck lines. Most products are made from a naturally occurring substance in the body called hyaluronic acid to stimulate collagen and give the skin support so it doesn’t collapse into a fold with movement.
Injectable fillers offer immediate results and are reversible. They also come in ranges of longevity that are based on the thickness of the product. The fillers we use can last as little as three months to as long as two years, allowing a treatment to be tailored to your individual needs.
Vollure is a great treatment for horizontal neck lines as well. It is a lightweight combination of hyaluronic acid and lidocaine that helps to reduce the discomfort that can accompany filler injection procedures. The specialized Vycross technology offered by Vollure helps increase the longevity of the treatment to produce long-lasting results and integrates into the tissue of the neck.
The increased elasticity of Vollure allows for better movement at the injection site, producing smooth, natural results that can last up to 18 months.
Juvederm Ultra Plus XC is a hyaluronic acid product that is used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles. The XC stands for “extra comfort” because the gel is mixed with a numbing solution for your comfort during injection. It has been formulated with hylacross technology that creates a gel with a very smooth consistency, making it easier to target an area of treatment. Results usually last for 9 to 12 months.
Another hyaluronic acid-based filler, Restylane is used for deep fine lines and moderate to severe folds and wrinkles. It’s perfect for deeper fine lines for moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. The results last about six months.
One of the thinnest hyaluronic acid fillers you can find on the market today, Belotero can be placed superficially to create a big impact on wrinkles and lines in the neck. It usually lasts around three to six months.
Vertical Neck Bands
Another issue many experience as they get older is vertical neck bands. These are the long, noticeable lines that can extend from the base of the neck to the chin. If you hold your neck out and aggressively say “Cheese!” then the neck bands can pop out. These bands can result in an aged and uneven appearance. Luckily, there are great treatment options available.
Botox is a great way to address vertical neck bands, relaxing the dynamic muscles that are the root cause. This results in muscles that are less prominent and smoother looking. Results can last up to six months and can be repeated to achieve the results you desire.
Loose Skin on the Neck
As you get older, your skin loses the elastin and collagen that help to keep it plump and young looking. The natural production of hyaluronic acid decreases as you age, too. That’s why many people notice lax or droopy skin on their neck as they age – and they want to do something about it.
At Cosmetic Injectables, loose and excess skin on the neck can be treated. There are several collagen stimulating procedures available such as microneedling, Novathreads, Viora, and topical treatments that contain Retin-A and Vitamin C.
With NovaThreads, a mesh placement of smooth threads helps to create firmness so that the skin doesn’t droop. The texture of the skin can further be improved by stimulating collagen with Lasergenesis.
Say Goodbye to Horizontal Neck Lines
If you want to explore treatments for your horizontal neck lines, then speak with the team at Cosmetic Injectables today. The team will tailor a treatment plan to help you attain the youthful, natural appearance you want.