Problem: Sagging skin:
A neck lift removes excess skin, or "turkey wattle," firming the area.
But if a 2-week recovery, not to mention the surgical risks involved
and the huge price tag, isn't exactly what you had in mind,
you still have alternatives that are less invasive and less costly, yet more subtle.
Like using a combination of retinoids, AHAs, and antioxidants on the neck.
These treatments can help smooth out some of the fine lines on the surface,
fade brown spots, and improve skin tone, all of which help
give the neck a younger look.
Problem: Age spots:
Like the skin on your neck, the skin on the hands and chest tends to be
thinner and more delicate than that on the rest of your body.
For hands, a year round lotion with sunscreen and ingredients
such as retinol and AHAs is a good choice. To fade minor age spots,
try a bleaching cream that contains hydroquinone.
Darker spots may call for professional help.
A dermatologist could prescribe a potent bleaching agent combined with
a retinoid or a cream containing vitamin C and AHAs.
If you want more-dramatic and faster results, ask your dermatologist about lasers.
Nonablative laser treatments can be used to tighten the muscles in the neck area,
which may help give it a firmer appearance, too.
For more info, download Skin Care in Your 50s, a free ebook.