Are You Neglecting Your Neck?

What do these celebs have in common (aside from absolute flawless gorgeousness): Charlize Theron, Molly Sims, Keri Russell. Answer: they all have long, beautiful necks.

Caring for your neck and decollate is one of the best ways to defy your age, because it’s the body part that shows your age the fastest. The skin there is thin and contains less supportive collagen compared to your face. In addition, because we so often forget to care for our necks in the same way we do our faces (slathering on a cleanser, anti-aging cream, moisturizing serum at night, and an SPF in the a.m.; necks get nada!), signs of aging—sun damage, sagging—may start to appear there faster.

You can retain or regain a youthful looking neck, decollate, and jawline, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). Neck lifts and neck tightening procedures are becoming increasingly popular for women to get rid of telltale “turkey waddle” (loose skin under the chin). Facelifts, liposuction, chin augmentation, procedures that tighten the muscles of the neck, and excess skin removal are all surgical solutions to consider to rejuvenate the neck.

Looking for something less invasive? According to recent statistics from the AAFPRS, patients are increasingly opting for non-surgical procedures in order to delay surgery. In fact two-thirds of all procedures performed are non-surgical. When it comes to your neck, here are a few options that take you out of turtlenecks and into v-necks stat:

*Radiofrequency treatments like Pellevé® and Sublative®, which encourage collagen formation to plump and firm the skin around the neck,
*Less invasive liposuction treatments (like Hydrasolve™, which uses a saline solution to liquefy fat in the neck before it’s removed).
*Injectables like Botox to help relax neck cord muscles for a smoothing effect

While both surgical and non-surgical options are a great fix for necks, what you do everyday counts, too. Applying sunscreen year-round and using a neck cream to nourish the skin and help build collagen and elastin can go a long way helping you keep a neck to rival Charlize’s, Molly’s, or Keri’s.

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery.  It represents more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck. AAFPRS members subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provides consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in any area by visiting the AAFPRS web site

For more information, or to schedule an interview with an AAFPRS spokesperson, please contact the Academy’s public relations firm, Melissa Kelz Communications at 646-450-5359 and ask to speak to Patty – or to Melissa –