It is perfectly normal for the human body to go through certain changes as the years go by. The changes affect the muscles, which gradually lose their tone, as well as the skin, which loses its elasticity, leading to wrinkles, fine lines and saggy skin, especially on the cheeks, chin, neck and upper arms. Obesity, which is continually increasing as a worldwide health concern, is another major factor for these changes.
Most people today are not willing to give up and to make peace with the changes that affect their body with age. They seek solutions for their issues and repairing saggy neck is usually one of the major preoccupations.
Surgical solutions for saggy neck
The term “cosmetic surgery” does not necessarily imply the use of a surgical knife. The modern medicine and technology have evolved and discovered new, efficient and generally non-invasive ways to repair cosmetic problems, like saggy neck. Botox is definitely one of the most popular solutions, since it is easily done and its price is continuously dropping. There are other “injectables” besides Botox, such as restalayne and hyalaform, which work as fillers and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. However, in saggy neck, the problem is that there is a portion of skin that is loose, without supportive tissues, and there are surgical procedures that literally remove the excess skin.
Laser surgery is also very popular as a solution for problems caused by aging. Laser resurfacing is one of the options when it comes to laser technology and it works by eliminating the top layer of the skin, causing new, fresh and younger-looking skin to grow.
There are two structural proteins that maintain the skin in good shape and perfect tone - collagen and elastin. Collagen makes the skin toned and firm and its fibers support tissues responsible for making the skin elastic. The amount of collagen decreases with age, which leads to saggy and less elastic skin.
Elastin, just like its name suggests, makes the skin elastic so it can bounce back to its normal shape after it is stretched. The production of these two proteins starts decreasing in the late twenties, and as a result, the skin loses its tone and elasticity, develops wrinkles and starts sagging.
There are thousands of creams designed to reverse the effects of aging, based on collagen and elastin. It is hard to say if they work, the truth is, some of them do and some of them do not. It depends on many factors, from the individual skin type and condition to the quality of a cream. It is worth remembering, though, that a cream cannot contain actual collagen or elastin, because these proteins are too large to be absorbed through the skin. A good anti-aging merely cream combines ingredients that stimulate or force the production of these proteins by the skin.