The fall and winter months are some of the best times for non-surgical skin treatments! One of the most neglected parts of our skin is the neck. Sometimes referred to as “turkey neck,” the skin here often develops sagging, folds, and wrinkles. This can make you feel self-conscious of your profile and under-the-chin area!
Because of this common concern, many patients visit us for neck tightening procedures in Cincinnati at Amy Brenner, MD & Associates. Our team of physicians, nurse practitioners, skin care specialists, and staff offers exceptional care paired with innovative technology to help you look and feel your best. We’ve had the pleasure of serving the Cincinnati metropolitan area since 2011, as we help patients optimize their health and wellbeing through our advanced treatments.
In our years of experience, we’ve found that the best solution for each patient is a customized treatment plan and often a combination of treatments. Below, we cover how neck skin changes with age and summarize our neck tightening treatment plan options 👇
How your neck skin changes over time
Before we can get into all the ways we can tighten neck skin, let’s dive into how this skin changes as you age.
The way your skin has structure, elasticity, and, in general looks more youthful is from two proteins known as collagen and elastin. These proteins give your skin support and help your skin “bounce back” when stretched. Over time, your body produces less collagen and elastin, which directly affects the structure and elasticity of your skin, resulting in sagging or wrinkles.
Other environmental factors can accelerate these skin concerns, like excess sun exposure, inadequate skin care, smoking, and other lifestyle factors.
Custom treatment plans to improve your neck skin | Neck Tightening Procedures in Cincinnati
As mentioned earlier, individualizing our approach yields the best results for all of our services at Amy Brenner MD, & Associates. The same goes for treating the neck! Everyone’s skin type, desired results, and skin concerns are different, so your treatment plan is too ✅ Keep reading to learn about our consultation process and step-by-step treatment options for our neck tightening procedures in Cincinnati.
Creating a personalized treatment plan for you
Before we begin any sort of treatment process, we always start off with a free one-on-one skin consultation. Here, you’ll meet with a skin care specialist to talk about your specific concern(s) and goals for improvement.
After this discussion and an examination of your skin, your provider will work with you to design a customized plan to meet your needs and desired results for the best outcomes possible! We base all of our treatment recommendations on you and your unique goals. This may be just one type of treatment or a combination of treatments.
Once we complete your treatment plan, we’ll work with you on the timeline and spacing of your neck tightening procedure(s) for the most effective, rejuvenating results.
For fat reduction + skin tightening, begin with either LipoDissolve, Kybella or CoolSculpting
If you are interested in both fat reduction under the chin AND skin tightening, we will recommend either LipoDissolve, Kybella or CoolSculpting as the first part of your treatment plan.
LipoDissolve and Kybella
LipoDissolve and Kybella are injectable double chin treatments that use deoxycholic acid (a naturally occurring chemical found in your digestive tract) to break down and absorb fat cells. The deoxycholic acid dissolves fat, which becomes cellular waste your body gets rid of for long-lasting results!
LipoDissolve and Kybella treatment process
First, your provider applies the topical lidocaine to help keep you comfortable during the injection process. We mark and measure a customized grid to map out the injection points according to your treatment plan. Your provider will begin the injection process on the treatment area, which takes roughly 10 minutes or less!
After the LipoDissolve or Kybella injections, we’ll remove the grid and apply ice to help calm any swelling. Swelling is normal directly after this treatment; it happens as the deoxycholic acid works to break down fat cells. Most patients need 2 Kybella treatments minimum for optimal results. Your second session will come at least 4 weeks after your initial treatment. Once your body removes those dead fat cells, they can’t come back! Additional injections of LipoDissolve will be evaluated after your 8 week follow up.
CoolSculpting is your other option for double chin reduction to improve the neck area. CoolSculpting can slim and trim your body, and it also treats submental fat in the double chin too! The smaller applicator for this area freezes away fat cells. Your body eliminates the waste and those cells can’t return!
We’ve completed over 7,000 CoolSculpting treatments and counting with this non-surgical fat reduction treatment! We are an Allergan Diamond Practice, meaning we have the distinguished honor of being in the top 4% of practices for this treatment and others!
CoolSculpting treatment process
First, your CoolSculpting specialist will mark and measure under the chin and place a gel sheet to protect your skin from the cooling applicator. Next, they will place the applicator on your skin for the treatment duration—typically 35 minutes per treatment cycle.
After your provider removes the applicator, your skin will be cold, red, and firm. Per your treatment plan, we will massage the area with Z Wave to help further enhance results. Z Wave uses high-energy radial shock waves to help reduce post-treatment discomfort and increase the rate of fat absorption for removal!
After the treatment, your fat cells are frozen; they die and your body naturally processes and removes them. You may need multiple treatment sessions for optimal results.
Neck tightening with Morpheus8 RF microneedling
The main treatment we recommend as one of the best neck tightening procedures in Cincinnati is Morpheus8 RF microneedling. This treatment combines traditional microneedling with radiofrequency energy to generate heat and tighten the skin and contour unwanted fat.
Traditional microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy because it performs so well for stimulating collagen. Microneedling causes micro-injuries in the skin, telling the skin to create its own collagen to heal.
Morpheus8 goes even deeper in the skin for further collagen stimulation. Using fractional radiofrequency, it achieves deeper skin tightening and fat/adipose remodeling benefits. It is FDA-cleared as a Subdermal Adipose Remodeling Device (SARD), meaning it treats more than just the skin. It treats below the skin to tighten and contour without surgery.
Stephanie Green, Patient Coordinator & Medispa Consultant Specialist goes over Morpheus8 and other skin tightening treatments:
Morpheus8 treatment process
First, your specialist will apply a topical numbing cream to your neck area. We also offer ProNox® to assist with any discomfort or anxiety during the treatment. Once your skin is prepped and adequately numbed, we use the Morpheus8 device to systematically treat your neck.
Most patients say Morpheus8 feels like a warm sensation with some mild discomfort because of the microneedles. Treatment time for Morpheus8 will depend on the areas being treated.
After your treatment, we will give you post-care instructions. Most patients experience mild redness for 1 or 2 days after the procedure. Your custom treatment plan may include multiple sessions for the best results possible.
Optional contour and lift with cosmetic threads
A lesser known treatment option that’s often referred to as a “non-surgical neck lift” is cosmetic threads! Cosmetic threads, also known as PDO threads, can serve as physician reinforcement for your skin’s structure AND stimulate collagen production to help improve your skin for the long term. The threads themselves are like sutures; we inject them into the skin with a tiny micro-cannula needle.
There are 3 different types of PDO threads and each of them has a type of function:
- Barbed threads help lift and tighten skin.
- Smooth threads help your skin produce collagen.
- Twisted threads create volume and structure.
We can use a combination of thread types for your specific concerns on any number of areas to enhance your jawline contour and help lift sagging skin.
💡 Note: If you choose to get PDO threads in combination with Morpheus8, they need to be done AFTER because the thermal heat from Morpheus8 would dissolve the threads. Your provider will ensure we do the procedures in the proper order if they are both a part of your treatment plan.
Cosmetic threads treatment process
First, your provider will prep and cleanse your skin and mark the areas where they’ll place the threads. They will insert the threads and ensure you’re comfortable throughout the process. How many threads you receive depends on your individual treatment plan.
Once the threads are in place, they will remain under your skin. The sutures eventually dissolve, and new collagen forms can last for 12 to 15 months!
See More Cosmetic Threading Before and Afters!
Prolonging your results with skin care
Improving the delicate skin on your neck doesn’t stop with professional treatments; at-home neck skin care is essential! You can prolong your results from any of your neck tightening procedures with products formulated for this specific area. Our favorite? SkinMedica®’s Neck Correct Cream!
Made for all skin types, this cream is for the neck and decolletage to help prevent and improve signs of aging for lifted, firmer, smoother skin.
This product uses several key ingredients to support collagen and elastin, like:
- Green Microalgae Extract
- Shiitake Mushroom Extract
- Rice Protein
- Lemon Balm Extract
Neck Correct also has ingredients to help improve the appearance of neck “bands” and protect your skin from free radicals.
Neck skin care tips
Below are some general tips to follow for your at-home neck skin care:
- Don’t neglect it: Use all of your skincare products on your neck and decolletage, not just your face!
- Product application: Apply your skincare products to your neck in upward strokes to avoid encouraging sagging.
- Wear sunscreen: Wearing sunscreen all year round of SPF 30 or higher greatly reduces signs of photoaging.
Visit Amy Brenner MD, & Associates for a customized treatment plan for neck tightening procedures in Cincinnati!
In summary, our skin care professionals will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and desired results from neck tightening procedures. We can recommend a combination of treatments for the best results possible.
Typically, our neck treatment plans follow in this order and depend on your goals:
For fat reduction:
LipoDissolve and Kybella
For neck skin tightening:
For jawline contouring and neck lift:
At Amy Brenner, MD & Associates, we offer a warm, friendly environment while providing the highest quality surgical procedures and aesthetic treatments to help you look great and feel great. No matter what, we will stick with you throughout your entire journey because your goals are our goals.
Try out an instant virtual consultation or book your in-person consultation today!