When I started my anti-aging explorations, I really wasn’t thinking about my neck. It was just there to hold up my head and someplace to hang a great necklace. As I could see changes on my face from Retin A, I could see a clear difference in the skin quality between my cheeks and my neck. Dr Marmur, my uber dermatologist, told me that I could use Retin A on my neck, but it would take at least a year to show genuine results. She also reminded me to use sunscreen on my neck, something I had NEVER done. It just didn’t occur to me.
After several months on Retin A without the big results I saw on my face, we decided to remove the big freckles and age spots with lasers and cauterization. When she finished, my neck looked like it had been attacked by a flock of vampire bats. I wore scarves for several months, even when the weather was warm and sunny. When they healed I was meticulous about using sunscreenon my newly clear neck skin. I have continued using Retin A and while the changes are not as dramatic as on the face, I can see improvements. The chicken skin bumps are smaller, the color a bit better and the general texture is smoother.
The easy to do treatments for the neck are limited. Botox can relax the vertical lines that are are more prominent as the years go by. Fillers can be used on the horizontal lines that deepen over time. IPL and microdermabrasion are not options for the neck and most real changes would need to be done surgically. Procedures to pull and titghten neck skin, the so-called “Madonna Lift”, is the current operation of choice. If you look at recent pix of the performer’s neck, it has the smooth taut lines of a women in her twenties. It’s a beautiful example of cosmetic surgery gone right, but its not on my to-do list. I make my living with my brains, not beauty– and instead of going to a cosmetic surgeon, for now I’m just going to opt for Dr Hermes.