The three part anti-aging neck makeover at Marmur Medical started with Botox to relax those two vertical muscles under the chin. Next step is the Clear and Brilliant laser which is a baby version of Fraxel. My neck looked generally better after Botox, but the skin is still rough and bumpy. This is charmingly called “chicken skin” and is the result of a loss of collagen in the skin. Clear and Brilliant laser stimulates this essential protein, something the older neck sorely needs.
Aging Neck Meets Laser Love
In the examining room, my neck is pre-treated with lidocaine to reduce discomfort. Its a gel that is applied generously and remains on the skin for about 20 minutes. I grab a stack of magazines to read as I wait to get numb. When the time is up, Edgar, Dr Marmur’s medical assistant wipes off the lidocaine and sets the Clear and Brilliat meter to medium. He starts moving the head of the machine over the skin in an even pass from the chin to the chest. It stings more than I would have liked so we lower the setting and things settle down. (Next time I won’t be in such a hurry and will give more time for the lidocaine to work).
The Clear and Brilliant is a non-ablative laser which means that it works below the surface and does not cause the skin to peel. My treatment took about 10 minutes and left my neck bright red and tight like a sunburn. Edgar slathered the skin with moisturizer and within two hours the redness had faded. Within two days, I could already see a smoothing of the surface. Those chicken bumps are definately flatter and smaller. Over the next few weeks, more collagen will grow and the skin will look even smoother and tighter.
Current guidelines recommend 3-6 Clear and Brilliant treatments for each area. Part three of the neck makeover will be filler to erase the horizontal lines, but I might need another Clear and Brilliant treatment before this final step.
To preserve my benefits, I made a blood oath to Dr Marmur that I would use an effective sunscreen each and every day. My current favorite is CeraVe SPF50. Its got everything I look for in a sunscreen. CeraVe is a physical sunscreen with both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide plus ceramides, my very most favorite moisturizing ingredient.