As for the claim that a cream or lotion can lift sagging skin, dermatologists say that's not possible. A cream or lotion cannot penetrate the skin deeply enough to do this. Still, you may see a small change if a product contains a retinoid, such as retinol, which can help your body make more collagen.
Add retinol to your skincare routine
Known as a “Holy Grail” of anti-aging, retinol supports natural surface skin cell renewal, working to smooth the skin's texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Apply once a week to the neck to help get rid of the appearance of neck lines.
Use a Retinol Serum Nightly – Retinol when applied topically to the skin helps exfoliate and resurface the neck area. Since the skin of the neck can be more sensitive than the face, try starting with a small amount of product.
Use Retinol for Neck Firming
For board-certified dermatologist Roberta Del Campo, Retin-A (or retinoic acid) is a hero product for neck firming. "[Retinol] is a vitamin that helps speed up cell turnover and increases collagen production," she says.
There are many moisturizers on the market that are anecdotally said to help reduce the appearance of neck lines. Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers are more invasive procedures that can also temporarily correct fine lines.
After 6-9 months of regular Tretinoin use, you may notice firmer, less saggy skin around the eyes and jawline and fewer wrinkles. Be sure to use a good sunscreen every day (SPF 30 or higher) when using Retin A.
Retinol can help smooth skin and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid can help brighten skin; it holds up to 1000 times its weight in moisture. Collagen is essential for firm, youthful skin and strong hair, nails, and joints.
Dr. Kassouf recommends retinol topical creams to help reduce that crepey look. Retinols help restore skin's elasticity and thicken collagen (which gives our skin its structure) as well as elastin (which gives our skin its stretch).
Liposuction: This body-shaping procedure dissolves undesirable fat from hard to target areas, including submental fat under the chin. Neck-Tite™: This minimally-invasive procedure uses radiofrequency energy to melt fat and rejuvenate the neck and jowls.
For sagging jowls or chin, a laser may not be the best option. Rather, ultrasound, or Ultherapy, most effectively treats skin laxity. Other cosmetic options, and Kythera's soon to be released product, can also improve a lax jowl or chin.
Step 1: Close your mouth and slowly push your jaw forward. Step 2: Lift up your low lip and push up until you feel the muscles in your chin and jawline stretch. Step 3: Stay in this position for about 10 seconds before repeating the exercise. The tongue twister targets muscles below the chin to tone the jawline.
“Cumulative sun exposure over a lifetime has always been the main culprit of premature aging on the neck.” On top of that, our cell phone addictions aren't helping the cause. “Between sun exposure and the addition of looking at our phones repeatedly, we are seeing neck changes even earlier,” says Engelman.
Dermatologists may use a radiofrequency device, ultrasound, or pulsed light device, often known as laser treatment, to help treat crepey skin from the inside out. The device heats small areas of skin, putting energy deep into the skin. This procedure helps the collagen to remodel and makes the skin tighter as a result.
Pollack explains that the neck's skin and muscles become loose once we reach age 40. The skin becomes less able to shrink with weight loss, and weakened muscles can create a banded appearance.
Vaseline itself won't shrink your pores or treat wrinkles, but keeping your skin moisturized is an essential preventative measure to slow the signs of aging on your skin.
So what can we do to prevent jowls? Prescribe a topical Retinol cream to stimulate your collagen production to give support and structure back into your skin.
Ultherapy: Ultherapy is the only noninvasive treatment cleared by the FDA to lift the neck, chin, and brow. It delivers ultrasound energy deep into the skin, stimulating the production of collagen. Collagen is vital to the development of tight, smooth skin.
Kybella is currently the only FDA-approved nonsurgical injectable technique that permanently dissolves unwanted fat underneath the chin. Kybella takes about 15-20 minutes to administer and has a very short downtime compared to surgical procedures such as liposuction.