In the Neck of Time

As early as your 20s and 30s, gravity, sun damage and other elements of aging begin taking their toll on your neck. No matter how much time has passed, restore some of that youthful look through these treatments recommended by Atlanta’s expert plastic surgeons and aestheticians.

Youthful neck

  • Bipolar Radiofrequency (RF) – RF can be used for clients off all skin types and colors to tighten loose skin of the jawline and neck without surgery. An electric current runs between two electrodes placed on the skin, heating up the tissue and stimulating dermal collagen. After several treatments, costing $237 to $385, you can help maintain results by applying topical serums at home such as A+ serum and Vital C Serum. Available at: Institut’ DERMed, 3726 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA,

- Information provided by Lyn Ross, LME, Founder of Institut’DERMed


  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) & Micro Vein Laser – These light and laser treatments remove unwanted sun damage on the neck like brown spots and redness. The skin may be pink for about one day after either procedure. Revision’s FDA-approved Nectifirm works well for at-home maintenance and further repair of loose, pigmented neck tissue. Depending on which laser procedure you choose, the cost may be anywhere from $125 to $1200. Available at: Bella by Alethea, 4603 Wieuca Road, Atlanta, GA, 

- Information provided by Alethea Tinkle, medical aesthetician 

  • SkinPen Microneedling – Microneedling creates precise micro-injuries to the skin, which trigger the body to dissolve damaged tissue and replace it with new cells, resulting in sun damage reversal and acne scar improvement. The procedure costs $300 for the face and neck. Your skin may have slight redness for two to four days, and your skin’s natural repair process will make the final result visible in three to six months. Be sure to wear sunblock and use a good antioxidant serum to prevent further damage. Available at: Nirvana Med Spa, 4380 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA, 

- Information provided by Sharilyn Berg, medical aesthetician and certified laser specialist 

  • Ultherapy – This one-time, permanent treatment is ideal for anyone age 35 to 80 with mild to moderate laxity of skin. Ultherapy uses FDA-indicated ultrasound technology for a full face and neck lift, and it works on all skin types. With no significant downtime, patients will see results anywhere from immediately to three months post-procedure. A full neck treatment, which excludes the lower jaw, begins at $2,700. Available at: Harley Anti-Aging, 2678 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA, 

- Information provided by Sharon Bent-Harley, MD, board-certified OB/GYN and owner of Harley Anti-Aging Institute  

  • Exilis - This non-invasive, FDA-approved Exilis device uses a computer to deliver controlled heat to the skin, which stimulates collagen and smooths wrinkles. With no significant side effects, the recommended care afterward is simply to increase your water intake and engage in some light exercise like walking. Four to six sessions cost $1499. Available at: Youthtopia Medspa, 3665 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA, 

 - Information provided by Marla Brown, owner of Youthopia Medspa 

  • Surgical Neck Lift - To contour and eliminate loose skin and muscle problems like vertical bands, this procedure begins with incisions beneath the chin, behind the ears and sometimes along the front of the ear. The surgeon elevates the skin, repairs the vertical bands, trims excess skin if necessary and can even remove  excess fat. Downtime ranges from a few days to a week, while swelling and bruising resolve and stitches are removed or absorbed. The cost of this procedure varies based on the costs of the operating room, anesthesia and the surgeon. Available at: Y Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2500 Hospital Blvd., Suite 410, Roswell, GA,  

-Information provided by Asaf Yalif, MD, FACS, founder of Y Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

  • Platysmaplasty - This surgery is less invasive than a full neck lift, since it is accomplished via a small incision under the chin, but it still successfully tightens a sagging neck and jawline. It can be performed under twilight or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference, and patients are back to normal activities after two days to a week. The cost is approximately $2,900, and the procedure is often combines with other contouring procedures like facial liposuction or a chin implant. Available at: The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, 6111 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta, GA, 

- Information provided by Brian Maloney, MD, FACS, founder of The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery 

Don’t Rick your neck! No matter what procedure you choose, make sure your provider is licensed or certified in their discipline.
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