Say Goodbye To A Crepey Neck

Say Goodbye To A Crepey Neck

Crepey skin is a prevalent condition that can easily affect all skin types as we grow older. It commonly affects people in their late 40s and 50s; however, it can present itself in those as young as 20. Whilst the condition may look very similar to wrinkled skin, crepey skin impacts larger areas such as the neck. The affected skin will also feel significantly thinner and more fragile; this is where its likeness to crepe paper has originated. 

No matter how old you are, crepey skin can considerably affect your self-consciousness; most people feel insecure about their concerned areas, especially in younger patients. This is why, at Aesthetics of Liverpool, we have identified a range of treatments that can help to eliminate crepey skin—allowing you to feel and look your best. Please read on to learn more about our crepey skin treatments in Liverpool.

First things first, what causes crepey skin to occur? 

There are two main causes of crepey skin: sun damage and the natural ageing process. However, it is worth noting that dehydration and weight loss can also cause this skin complaint to develop. 

Sun Damage

The sun’s rays can have a detrimental impact on the skin. However, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can be categorised into three groups, each impacting our skin differently.

The sun radiates heat down to Earth via UVA, UVB and UVC. UVA and UVB are the most dangerous rays to humans, as UVC rays are absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere and, consequently, do not reach the surface. However, UVB rays are responsible for causing sunburn as this form of UV targets the skin’s outer layers. Therefore, to limit its impact, it is always recommended to wear suncream with a high SPF rating. 

Of the three rays, UVA is responsible for causing crepey skin. This is due to these rays penetrating through the epidermis, reaching the tissue below. Here the ultraviolet rays react with the pigment in the skin called melanin. Melanin is able to absorb these harmful UV rays; however, once at capacity, the additional UV is free to attack the skin’s proteins. 

In the case of crepey skin, collagen and elastin levels are significantly reduced, impacting the skin’s elasticity and weakening its structure. With more UV exposure, the skin loses its integrity and begins to sag, wrinkling up forming a textured appearance. With less collagen, the affected area becomes fragile and crepey skin forms. 

Ageing Skin

If you keep on top of your skincare routine and take necessary precautions against the sun’s rays, crepey skin can unfortunately still form over time. As we age, we naturally see a reduction in the amount of collagen and elastin our body produces. With lower levels of these proteins, the skin sees a reduction in volume as fibres weaken. 

You may not know that this decrease in collagen can begin as young as 25 years old. Of course, when this reduction starts will depend on the individual, and your environment and lifestyle will also factor in. For example, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking can also impact collagen production as well as high levels of pollution

Can crepey skin be prevented?

If your body is yet to show signs of crepey skin, then prevention is a possibility. First and foremost, you must ensure your skin is protected from the sun’s harmful rays. With many skin conditions, sun damage will accelerate if not cause the problem. Therefore, make sure you apply SPF sunscreen and protect sensitive areas of skin, such as the neck. Sun hats and taking respite in the shade is always recommended too.

Another preventative is investing in a good moisturiser and body lotion. These skincare products can help the skin retain its moisture, helping to lock in the essential goodness and volume. For those with the initial signs of crepey skin, keeping these areas well moisturised will help to improve the appearance in the short term.

Whilst the above are suitable preventative measures, you must remember they will not help your skin reverse the impact of crepey skin. There are, however, aesthetic procedures that will help eliminate crepey skin. Read on to find out more.

SkinPen

The latest in micro-therapy, this treatment is extremely popular with medical professionals globally. It incorporates micro-needling technology to create micro-injuries under the dermis. The micro-injuries are practically painless; however, they are able to stimulate the body’s healing response by imitating a trauma.

The body naturally sends signals for more collagen and elastin to be created. This influx of proteins causes a contraction under the skin, strengthening the skin’s structure and tightening the surface. Wrinkled, crepey skin is repaired internally as collagen and elastin help to replicate a smooth, firm surface. 

The procedure is FDA-approved and can last only half an hour, depending on the patient. As a non-surgical option, this procedure has no downtime, and you can return to your day-to-day routine straight away. 

PRX-T33

This treatment is a peel designed to smooth crepey skin. It works from the inside out and targets the layers of deep tissue without harming the epidermis. The peel is a combination of TCA and hydrogen peroxide, both of which cause the fibroblasts and growth factors under the skin to iron out wrinkles. This treatment is non-invasive with long-lasting results. Find out more in our blog here.

Morpheus8

Morpheus8 is revolutionary and combines the powers of micro-needling with radiofrequency. The micro-needling, as mentioned above, causes micro-injuries that promote the production of collagen and elastin as a means of tightening and volumising the skin. Simultaneously, RF energy penetrates deep into the skin and creates thermal wounds. The thermal wounds act similar to the micro-injuries and can promote further collagen and elastin production, so you’re getting a double-edged approach from this treatment. It is no surprise that Morpheus8 is a popular treatment, especially in celebrity circles

FORMA

Forma is a skin and tissue remodelling technology that uses heat. RF energy penetrates below the skin and can reach optimal temperatures that are effective for causing a contraction in the deep layers of skin. The RF energy will also cause micro-injuries as well. Forma uses a sub-dermal applicator that allows practitioners to control the temperature to precisely achieve the best results. This is also a non-surgical procedure with little downtime. You can discover more here. 

Collagen Mono Threads

Collagen Mono Threads are a non-surgical skin rejuvenation procedure! Minimally invasive and with a far shorter recovery time, this treatment option allows smooth, mono threads to be inserted to improve the texture and quality of your skin. Unlike MINT Super Thread Lifts and MINT Fix Thread Lifts, Collagen Mono Thread Lifts do not lift sagging skin into a new, tighter position. Instead, Collagen Mono Threads enable the skin’s natural healing process to kick in, producing much-needed collagen and elastin proteins. The threads are made of a dissolvable material (colourless polyester) and so break down naturally in the body over the course of 4-6 months; however, collagen and elastin will continue to be produced in the area to rejuvenate the skin. 

In addition, when these threads are inserted deeper into the dermis, they are able to stimulate lipolysis. Lipolysis is the process where excess lipids (fats) are broken down into fatty-free acids and glycerol; these natural substances are useful for mobilising the body’s stored energy. And in return, excess fat that has built up in the treated area is reduced. 

As you can see, here at Aesthetics of Liverpool, we have a wide range of options for treating crepey skin. If you would like more information, please head over to our website. Here you can book in for an initial consultation with our Specialist Dermatologist. In this appointment, our qualified professional will be able to assess your skin and advise you on the best treatment plan. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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Medical Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only. *Disclaimer: Actual results may vary on an individual basis. All deposits are non-refundable. Please note that we do not treat under 21 years of age and that all bookings are subject to a consultation with our Clinical Director to ensure you are safe for treatment.  Thread Lifts are carried out by Dr Suneetha Kovvuri GMC No 5195454.

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