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Treating Neck Skin Lines With Hyaluronic Acid Filler
Hyaluronic acid fillers are emerging as a possible treatment for the rejuvenation of skin beyond just the face. Horizontal skin lines on the neck are among the most obvious signs of ageing. Wrinkling, loss of moisture and thinning of the skin, coupled with a weakening of the neck muscles, result in vertical or horizontal bands that are a common complaint from patients. Current treatments include radiofrequency to ‘blur out’ skin lines, or surgery to tighten the muscles and remove sagging skin.
Korean researchers are seeking less invasive methods. Since fillers like hyaluronic acid are common for treating wrinkles or jowls in the face, a 2017 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology looked at the possibility of using the injectable treatment to fill out horizontal neck lines too.
Researchers injected hyaluronic acid gel in 14 patients presenting with visible horizontal neck folds. The amount injected was determined according to the severity of the neck fold, and only one half of the neck was treated with filler. Patients were serially photographed and followed up for two months to assess the filler’s efficacy.
Both the patients and the researchers reported a significant improvement in the injected areas. The only adverse effects were short-term bruising and swelling.
The study’s preliminary findings are promising, but researchers want to conduct further trials to fully gauge hyaluronic acid’s effectiveness in this area. The skin and soft tissue are much thinner on the neck so smaller syringes and dosages are required for the procedure, as well as refined techniques of infiltration. Patients must also be followed up beyond the usual two-month period to ensure long-term safety and efficacy.
Nevertheless, the potential for fillers like hyaluronic acid to rejuvenate areas beyond the face is a welcome development in the pursuit of therapies for younger looking skin.
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Martin, J. (September 20, 2017.) Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Can Now Help Unsightly Neck Folds. Medical News Bulletin.