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Crinkly skin below the chin is mainly caused by sun damage leading to collagen loss. The sun’s UVA rays penetrate through (tinted) windows, and windscreens to age and thin skin over time.
Lasers such as the Fraxel can be used safely on the neck and décolletage but have a slightly longer downtime for effect, may be prohibitive cost wise and may not be suitable for all skin tones.
Injectable dermal fillers, as well as the newer biostimulator fillers can plump the skin up from within. Dermal fillers can hydrate and plump up thinning skin while the biostimulator fillers not only plump up skin, they also stimulate your own collagen, improving skin quality over time for up to 1-2 years.
Mono threads are relatively new on the market, but increasingly used in areas with loose, thin skin or even stretch marks to stimulate new collagen as the threads are broken down by the body and replaced by your own collagen in the process. As with all biostimulatory products, these don’t provide an immediate improvement but over some months.
Loosening skin and thick banding of the platysma muscle (which runs from chin to clavicle) create the look we call “turkey neck.” Treatment options depend on the severity of the sagging.
Radiofrequency, alongside HIFU, are noninvasive ultrasound based options that create controlled microinjury to the tissue surrounding the muscles, stimulating a healing response that creates more collagen, which in turn tightens and lifts skin gradually. The procedure is best for those with mild sagging; very loose skin is best corrected by surgery.
Protrusion of the platysma muscle is also common but here is where the benefit of caring for your skin over the years can pay off- if you have good skin quality, and the problem is mainly the platysmal bands, we can relax them from chin/ jaw down to the collarbones using anti wrinkle treatments, thereby reshaping the jawline in the process subtly.
While most neck and chest problems become apparent as we reach middle age, a double chin may be something you are born with, irrespective of age. Occasionally, there may be the illusion of a double chin due to an underdeveloped chin, in which case dermal fillers may be able to help improve the shadowing. For the chin fat itself, there are fat dissolving injectable treatments that use an acid that dissolves superficial chin fat Patients typically need multiple treatments, which are spaced a month apart. An initial assessment is important to determine if you would be a good candidate, because some people have fat deeper in the chin area, which injectables may not be able to reach and which may be more amenable to liposuction; while liposuction may be better in a young person whose plagued with a double chin that is deep, paradoxically, it may cause more harm than good for older people seeking to get rid of their double chins, often leaving them with sagging tissue in the process if too much fat is removed from lax tissue so a consultation is vital prior to proceeding with treatment.
For many of us, our 30s can be a time of much change. Many of us may have children, with pregnancy and associated changes, breastfeeding, chronic sleep deprivation and wrangling little children. Additionally many of us may be dealing with work outside the home at the same time, and making progression on the career ladder, […]
Injectables are tricky to master, and anyone who tells you it’s easy, is often not telling the truth. With more experience, I’ve found that I see more and more variation in faces as to what can go wrong, go awry and even lead to unexpected results. Just like with Medicine, there is usually a Dunning-Kruger […]
Every few weeks of late, it seems, we are seeing posts on social media of young women with rare complications due to injectables, namely, dermal filler. Not that long ago, it was a young woman who posted of her experience on TikTok. Shortly after, well known influencer Lily Ghalichi posted of her own experience with […]
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Skin Essentials will reopen the week beginning 11th October 2021.
Per NSW government regulations, only double vaccinated patients will be served when we reopen and we will be checking vaccination certificates for all patients upon booking. This requirement may change as of December 1st, and we will advise you accordingly.
Please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text us (0413174654) your vaccination certificate as soon after booking as you can. We will not be able to see anyone for treatments or confirm appointments without this.
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