Beauty & Wellness

Neck Knack

Want to keep making that youthful first impression? Better take care of that true-age giveaway spot — and it’s not where you think.
Column by Dr. John J. Martin, MD | June 18, 2018 | Beauty & Wellness

Contrary to popular belief, for many people it’s the neck, not the face, that’s one of the first areas to show signs of aging. There can be an accumulation of fat here that causes you to lose the sharp angle at the jawline. The neck skin is very thin and can become wrinkled, especially in smokers and in people who have had significant sun exposure. There’s also a muscle called the platysma that lies just beneath the fat in the neck. As we age, this muscle can become stretched and can separate in the middle, resulting in the “bands” that can be seen pulling the skin away from the neck. The bands along with the loose skin are often referred to as “turkey neck.” For patients with banding, surgery will be necessary to tighten the muscle and remove the loose skin. Patients without the neckbands may benefit from lasers or ultrasound, both of which can improve the texture of the wrinkled skin and help redefine the jawline.

› Dr. John J. Martin, MD, specializes in eye, facial & neck rejuvenation, as well as laser and other non-surgical treatments for vascular and pigment problems. He received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School, and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. For a consultation, call 305.444.5950 or visit

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