WHAT IS NECK BOTOX?

One of the most common and dreaded signs of aging is loose skin and horizontal lines around the neck. Botox injections prevent this lax skin from developing in the first place and can reverse the lines that have already occured. Neck botox, also called Nefertiti neck lift is a treatment that involves neurotoxin injections into the platysmal bands – muscles located along the neck. Relaxing these muscle chords causes reduction of vertical neck bands and horizontal wrinkles, and prevents the formation of turkey neck over time.

Botox is an FDA cleared treatment and is a quick and painless procedure that takes 10-20 minutes with no surgical downtime. Neurotoxin injections in the platysmal bands are clinically proven to be an effective method to treat neck wrinkles, sagging skin, and other age related concerns located around the neck and jawline.

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WHY DO I HAVE NECK WRINKLES?

Neck wrinkles vs other facial wrinkles:  

Neck wrinkles are both similar and yet different from most common wrinkles in the face.

Most rhytids form along the lines of muscular contractions and they always form perpendicular to the direction of muscular contraction. This is easily illustrated in frown lines where the corrugators contract medially (sideways toward the middle of the nose) and the frown furrows also known as 11’s lines form vertical to that muscle movement.

How platysmal bands form:

This pattern is seen in the formation of neck lines as the platysma muscle contracts vertically and the lines form horizontally. An additional component unique to neck anatomy is that overtime unhindered action of platysma leads to a state of permanent muscular spasm resulting in vertical chords protruding vertically along the neck and producing a typical “saggy neck” look.

How platysmal chords are treated:

These vertical chords also contribute to development of the turkey neck, and are usually a tell-tale sign of one’s advanced age. Once fully evolved the chords are irreversible with neurotoxins or other minimally invasive interventions and can only be addressed by surgical platysmaplasty.

The goal of Botox neck treatment is to maintain the platysma in a state of semi-permanent relaxation so that those pesky chords don’t have an opportunity to develop in the first place.

HOW DOES NECK BOTOX WORK?

Neck lines – The primary signs of aging along the neck are horizontal neck lines that circle around a mature neck, and droopy skin that runs from the chin and jawline down the neck. Both develop over the course of time as the platysma neck muscle, which runs vertically from the bottom of the face to your clavicle continuously contracts, gradually stretching the skin.

Botox for neck wrinkles – When injected, onabotulinum toxin type A works by blocking neurotransmitters and stopping platysmal contractions. In turn, the formation of lax skin and its accompanying horizontal rhytids in the neck are diminished.

Botox neck lift, also known as Nefertiti neck lift, is most effective on patients that haven’t yet developed excessive saggy skin, as the neurotoxin does not reverse loose skin, but prevents it from forming in the neck.

Neck botox has grown to become a very popular minimally invasive cosmetic treatment to prevent unflattering signs of aging in the neck. The influence of mature celebrities, who miraculously still look youthful and unaged is undeniable.

But Nefertiti lift offers a variety of benefits, including the reduction of both horizontal neck wrinkles and halts the progression of turkey neck. Additionally, it helps create a more pronounced definition of the jaw, all while being non-surgical, without any of the risks and side effects associated with invasive surgery.

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WHAT IS A NEFERTITI LIFT PROCEDURE LIKE?

You will first have a consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg, in which he will examine your neck to establish a custom treatment plan. During this time you will also have the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns about the treatment.

Once you are a confirmed candidate, the treatment area will be sanitized and marked. Using a fine needle, Dr. Schwarzburg will inject your platysmal bands and neck muscles in the marked injection sites. The injection process will take 10 – 20 minutes and once complete you are provided with an ice pack and sent home.

HOW MANY UNITS OF BOTULINUM TOXIN ARE NEEDED TO TREAT NECK BANDS?

The number of neurotoxin units needed to treat neck bands is completely variable and is based on a set of factors, including the size of the surface area to be treated, and the strength of the neck muscles. Anywhere from 40 – 100 units of Botox are injected to achieve optimal outcomes.

DO BOTOX INJECTIONS IN THE NECK HURT?

Contrary to common belief, skin in your neck is not very sensitive and the procedure is tolerated extremely well with minimal to no pain. If you have low pain tolerance, a topical numbing cream will be applied for 15 – 20 minutes prior to your injections.

CAN BOTOX INJECTIONS TREAT NECK PAIN?

In some cases, onabotulinum type A is used medically to treat cervical dystonia, also known as spasmodic torticollis, which is a condition in which the patient experiences muscle stiffness and involuntary muscle spasms in the neck pulling the head in various directions.

Chronic neck pain and discomfort in the neck ensue, which can be significantly reduced using Botox injections, as they paralyze the muscle minimizing the occurrence of these muscle spasms. This is often combined with physical therapy and other treatment options to resolve neck stiffness.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH BOTOX IN THE NECK?

Botox aesthetic is an FDA-approved minimally invasive treatment and has been clinically deemed safe. However, just like any medical procedure, this minimally invasive neck lift does come with potential risks and side effects including bruising, swelling, redness, and in more serious cases weakness in your neck, difficulty swallowing, and headaches, all of which can be avoided by seeing a board-certified physician.

HOW LONG DOES NECK PAIN LAST AFTER BOTOX?

Neck pain and tenderness may last up to 48 hours and can be helped with over-the-counter painkillers. If you experience tenderness around the injected areas, ask your provider which medications they suggest you take.

WHEN WILL I SEE MY NECK BOTOX TREATMENT RESULTS?

Your results will become evident within 7 – 14 days post-treatment as the muscle gradually relaxes with the neck having fewer wrinkles and looking tighter and lifted. If the results are suboptimal, you may need additional units of neurotoxin. On average, Nefertiti lift results last up to 4 months and can be maintained with regular visits to your botox clinic.

WHAT WILL MY BEFORE AND AFTER NECK BOTOX RESULTS LOOK LIKE?

Before your neck botox you will likely have beginning signs of aging around your neck, such as horizontal lines circling your neck and mild laxity. After your neck botox treatment, these unattractive manifestations will be reduced and the formation of further wrinkling and sagging neck skin will be minimized.

CAN BOTOX HELP TURKEY NECK?

Yes! Botulinum toxin can help intercept the development of turkey neck which is caused by constant contractions of the platysmal bands stretching out the skin. When injected into these neck bands, these contractions are limited, preventing them from skin laxity.

DOES BOTOX HELP NECK WRINKLES?

Yes, botulinum toxin helps neck wrinkles by preventing loss of collagen, when skin folds into itself creating neck lines. The more saggy skin you have, the easier it is to develop neck lines.

CAN BOTOX TIGHTEN YOUR NECK?

Botox treatment can tighten your neck by restricting platysma muscle contractions that would otherwise stretch out your skin. However, in severe cases of skin laxity, the injections will not help on their own and must be combined with other neck skin tightening treatments, such as Fraxel Dual laser treatments, or a surgical neck lift. Because it relaxes the muscle, the neuromodulator is often used to treat muscle stiffness and “tech neck”.

CAN BOTOX HELP A CREPEY NECK?

The neurotoxin can help prevent the formation of rhytids around the neck which contribute to a crepey appearance. However, in order to truly treat a crepey neck, botox will likely be combined with other skin treatments such as Secret RF microneedling collagen enhancing treatment.

HOW MUCH DOES NEFERTITI NECK COST?

The price of neck botox treatment ranges $400 to $1200 and depends on multiple factors including the size of the treated area, the number of units used, the strength of the platysma and the expertise of the doctor performing the procedure.

DOES NEFERTITI LIFT WORK?

Yes, a Nefertiti lift works! Keep in mind that Nefertiti lift is considered an “off label” use for Botox, meaning that FDA hasn’t approved this specific application. However, multiple studies have provided evidence of the treatment being successful and this advanced procedure should only be performed by a highly trained and experienced physician.

IS BOTOX IN THE NECK DANGEROUS?

Botox injections are off-label use for the neck area. If erroneously injected into laryngeal and pharyngeal muscles the side effects can be devastating, including the inability to swallow. Hence it is paramount to have a board certified injector with extensive experience and complete understanding of the neck anatomy.

WHAT PROCEDURES COMPLEMENT NEFERTITI NECK LIFT?

There are several treatments that can be used in conjunction with a Nefertiti lift to tighten the neck and contour of the jawline.

Some of these treatments include collagen enhancing skin tightening, using lasers and microneedling tools such as Fraxel and Secret RF.

For more dramatic lifting, the treatment is often combined with a PDO thread neck lift, which is a non surgical neck lift. Treatments like Ultherapy are also used to tighten the neck skin and underlying tissues around the jawline, while Kybella and CoolSculpting can enhance the chin and jawline by removing stubborn fat in that area. Finally, dermal fillers such as Juvederm are used alongside Botox injections in the neck and jawline, to fill deeper static wrinkles that have lost too much collagen to be treatable using neuromodulator alone, and to contour the jawline for an overall more youthful and chiseled appearance.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND BEFORE GETTING BOTOX NECK INJECTIONS

Before you get Botox injected into your neck, you should keep a few things in mind. The neuromodulator should always be administered by a highly trained and skilled physician because it is a highly advanced procedure. While a board certification is not a must, it is preferable due to the extensive training and expertise required to acquire such high tier credentials. This will ensure that you are in safe hands and get the results that you want. Also keep in mind that Botox is not permanent, so in order to maintain your results, regular follow-up appointments are recommended.

TAKEAWAY

Botox in the neck can be used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and prevent the formation of skin ptosis or turkey neck. It is also commonly used to treat conditions causing chronic neck pain such as cervical dystonia, resulting not only in a more relaxed, but rejuvenated overall neck and jawline. Nefertiti neck lift is not permanent and requires maintenance every few months. Be sure to schedule your appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon to get the best solution to solve your neck concerns.

HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH MY NEFERTITI NECK LIFT?

If you want to schedule your Nefertiti lift in NYC, then you are in the perfect hands with Dr. Schwarzburg at Skinly Aesthetics. With over a decade of acquired expertise and a highly sought after board certification, Dr. Schwarzburg is a leading expert in the field of cosmetic medicine in New York. Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Skinly Aesthetics is owned and operated by Dr. Schwarzburg himself, to ensure that all of his patients receive the quality treatment that they deserve.

You can schedule your consultation today by calling (212) 774-4264, or by emailing us at info@skinlyaesthetics.com.