Your skin below the chin needs TLC

June 22, 2011

Some use fillers to plump out the lines on your chest.
Some use fillers to plump out the lines on your chest.

If you’re a woman of a certain age, a glance at your exposed chest may show that you need more than a pushup bra. Women in their fifties begin to show wear in exposed areas. According to the June 2011 issue of More magazine, “Your skin below the chin needs TLC.”

Nora Ephron, author of “I Feel Bad About My Neck” is not alone. Necks are frequently left unprotected with moisturizer and sunscreen. But, if you’re starting to look jowly, there’s a surprising and effective treatment for loose skin under the jawline. A plastic surgeon or dermatologist can skillfully inject Botox into the vertical muscles under your jaw, relaxing them so that they loosen their downward pull on the skin. Cost is $250 and up.

You may also have loose neck skin, sadly but aptly referred to as “turkey neck.” Tighten up before Thanksgiving with Thermage, a skin tightening treatment that uses radio-frequency energy to heat the skin’s deepest layers and stimulate collagen production. Cost is about $1,200. You can also boost Thermage effects with Fraxel, a resurfacing laser. If your knees are also sagging, the same skin tighteners used on the neck are also used to lift and tighten this hard-to-fix area.

Your chest, which is so evident in today’s scooped out styles, may be striated with lines and discolored with mottling. Mottling can be treated with glycolic peel laced with retinoic acid for about $100 to $200 a session. Pigment-targeting lasers will take care of your brown spots in about 3 sessions at $350 each. A hyaluronic acid filler, such as Restylane, could even be used to plump up the lines in your chest for about $500 a treatment.

For treatment options below the chin, contact a board-certified plastic surgeon at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. To prevent further damage, slather your chest with sunscreen, especially in the frequently-exposed clavicle area.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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