Article Type: Press, Online
Publication: Daily Mail
“Never feel bad about your neck again!”
By Alice Hart-Davis as part of extracts to support the launch of her new book The Tweakments Guide.
The skin on your neck is thinner than that on your face, which means it will collapse more easily into wrinkles and folds.
This is made worse by the fact that we are constantly twisting, turning, stretching and compressing our necks. There are also few oil glands there to keep skin supple.
And it all goes downhill as you hit the menopause when, thanks to the reduction in oestrogen, your skin becomes drier and loses elasticity. But help is at hand. Here are treatments that have worked for me . . .
Ultracel adds ultrasound to the Intracel treatment. Ultrasound waves heat the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system), the muscle-like layer of tissue under the skin, causing it to tighten.
What is it? Three technologies deliver a triple-whammy: ultrasound for deep muscular lifting; radiofrequency to tighten skin in the dermis (lower layers); and microneedling for resurfacing.
What it feels like: The radiofrequency device, which is moved round the face, feels warm on the first pass. Then the temperature is turned up, and I feel like it will burn, but it moves on before it does. Ultrasound follows, using a handpiece with a 2 x 1cm nib.
PAIN LEVEL: Five. Moderately uncomfortable.
VERDICT: There was a small, instant result from the way the collagen is forced to contract. A month on, there’s a little less slackness of skin under my jaw. There is minimal downtime, but it is eye-wateringly expensive.
Cost and location: From £3,500 with Dr Rita Rakus (drritarakus.com). Also see thetweakmentsguide.com”