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If you want to know how old someone is, just look at their hands… We have all heard this at one time or another but the same is true for the neck and chest area! These are common areas that get neglected. Because the skin on our neck is thin and sees quite a bit of sun (plus, you know, gravity), it can often show signs of aging sooner than other parts of the body. Most of us are becoming more aware of protecting our skin from the sun and learning how to start looking after our skin from an earlier age.

What causes neck sagging?

The dermis, the layer that contains collagen, is very thin in the neck and chest area, making it more prone to ageing than other parts of the body. The face actually ages slower and heals faster than the neck.

A lack of sunscreen application is one of the reasons for ageing of the neck area. Cumulative sun exposure over a lifetime has always been the main culprit of premature aging on the neck. 

On top of that, our cell phone addictions aren’t helping the cause. Between sun exposure and the addition of looking at our phones repeatedly, we are seeing neck changes even earlier. 

Most of us just don’t realize the consequences of neglecting the neck and decollate areas until we are much older.  

When should I start?

Starting at an early age (I’m talking thirties) is the optimal age, however improvement can be made at ANY age. Unfortunately, most of us only start to think about treating our decollete and neck areas when the skin is severely damaged. Starting at a younger age with non-invasive light and laser therapy is a very effective method for stimulating the collagen and improving the overall texture, colour and tone of the neck.


Here are some of the noticeable signs that can all be improved with treatment:

  • Pigmentation
  • Veins (redness)
  • Poikiloderma/Turkey Neck
  • Lines and Wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Cherry angiomas


Prevention is better than cure, so start early!
Here are the latest treatments to keep your neck and chest looking smooth and tight.

  • RETINOL and SUNBLOCK. These two important products are vital in preventing damage and maintaining healthy tight skin. Read my article here on choosing the right type of sunscreen and how retinol is used to rejuvenate the skin.
  • BBL Forever Young. This is world class procedure with NO DOWN TIME. A clinical study was done on BBL Forever Young, proving that patients treated with only 2x BBL treatments per year, for a 10 year period, all showed significant signs of delayed skin ageing, in fact after the 8 year clinical trial, all patients actually looked younger than when they had started! I have currently been BBL’ing my own skin for 10 years and counting !
  • TYTE & BRYTE. This winning combo of BBL and SKINTYTE is Brilliant to stimulate collagen production, removes sundamage and redness and reverses the signs of aging. 
  • NANO RESURFACINGIf your neck needs a little something extra, then this one is for you. This laser gently heats and tightens the skin as it works. It also removes dead, dull skin from the surface, forcing regeneration of a new healthier skin.


The aesthetic industry has evolved so much over the last decade, there is now “combination treatment” for the neck which ensures great results with minimal recovery time. Threads and Hyaluronic acid injection can also be done together with laser therapy to enhance results. If you start at an early age with preventative treatments, your downtime won’t be as long, as your treatments will be less aggressive.



There are fantastic non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures available that are affordable.  After your initial consultation with Cherie at Atlantic Dermatology and Laser, a skincare plan will be created specifically for you and your budget and costings will be discussed. We often create a combination package and tailor it to our patient’s needs. Treatments are usually done at 2-3 week intervals. At Atlantic dermatology & laser we also offer Face, neck and Chest Packages as a combo price, because we understand the importance of treating the whole area and not just the face.

Speak to one of our specialists today and transform your neck.

Cherie Cochrane

Written By Skin & Laser Specialist Cherie Cochrane

Cherie specialises in the aesthetic side of Atlantic Dermatology and Laser. With over a decade of experience in skin, laser and aesthetic treatments, a results-driven approach and over 6 years as a business owner, she has created two successful aesthetic businesses. 

Cherie has recently moved to Cape Town and is a proven professional with a results-driven approach. Cherie has trained Doctors, Nurses, Therapists and Professionals to become leading experts within their chosen profession and won the prestigious international “Best Results” Laser competition by Sciton, competing against the top 200 clinics from around the world. 

After having your first consultation with Cherie, you will leave here educated and with a proper plan to get the best results for your skin