Neck & Chest Wrinkles

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A woman having a spa treatment on her chest and neck. (Image: robertprzybysz/iStock/Getty Images)

As you age, you may begin to notice an increase in loose, crepe-like skin, as well as wrinkles in your neck and chest areas. While this is caused to some extent by natural loss of collagen and elasticity, it is largely because of environmental factors. According to AgingSkinNet, between 90 and 95 percent of all wrinkles, lines and discolorations on the body are caused by sun exposure. There are various approaches you can take to prevent and reverse chest and neck wrinkles.

Types

There are various types of neck and chest wrinkles that may happen as you age, or even prematurely. According to Skintour.com, you may see horizontal lines across your neck, called "necklace lines," which can start in your 20s, or even in childhood. You may also notice saggy or loose neck skin, which occurs more often with age, or wrinkles on your chest.

Theories/Speculation

Although sun exposure and natural loss of collagen with age are thought to be the main causes of neck and chest wrinkles, your sleeping position may also play a role. According to Skintour.com, chest wrinkles, in particular, may be from sleeping on your side. While these impression lines from sleep tend to fade easily when you are young, thanks to your skin's resiliency, your skin may have more difficulty "snapping back" as you age.

Prevention/Solution

Procedures such as laser treatments, chemical peels or botulinum toxin (Botox) injections can address neck and chest wrinkles, according to AgingSkinNet. A study published in "Dermatological Surgery" reports that injection of Poly-L-Lactic acid, or PLLA, into neck and chest wrinkles may improve their appearance. The study was led by R. Mazzuco of the Brazilian Center for Studies in Dermatology. In addition, you can adjust your sleep position to prevent chest wrinkles.

Warning

Regardless of your wrinkle status or age, you should protect your skin from the sun. This pertains to all exposed skin, including your neck, chest and facial skin. Skintour.com recommends that you use a sunscreen with UVA blocker, preferably one that contains five to 10 percent zinc or titanium. Exposure to ultraviolet rays not only causes premature signs of aging, but may increase your risk of skin cancer.

Considerations

There are various options for resolving neck and chest wrinkles, but it's almost always wiser to prevent them if possible. By taking care of your skin, you may be able to defer these signs of aging for some time. If you find that you have developed neck and chest wrinkles that are intolerable, talk to a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon. You should also schedule regular skin screenings with a dermatologist to rule out other skin conditions.

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