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Loose, sagging skin on the neck, also known as neck laxity, is a common cosmetic concern that arises with age. Here’s a breakdown:


  • Loss of collagen and elastin: These proteins provide structure and elasticity to the skin. As we age, our bodies produce less of them, leading to thinner, less elastic skin that’s more prone to sagging.
  • Sun damage: UV exposure breaks down collagen and elastin, accelerating the development of wrinkles and loose skin.
  • Gravity: Over time, gravity pulls down on the skin, contributing to sagging, especially in areas like the neck.
  • Sudden weight loss: Rapid weight loss can leave behind excess skin that doesn’t have the elasticity to snap back.


While loose neck skin is not a medical condition, there are cosmetic treatments available to address it. These include:

  • Topical creams: Retinol creams may modestly improve skin texture and firmness.
  • Minimally invasive procedures: Radiofrequency treatments or microneedling can stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin.
  • Surgical procedures: A neck lift surgically removes excess skin and tightens underlying tissues for a more youthful appearance.


Please consult a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns and explore treatment options.

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