skin changes in your 50s

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AGE: 50-something
Change #1: To paraphrase from Nora Ephron: You may feel bad about your neck, post-menopause. "This is the age when women start to ask what they can do about that area," says Ploch, either how they can reduce excess fat under the chin or tighten saggy skin.

What to do about it: Most firming neck creams are better at preventing neck droop than fixing it, says Ploch. In-office treatments, such as ultrasound, which can tighten skin by several millimeters, and Kybella, an injectable that dissolves fat under the chin and helps with skin tightening, are more effective options.

Change #2: Your wrinkles have turned to folds, especially if, up to this point, your idea of wrinkle management has mostly consisted of hoping and wishing they'd go away. Dry postmenopausal skin plays a role in this, too, because dehydrated, crepey skin is more susceptible to wrinkling.

What to do about it: If you've got deep wrinkles or folds, topical products probably won't help, says Ploch. Your better bets are in-office options, including ablative laser procedures and micro-needling, which stimulates natural collagen production to help smooth out wrinkles.

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