# Does anyone know how thick the skin (epidermis and dermis ) is on the back of the neck at the base?

Mar 7, 2018

The thickness is about 1.6 mm.

#### Explanation:

The skin has two principal layers: the epidermis and the dermis. The dermis contains two layers: the papillary layer and the reticular layer.

The thickness of the skin differs at various body sites.

The thinnest skin is on the eyelids. It is about 0.5 mm thick.

The thickest skin is on the heels of the feet, where it can be up to 5 mm thick.

Here is a chart showing the thickness (in millimetres) of skin on the neck (an average of 121 persons).

$\boldsymbol{\text{Area"color(white)(mmmm)"Epidermis"color(white)(m)"Papillary"color(white)(m)"Reticular"color(white)(m)"Total}}$
$\underline{\boldsymbol{\textcolor{w h i t e}{m m m m m m m m m m m m m l l} \text{layer"color(white)(mmml)"layer} \textcolor{w h i t e}{m m m m m}}}$
$\text{Upper neck} \textcolor{w h i t e}{m m m l l} 0.11 \textcolor{w h i t e}{m m m m} 0.12 \textcolor{w h i t e}{m m m m l} 1.44 \textcolor{w h i t e}{m m m} 1.67$
$\text{Midneck} \textcolor{w h i t e}{m m m m m} 0.08 \textcolor{w h i t e}{m m m m} 0.07 \textcolor{w h i t e}{m m m m l} 1.41 \textcolor{w h i t e}{m m m} 1.55$
$\text{Lower neck/}$
$\text{Décolletage} \textcolor{w h i t e}{m m m l} 0.07 \textcolor{w h i t e}{m m m m} 0.06 \textcolor{w h i t e}{m m m m l} 1.20 \textcolor{w h i t e}{m m m} 1.33$