How to Get Rid of Turkey Neck & Loose Neck Skin
A sagging, loose, and wrinkled neck might be fine for turkeys, but aging humans probably don’t like seeing a turkey neck when they look in the mirror. If you’ve lost muscle tone over the years, you might be wondering how to get rid of loose skin on the neck. There are lots of treatment options you can try, ranging from exercise and skin care to injections and surgery. These may help you get rid of a saggy neck and restore the appearance of much younger skin.
What Is Turkey Neck?
Turkey neck is the result of weakening muscles and aging skin. It is characterized by wrinkled jowls that hang down from the chin and usually extend down to the base of the front of the neck. People refer to it as “turkey neck” because it closely resembles a turkey wattle — the wrinkly, hanging flesh below a turkey’s beak.
What Causes Turkey Neck?
Turkey neck occurs as muscles weaken and skin changes over time; the resulting loss of collagen and elastin is a natural result of the aging process. Sun exposure, lifestyle, weight changes, and genetics are other common reasons for turkey neck. Those who notice signs of an aging neck might see their jowls sag, vertical neck muscles become more visible, and youthful shape disappears below the chin. Neck skin often shows signs of aging earlier than the skin on the face.
How to Get Rid of Turkey Neck Without Surgery
If you’re looking for nonsurgical options to lift, tighten, and sculpt your neckline, the key is to go to a clinician who is experienced and qualified in these cosmetic procedures. Below, we’ve listed some proven options to fix a turkey neck.
Ultratherapy is a noninvasive procedure that sends heat deep into the skin tissue to stimulate collagen production. Some doctors have started combining ultrasound and radiofrequency to optimize neck skin tightening results.
If you want to achieve more dramatic results, laser skin tightening is a minimally invasive infrared laser treatment that uses radiofrequency to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, heating up collagen and contributing to a firmer finished look. This procedure yields some of the best tightening and lifting results for turkey neck, but keep in mind that recovery time is a little longer compared to other noninvasive treatments.
Laser resurfacing is a process that uses an ablative laser to correct skin imperfections and remove the top surface of the skin, leaving behind a fresher, tighter layer. This procedure works quickly and is minimally invasive, although it can be irritating.
Injectables and neuromodulators, such as Botox, can temporarily diminish vertical neck bands, also known as platysmal bands. The results of this in-office treatment usually last between three and four months.
Cryotherapy, or freezing of the neck fat tissue, can eliminate turkey neck and help sculpt the area. This process can also tighten neck muscles that have weakened over time.
Fat tissue can contribute to a turkey neck problem. A weight loss regimen consisting of a healthy diet and exercise can go a long way to firm up the skin around your neck. Talk with your physician about making a plan to achieve a healthy weight.
Neck-Specific Skin Care Products
Fortunately, we live in a time when neck-specific skin care products formulated for platysmal bands and turkey necks are readily available. DefenAge has created a proprietary 6-Week Perfection Neck Cream that can visibly lift and tighten turkey neck in less than two months.
How to Get Rid of Turkey Neck With Surgery
Healthy living, skin care products, and sun protection only go so far. If you have significant skin laxity, fat, visible bands, or skin aging around your chin and neck causing you to feel self-conscious, an in-office or surgical procedure from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon might be your best option.
Surgical procedures, including facelifts and neck lifts, offer the most dramatic results by lifting and tightening weak neck muscles, removing excess skin, and redraping the skin for a more sculpted neckline. Surgery tends to be the most invasive treatment option, however, which means it also requires the longest downtime and has the most potential for complications. Refer to the information below for more details.
- Neck lift: Surgical removal of hanging fat and skin tissue under the chin
- Neck band surgery: Surgical tightening of the neck muscles to reduce the appearance of neck bands
- Liposuction: Surgical removal of excess fat tissue under the chin, often paired with a neck lift
- Chin augmentation: The implantation of a prosthetic chin to augment the appearance and definition of the chin and reduce turkey neck
- Lower face lift: Surgical tightening of the lower portion of the face with an emphasis on the jawline and neck
Exercises to Get Rid of Turkey Neck
Some say that exercising the neck muscles can help diminish the appearance of turkey neck, but there isn’t a lot of scientific evidence supporting neck exercises for cosmetic purposes. It never hurts to try, though, as different solutions work for different people. Here are some facial exercises you can try to tighten loose neck skin:
- Forehead push: Strengthen the neck muscles by putting your head in your hands and pushing into them.
- Chew: Point your chin to the ceiling and practice opening and closing your jaw to tighten the muscles around your chin.
- Kiss: Tilt your head up and pucker your lips toward the ceiling. Repeat at least 20 times.
- Neck lift: Lay down on the floor and slowly raise your head, turning it from side to side and repeat until you get tired.
Learn How to Prevent and Treat Other Signs of Aging
If you’ve developed a turkey neck, odds are you probably have several other aging concerns. Visit the DefenAge anti-aging blog to learn about our proven products, skin care tips, and other scientific advances in the beauty industry that can help you get your natural, youthful glow back.
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