Turkey neck is quite common. Other than wrinkled hands, it is the other sure sign of advancing age. Turkey neck is frustrating for most of us and the neck is not one of the easiest places to fix. But we have good news. Your turkey neck may be caused by the natural ageing process or following weight loss, but either way you don’t like it and that turkey neck has got to go! In this article we’re going to show you the exercises, home remedies, creams, surgery and non-surgical procedures that will get rid of that hated turkey neck for good.
Turkey Neck – Name
The name turkey neck literally means a neck like that of a turkey. It is sagging neck skin. Yeah, like that of a turkey. Sounds bad, right? This waddle gobble appearance is due to weak neck muscles and flaccid skin.
What Causes Turkey Neck?
The skin around the neck is a little more fragile. With age, the area below the chin and around the neck develops wrinkles. Probably faster than most people think. We always make sure that the hair and face and well-taken care of. Beauty regimes for the neck are not as common as those meant for the face.
So, what exactly causes a turkey neck? With age, the neck muscles weaken. The skin loses its elasticity and becomes loose. Once the skin begins to sag, the neck area gets a general turkey neck appearance.
A sagging neck can also be genetic. If you have family members who’ve had the same issue, there is a chance that you will also develop it. I can’t really tell how this happens. In this case, it is advisable to take preventive measures to minimize the chances of developing a turkey neck.
Natural aging process. For most people, the turkey neck appearance begins to set in in the early or mid- forties. At this age, the skin’s elastic ability is lost.
There are cases however of people who develop a turkey neck way before this age. This usually happens after weight loss. Rapid and extreme weight loss does not give the skin ample time to shrink back. This results in a lot of loose skin around areas such as the neck, hands and the stomach.
Another cause of turkey neck is exposure to UV rays. Prolonged exposure to Ultra Violet Light from the sun or the tanning bed damages skin. This destroys the natural elastic ability of the skin.
- Excessive consumption of alcohol
- Use of wrong skin care products
- Poor diet
- After pregnancy- esp. via caesarean section
How to get rid of Turkey Neck, Fast
Before you get to ways on how to get rid of a turkey neck, it is important to understand what you are dealing with. Check whether what you have is really sagging skin or excess fat. These two have different treatment approaches.
There are many ways that are used to get rid of turkey neck. How effective each option largely depends on how soon the problem is taken care of. Improving wrinkled and sagging neck can improve one’s appearance years younger. Here is more on how to get rid of turkey neck:
Botox to get rid of turkey neck and jowls
The most common method used to treat sagging neck skin is the use of Botox injections.
This is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that helps lift and tighten the skin around the neck. Most people opt to for Botox in order to avoid more invasive surgical procedures. Usually used to get rid of wrinkles and face lines, botox can be used to make the neck skin appear younger. The injections are used to fill loose skin to make is appear tauter.
There is also the use of botox by injecting it to the platysmal bands. The platysma is a thin sheet of muscle that spreads from the chest to the neck. With age, the muscle weakens and separates into rope-like bands which creates sagging skin or a double chin in cases of obesity and weight gain. Botox is used to relax this muscle creating a smoother neck.
The cost of getting botox ranges $75-$1000.
Get Rid of Turkey Neck Skin with Surgery
Cosmetic surgery can help to achieve a smooth neckline at any age. There are several surgical neck- firming options. They are generally known as Neck Contouring. These include:
There are two types of neck lift surgeries that can be done to get rid of turkey neck.
- Cervicoplasty- the removal of excess skin.
- Platysmaplasty- tightening loose muscles in the neck.
Depending on severity, your cosmetic surgeon may decide to do one or both of the procedures. Firmer neck muscles and tauter skin restores your neck by giving a smooth firm and well-defined appearance. Added benefits of a neck lift surgery include:
- Smoothing out of neck creases and wrinkles
- Improvement in the appearance of vertical neck bands
For even better results a neck lift surgery can be done in combination with a facelift.
Liposuction of the Neck
While this is not a favorite for sagging skin issues, it helps add elasticity to the skin. It is basically the removal of excess fat from the neck area. This works best for people who have a double chin.
- Two small incisions are made behind the ear or below the chin.
- Then a liposuction cannula is inserted and used to remove excess fat
- The surgeon will then sculpt the neck to give a natural contour
- A supportive chin strap is used for about 4 days. You should expect complete healing in about two weeks
Neck Contouring surgeries are often done in combination with facial procedures such as chin augmentation, Facelift, and Rhinoplasty. This gives you a balanced, “natural”, appearance.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of neck lift surgery is $4528. This may vary depending on the type of surgery done, the surgeon’s experience and your location.
Choose a certified and well experienced cosmetic surgeon trained in the specific procedure that your desire. Consult and learn more on available options making a decision. Surgery can create a long lasting change in your appearance.
Ultherapy for the Neck
A non-invasive procedure that makes use of ultrasound to lift and tighten sagging skin on the neck. It works by targeting the deep skin tissues where there is collagen. It sends focused ultrasound energy to the skin. According to on Dr. Oz, ultherapy disturbs the skin with vibrations and low level of heat.
The body then reacts by stimulating the growth of new collagen. This then results in tightening and a lift on the skin of the neck.
It takes 60-90 minutes per session in a span of 2-3 months to see the results. This therapy can be used in other areas of the face such as the eyebrows and jawline. It can also be used to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face.
The thermi-tight procedure uses a small probe to deliver radiofrequency energy just below the surface of the skin. It is used to tighten sagging skin on the neck and other places.
I must say, that reviews for this procedure are not the best. Maybe because most people look forward to miraculous results.
Get rid of Turkey Neck without Surgery- Naturally
Before that surgery or expensive skin renewal method, have you thought of how to get rid of turkey neck naturally? Natural remedies are simple, inexpensive and can be easily incorporated into your daily routine. Sad thing, however, is that most people want miraculous results. And may end up finding these home treatment slow and ineffective. Here is more:
Drinking water is one of the most natural ways to maintain healthy skin. Sufficient hydration helps your skin to remain tighter, smoother and clearer. Drink 5-6 glasses of water a day.
Tip: Drink water in small bits to make the most of it. Running down 6 glasses of water will only earn you several peeing trips.
Maintain healthy body weight and fat percentage
Monitor your weight loss. Even as you lose weight, try to maintain healthy body weight to allow your skin to shrink to your new size. Rapid weight loss causes the skin to lose its elasticity.
Massage your skin
A massage is good for your skin. It helps to improve blood circulation which is helpful for the skin. Well, you do not have to go to a masseuse for this. Make it part of your beauty routine. Use your favorite oil to gently massage your neck for a few minutes twice daily.
Try using sea salt scrubs. It is believed that sea salt scrubs promote circulation of blood to your skin. This in the long helps to tighten skin. Alternatively, you can soak in a bath with sea salts.
Scrubbing removes dead skin cells, dirt, and grime. While this is not a solution for sagging neck skin, it will improve the appearance of your skin. Visualizing and feeling good about your skin should be the first step when trying to deal with signs of aging such as loose skin.
Moisturize your Skin
When you moisturize other parts of your body, do not the neck. Use a moisturizer with vitamin E or Vitamin C. It not only moisturizes, it also stimulates the growth of new skin cells.
Limit Exposure to the Sun
Too much exposure to the sun is harmful to your skin. The ultraviolet rays damage your skin. This negatively affects the stretching ability of your skin hence sagging skin.
Giving your body proper nutrition with a well-balanced diet may work to rejuvenate and protect your skin. Eat foods that promote healthy skin.
- Eat foods that are rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene. Your diet should be rich in vegetables and fruits such as carrots and berries.
- Foods rich in essential fatty acids such as olive oil help the skin cells stay firm and healthy.
- Fruits such as oranges are rich in antioxidants that protect and promote healthy skin.
- Avoid eating unhealthy foods. High fat and sugar foods slow down cell turnover.
Exercises to get rid of Turkey Neck
The neck is one of those places that is rarely used or exercised. To effectively get rid of the dreaded turkey neck, experts recommend that a combination of different exercises.
Resistant training and building up muscle creates a good effect on the skin. Perform the exercises that firm fill up the neck making use of the loose skin. Here is a video on exercises that can be done to get rid of a turkey neck.
Firm your Neck with Cream
Neck firming creams contain the same anti-aging ingredients that are found in anti-aging face creams. They are rich in vitamin C or E and help to boost the formation of collagen. They also smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. This helps to tighten your neck muscles and restore your neck’s firmness.
Look out for products with good antioxidants and retinoids known for their skin regulating properties.
The best neck creams for sagging skin contains Retinoids- powerful firming and anti-wrinkle treatments.
Home Remedies for Turkey Neck
- Drink green tea
- Apply olive oil
- Apply cucumber paste and masks to rejuvenate your neck
- Combine cinnamon, turmeric, olive oil and sugar to make a face and neck scrub
- Mix crushed strawberries, honey and yogurt and apply the paste on your face
- Combine honey to any other natural ingredient such as lemon and yogurt for different recipes.
Turkey neck is frustrating to treat. A combination of treatments works best.