As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity, and the muscles in our neck may weaken, leading to a sagging or drooping appearance that is commonly referred to as “turkey neck”. This can affect how you look and even impact your sense of self-confidence. Plastic surgeons often have a number of options available to address a turkey neck and give you the streamlined and smooth neck and lower face contour that you desire.
Causes of Turkey Neck
Aging is the primary factor behind this condition. As we age, the production of collagen and elastin in the skin decreases, leading to a loss of skin elasticity. Additionally, the muscles in our neck may weaken and the fat in the neck area may redistribute, causing sagging skin. Other factors that may contribute to turkey neck include genetics, weight loss, and sun damage.
Turkey Neck Treatment Options
When it comes to treating turkey neck, there are several options available. Depending on the severity of the condition, different approaches may be recommended. Let’s take a closer look at some of these treatment options:
Neck Lift Surgery
A neck lift is one of the most effective ways to get rid of turkey neck. This procedure involves making incisions behind the ears and under the chin, lifting and tightening the muscles, and removing excess skin. This procedure is usually done under general anesthesia, and the recovery time may take up to two weeks.
Botox injections may also help with turkey neck. Botox is a muscle relaxant that may reduce the appearance of neck wrinkles by relaxing the muscles responsible for the wrinkles. The injections may take up to 20 minutes and may take up to two weeks to see the full results.
Injectable fillers plump up the skin and fill in any hollow areas, reducing the appearance of turkey neck. Fillers like Radiesse and Sculptra may be injected into the neck area, stimulating collagen production and restoring the skin’s elasticity.
Laser Skin Tightening
This is a non-invasive procedure that uses lasers to heat the skin, stimulating collagen production and tightening the skin. This treatment may be done in as little as 30 minutes and may be done over a series of sessions.
There are several neck exercises to improve muscle tone and reduce the appearance of turkey neck. These exercises may be done at home and are a useful addition to any of the above treatments. Examples include chin tucks, head lifts, and neck rotations.
While there are several treatment options available for turkey neck, it’s always best to prevent the condition from occurring in the first place. Here are some tips to prevent turkey neck:
- Protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen and a hat.
- Avoid smoking, as it may cause premature aging and skin damage.
- Maintain a healthy weight to avoid fluctuations that may cause sagging skin.
- Exercise regularly to maintain muscle tone and elasticity.
- Moisturize your skin daily to keep it hydrated and prevent dryness.
In addition to these tips, it’s also essential to maintain a healthy diet that is rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients. These nutrients may help improve skin health and reduce the signs of aging.
A turkey neck is a difficult issue to deal with that may also make you self-conscious. Taking preventative measures such as avoiding sun exposure, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly will go a long way to prevent turkey neck from occurring in the first place. However, if you are past that point, there are numerous options available to alleviate your symptoms. Depending on the severity of the condition, a combination of treatments may be necessary. Before considering any treatment, it’s essential to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine the best course of action for your individual needs and goals.