The neck is one of the sexiest places on a person's body-- the curve, the collarbone, and its segue into the face and chest. Unfortunately, it's also one of the first areas to show age. As people grow older, that once taut skin that wound beneath their chin and collarbone becomes loose, flabby, and may even double up. Turkey neck, as it's often called, refers to this unsightly sign of aging. There is a large cosmetic market out there for the treatment of turkey neck, but not all treatments are created equal. Read on to find out what really works.
Genetics play a huge role in the development of turkey neck. The general tendencies of your skin, as inherited from your parents, have a lot to do with how and when a turkey neck forms. As we age, our skin loses its natural collagen and elasticity. Instead of sticking close to our bodies, it starts to sag downward and become pliable, like your mom's mushy meatloaf. The epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, also becomes thinner over time. That's why turkey necks often have that dry, translucent look about them.
Your lifestyle plays an equally important role on the way your neck skin sags. If you've spent a lot of time in the sun, your skin will undergo the aging process very quickly. Not only will unsightly age spots appear, but your skin will lose all of its youthful tendencies-- firmness, elasticity, and the ability to heal quickly. Similarly, smoking can speed up the aging process of your neck and.
The single best way to combat turkey neck is to take preventative measures. Treat your neck with the same care that you treat your face. Smooth moisturizer down from your chin to your neck and decolletage area and don't skimp on sunscreen.
But for many of the people looking for turkey neck treatment, the signs of aging have already caught up with them. Neck creams are plentiful at a variety of price points, from drugstore to department store. All of these creams have the same anti-aging ingredients that are used on the face, with the possible addition of anti-sagging agents like caffeine. The problem with neck creams is that they simply aren't strong enough to truly make a difference in an area that can be as dramatically problematic as a turkey neck. Think about it-- turkey necks usually have inches of loose skin from the chin all the way down to the collarbone. The creams may help the existing skin look smoother and more moisturized, but it's simply impossible to expect an external cream to melt away handfuls of extra skin and tissue.
You may also have heard of neck exercises designed to decrease the appearance of a turkey neck. While it's true that a small part of neck sagging is due to muscle weakness, the main issue in a turkey neck is the abundance of skin. By working out neck muscles, you simply tighten and tone them. The extra skin will still be there. The truly effective solution for a turkey neck is to remove all of that loose, flabby skin.
A neck lift will remove drooping jowls, a double chin, and other signs of a turkey neck. The main part of a neck lift is to remove the extra skin. Incisions are made behind the ears, where scarring won't be noticeable. After the loose skin is removed, it's pulled taut and sewn up. A neck lift can also include surgical tightening of the neck muscles if necessary. If you have excess fat located just below your chin, liposuction can also be part of a neck lift. After the lift, the surgeon will wrap your neck up like a mummy, in anticipation of a glorious reveal in just a few weeks.
A turkey neck can make you look older than your age. If your turkey neck is an inaccurate reflection of your youthful personality, a neck lift can restore your look. If you'd like to learn more about neck lifts or to schedule an appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area, contact us today!