The skin on your neck, like the skin on your face, is very susceptible to the signs of aging. Two of the most common signs are crepey skin and turkey neck. In this article, we are going to show you how to get rid of turkey neck.
Crepey skin affects the surface of your neck and can make the skin look crinkly and rough like your elbows. Turkey neck, on the other hand, affects the underlying musculature and elasticity of the skin on your neck and results in the loose, dangling, often wrinkly, folds that look very much like a turkey’s wattle.
While both conditions become more common as we age, there are steps you can take to prevent their appearance. This article will focus on the causes of turkey neck and what you can do to get rid of it.
What Causes Turkey Neck?
According to David Rodwell, MD of Charleston Facial Plastic Surgery, there are four factors that influence turkey neck:
1. Skin Elasticity
As we age, our bodies become less and less able to repair and rejuvenate. This applies to our skin as well. Collagen production begins to slow and the existing collagen is more susceptible to breakdown. This causes our skin to lose the youthful elasticity it once had.
2. Muscle Tightness
The muscles that support your neck, and the skin over top of it, can weaken with lack of use or just the passage of time. As these muscles weaken, they are less and less able to support the skin to which they are attached. This results in saggy skin.
3. Fat Distribution
Some people are just naturally more disposed to carry extra fat under their chin and along their neck. This excess fat can cause the skin to stretch and result in the folds that resemble the turkey’s wattle.
4. Bone Position
The position of various bones in the neck, such as the hyoid (the strip of white just below the jaw in the picture above), can have an effect on the skin underneath the chin. These bones can make you more susceptible to the loose skin that comes with age and muscle looseness.
How To Get Rid Of Turkey Neck
Even with all those factors stacked against you, there are ways to prevent and treat the loose skin that results in turkey neck. Exercise works to strengthen the underlying muscles of the neck while cleansers and serums hydrate and rejuvenate the surface skin. Surgery is a more invasive option that tones and smooths both the surface skin and the muscles underneath.
There’s an exercise for everything these days and your neck is no exception. Here are three simple exercises you can perform to give a firmer appearance to the skin on your neck.
According to Livestrong.com and the Face Lift Advice website, you can work the muscles in your neck just by chewing more. Simply sit up straight, close your lips, and tilt your chin towards the ceiling. Then slowly move your teeth together and apart as if you were chewing a piece of gum. Keeping your lips together, complete 20 chews to strengthen the muscles of the neck.
B. Raise & Turn
Lie comfortably on your back. Gently raise your head and neck away from the floor. When your head is slightly away from the floor, turn it to the right, back to center, to the left, back to center, and then lower to the floor. That’s one repetition. Work up to ten or more repetitions. Be sure to keep the movements small and controlled and don’t jerk the neck in any direction.
Place your hands on your collar bones and apply gentle pressure throughout this exercise to add an extra stretch. Tilt your head back slightly to stretch your neck. Keeping your head in this position, reach your bottom lip up towards the ceiling and lightly over your top lip. Hold here for a count of five and return your lip to its natural position. That’s one repetition. Work up to 10 repetitions.
Exercises like the ones listed above are great for strengthening and toning the underlying musculature of the neck. But while they can help to improve circulation and give your skin a firmer appearance, they do little to change the outward appearance. That’s where the next solution comes in.
2. Skin Cleansers And Serums
The factors that affect the skin on your neck often play a big part in causing wrinkles on your chest. As such, the same technology that is used to treat wrinkles on the chest can be used to treat the wrinkly, loose skin on your neck.
The cleansing discs helps to exfoliate and clear the pores and maintain the skin’s youthful appearance. The décolleté serum continues the healing and prevention by smoothing existing wrinkles and further tightening and hydrating the skin of the neck.
Used in conjunction with exercise, cleansers, and décolleté serums can have a drastic effect on the appearance of the skin of your neck. In addition, they are less expensive and less invasive than the next method for getting rid of turkey neck.
No discussion about the skin would be complete without mention of surgical solutions. The surgical solution specific to turkey neck is a combination of cervicoplasty (remove excess skin) and platysmaplasty (tighten loose neck muscles).
According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, a small incision is made behind each ear, and possibly underneath the chin. Through these incisions, the surgeon will remove excess skin and tighten the neck muscles to give the neck a more youthful appearance.
While surgery can be an effective way to get rid of turkey neck, it is an invasive procedure and can require up to two weeks recovery time. In addition, bruising and swelling are normal side effects of the surgery and should subside gradually over the course of a few months.
The Best Solution For You
While surgery may be a quick solution to the problem, it’s often best to try other, less invasive options before electing to go under the knife or needle. For one, surgery is expensive. For another, it can require considerable recovery time that may not be available to those with busy lives.
A less expensive, yet quite effective, option would be one of the other solutions suggested in this article. We suggest a combination of the two: a course of neck exercises coupled with the SiO Décolleté Cleansing Discs and the SiO Décolleté Serum. These combined solutions can help reduce existing wrinkles, prevent new wrinkles from forming, and help stave off the natural processes that lead to turkey neck.