Most of us have experienced it: you go to take a picture with your phone but your camera is turned to face you—and then you see it. The dreaded “turkey neck.” Unfortunately, your neck isn’t immune to age, to gravity, or to genetics. But you might treat it like it is. You might pay it little to no attention, using Retinol creams on your face, and maybe even your hands, but completely skipping the neck area altogether.
Turkey neck is caused by loose skin, flaccid muscles, and fat, and it can be an unfortunate, and unsightly, sign of aging. Other causes of turkey neck include excessive weight fluctuations and genetics. It often starts to appear when women reach their 30s or 40s.
It’s time to give your neck the attention it deserves. Here are five treatment options for turkey neck.
1. At-home skincare treatment to reverse course
Though your neck might already be showing signs of aging, such as sagging and wrinkling, it isn’t too late to try to reverse course. Change up your skincare routine and start paying attention to that neglected neck area. Keep your skin hydrated to create a more youthful appearance. Products with hyaluronic acid can help keep it moisturized. Remove surface dullness with a glycolic acid system. And use your retinols and peptides on the area. Vitamin C products can also help keep the skin firm and link collagen in order to boost elasticity.
2. IPL to control damage
The neck isn’t immune to sun damage, either. If you haven’t been lathering on sunscreen to the area all of these years, you may have some brown spots. You can use products with hydroquinone and kojic acid to lighten the spots. Just be sure not to go overboard as the area is quite sensitive.
You should also consider IPL, which is a procedure that uses pulsed light to even skin tone and treat age spots, brown spots, birth marks, broken capillaries, and rosacea. And don’t forget to start putting on that sunblock.
3. Erbium lasers to get you back to your youth
Many different types of fractional laser treatments, but particularly the laser skin resurfacing treatment, can help you resurface your neck in order to tighten and firm the area and minimize the look of crepey skin. Laser treatments can also increase collagen production and reduce winkles. And best of all, the recovery time and pain are both minimal.
4. Botox to banish bands
If your neck is firm but has vertical bands forming from the muscles, you may be a great candidate for Botox. This cosmetic procedure can help relax the muscles and banish these unsightly lines. Of course, when considering Botox, always go to a plastic surgeon who is part of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) for the procedure.
5. Liposuction and lift to eliminate turkey neck
If you want to get your turkey neck dealt with once and for all, SmartLipo or a Monarch Mini Lift may be just what the doctor ordered.These are in office procedures done under local anesthesia with minimal downtime.
These five cosmetic treatments can help you improve the look of the dreaded turkey neck.