The neck gets no respect when it comes to cosmetic improvements. In fact, a neck lift or a similar neck-enhancement procedure is nowhere to be found in the recent figures of the most popular cosmetic surgeries by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. At our practice, we frequently remind our patients that nothing reveals a woman’s real age more quickly than a neck with loose, deeply wrinkled skin.
What causes turkey neck?
Aside from genetics, the appearance of turkey neck (it’s called that because the loose, slackened skin resembles that of a turkey wattle) is largely influenced by massive weight loss, sun exposure, and skin care habits. In some cases, the appearance of platysmal bands, the thick muscle bands that run from the chin area down to the collarbone, may further emphasize neck aging. These unsightly bands are mainly a result of weakened neck muscles.
Non-surgical options for turkey neck
Although surgery is the best possible way to restore youthfulness to the neck, non-surgical options can also reduce the appearance of loose skin and slackened neck muscles. First, there’s Botox, which relaxes the underlying neck muscles and consequently reduces the appearance of platysmal bands.
Skin tightening treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy and fractional lasers have also been shown to significantly improve skin tone and texture in the neck area by stimulating collagen regeneration. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in the body responsible for skin renewal.
Combining surgical and non-surgical techniques in improving the appearance of the neck is also possible! Explore your neck rejuvenation options today by calling 925.820.3633 to schedule an appointment.