How to Get Rid of Turkey Neck

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An extra layer of fat carried just below the jaw can give you an extra chin or a double chin. A turkey neck is defined as the loose skin hanging down like a wattle. A double chin is generally more uncomfortable than a turkey neck.

As people get older they become prone to turkey neck because skin loses its elasticity from the aging process. Sometimes people lose a lot of weight and suddenly turkey neck has made an unwelcome appearance under their chins.

The skin under the chin area is particularly prone to the wear and tear of aging. It's thinner than facial skin and has a different collagen content and fewer pilosebaceous units (structures consisting of a hair shaft, hair follicle and sebaceous gland) which means that the area is drier, too. The neck and chest are also two of the most sun-exposed parts of the body which make them especially vulnerable to UVA/UVB damage.

Chances are you inherited your turkey neck or maybe you haven’t exercised your neck enough. In most cases exercise will help but not cure the condition. Excess fat must still be lost to completely cure it.

To avoid invasive cosmetic surgery to get rid of turkey neck, there other things you can do to eliminate and smooth out your skin. The following suggestions are a few ways to get rid of turkey neck.

This easy exercise is specifically designed for toning up the chin and neck. Tilt your head to the right. Put a little forward pressure on the back of your head with your opposite hand (not so much that there’s pain), just enough to provide some resistance when you bring your head back to a normal position. Repeat to the left. Do this easy exercise at the office, waiting in line, at traffic lights, etc.

To get rid of turkey neck, ask your doctor for a prescription for Retin-A. Retin-A is prescribed for acne. However, even if you don't have acne, Retin-A will help renew and tighten a double chin. It boosts collagen production which helps tighten a turkey neck. Start out with .25 strength Retin-A. It's also possible to purchase Renova, a non-prescription equivalent to Retin-A. You should see results within a few months. As an added bonus, besides eliminating turkey neck, Retin-A can help reduce fine wrinkles.

Start exercising regularly to get rid of turkey neck. Regular anaerobic and strength training exercises help tighten skin and keep it smooth. Regular exercising boosts collagen levels and reduces toxins in the body which helps skin stay tight and helps eliminate a double chin.

Make sure to drink plenty of water to help your body stay toned and to get rid of turkey neck. Drinking plenty of water helps moisturize and keep skin smooth. Replace soda and alcohol with water. Soon the fat under your chin will start disappearing and your skin will have a nice glow.

If you want a no incision neck lift to get rid of turkey neck, think about talking with a dermatologist about Titan. Titan is a popular non-surgical treatment that boosts collagen production and tightens skin. The cost of Titan is low compared to cosmetic surgery. Costs vary from $500.00 to $1,000.00 or more depending on how large the area. You'll see results with Titan within a few weeks. Results may last six months to one year.

The problem with turkey neck is that you can't get dramatically improved results without taking dramatic action. Think of your neck as a skirt that needs hemming. You can iron the skirt (meaning treat it with various lasers which can help smooth the skin) and reinforce the fabric of the skirt (meaning apply creams like retinoids that will encourage production of collagen and elastin) but unless you hem the skirt, you won't lose the excess fabric.

Surgical hemming requires an incision behind the earlobes, suctioned fat, lifted and tightened muscles, and a small scar from behind the ears into the hairline. (Recovery time is ten to 14 days. Cost of $10,000.)

Ask your dermatologist about neck liposuction. Through small incisions behind the ears, fat can be suctioned away from the neck giving it a more youthful appearance.


MC Ortega is the former publicist for the late Walter Payton, Coca-Cola and Dunkin’ Donuts. Ortega is a senior communications and messaging executive specializing in media relations, social media, program development and crisis communications. Also, Ortega is an avid traveler and international shopper. Ortega resides with her partner, Craig, dog, Fionne and extensive shoe collection. Ortega also enjoys jewelry design/production and flamenco dancing.

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