Signs of ageing such as wrinkles and fine lines on your face, neck and hands are common. It’s a natural sign of ageing but it can make many people feel unhappy with their appearance.
Turkey Neck is a common sign of ageing but what is it? How, how can you prevent it or make it look better and what’s the best treatment to have if you don’t want to have plastic surgery? We will explain all in this guide.
What is a Turkey Neck?
As your skin ages, collagen and elastin production slows down naturally, and this leads to your skin losing its firm, plump, youthful appearance. Collagen and elastin create structure within the skin. As they reduce, skin starts to sag, leading to deep wrinkles, an undefined jawline, and the dreaded ‘Turkey Neck’.
As time passes, the skin in your neck loses its natural support and elasticity. This can eventually lead to a wrinkly neck which can make you look older than you are or give away your true age – something you might not want people to know!
Although this happens naturally, for many it also happens prematurely thanks to damage from pollution, smoking and sun exposure. While we may not be able to stop time from passing, there are lots of things we can do about the effects ageing has on our skin.
What causes Turkey Neck?
There are a few key factors that can cause a turkey neck:
- Elasticity – as we age, our skin gradually loses the ability to repair and rejuvenate. Collagen provides structure and support for the skin but production slows down as we age which can cause your face, neck and jawline skin to lose its elasticity.
- Muscle weakness – your neck muscles can weaken over time and they become less able to support the skin they’re attached to. Your skin won’t be pulled into place as easily as before which can make the skin on your neck sag.
- Fat distribution – excess fat under your chin can stretch your skin and cause folds in your skin which eventually lead to a Turkey Neck. Sticking to a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent this.
- Bone position – the position of the hyoid in your neck (the u-shaped bone that helps to hold up your tongue) can influence the elasticity of your skin.
How to get rid of Turkey Neck skin
There are a number of different ways you can treat and prevent Turkey Neck. Here are some of the most common:
Good skin care habits
The easiest way to stop your skin from sagging is to protect the structural fibres before ageing starts. Antioxidant skincare, sun protection and products containing hyaluronic acid all help your skin to maintain its own collagen and elastin levels and keep it looking plump and fresh.
Sun protection is particularly important because the sun is responsible for the vast majority of premature ageing thanks to the oxidising effects of its rays. Remember that every time you tan, your skin is becoming sun damaged. Use a moisturiser or BB cream with an SPF, every day.
Another great way to stimulate collagen and elastin production is through facial exercises, also known as ‘face yoga’. These exercises work by increasing blood flow to the lower layers of the skin, which helps to flush away toxins and increase the number of nutrients delivered to the skin. This, in turn, increases the production of the fibres that create structure within the skin.
What you put into your body has a really big impact on how your skin ages. Getting regular exercise, drinking plenty of water and eating a diet full of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, will help your skin to maintain a youthful appearance for longer. Not smoking, cutting back on alcohol (the odd glass of antioxidant-rich red wine won’t hurt!) and getting plenty of sleep will all help too.
The best turkey neck treatment: Collagen Lift
Of course, life can often get in the way and maintaining this lifestyle before Turkey Neck even begins to form from our late 20’s (when the production of collagen and elastic fibres begins to slow down) is difficult.
You can have surgery to fix the problem but this is simply not an option for most people, there are a number of treatments for Turkey Neck but many are invasive and expensive. There is another solution, one with immediate and long-lasting results, no matter how much your skin has aged: Collagen Lift.
Collagen Lift is a non-invasive solution to sagging skin that works by delivering radio frequency waves into the skin. These waves stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin to reduce the appearance of those common signs of ageing and plump and firm your skin in the treated area. This treatment will tighten the skin around your neck, leaving you looking and feeling younger.
The benefits of Collagen Lift treatment include:
- Painless and relaxing
- Instant and effective
- Reduces cellulite and fat
- Suitable for all skin types
If you think that Collagen Lift treatment could be for you, book your appointment with your local therapist today.