Aging is something that happens to everyone, and nowhere is it more apparent than on your skin. Your skin is largely made up of water, fats, minerals, and proteins like collagen and elastin. As you get older, you lose more of these important chemicals as well as the elasticity and firmness you had in younger years. This leads to wrinkles, creases, fine lines, and sagging skin.
It also leads to sagging (a form of skin laxity) under your chin and on your neck which has the unfortunate name turkey neck. But the good news is, there are ways to prevent and treat the appearance of turkey neck.
If you live in the Denver, Colorado, Chicago, Illinois, San Diego, California, or Tampa, Florida, area, and you’re struggling with turkey neck or other problems with sagging skin, the team at Ice Cave Body Sculpting can help.
Let’s examine the causes of sagging skin, the reasons turkey neck develops, and how it can be treated.
Your dermis is the thickest layer of skin and holds most of the important materials to keep it firm and elastic, as well as supplying blood, making skin oil, and allowing you to sweat.
Losing the collagen and elastin from your dermis is something to be expected from aging, but it can also result from weight loss, pregnancy, illness (specifically cutaneous T-cell lymphoma), and the connective tissue disorder known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS).
In addition to the sagging skin associated with turkey neck, you can experience it in areas such as your eyelids, jowls, upper arms, and stomach.
Aging is still the most common reason for turkey neck to occur, as with the loss of important proteins in your skin, gravity will eventually pull it down. It affects the underlying skin, muscle, and fat in your neck.
A variety of other things like weak neck muscles, genetics, smoking, sun damage, and even family history can play a part in turkey neck as well as losing or gaining weight.
Whatever the reason, turkey neck causes issues with your cervicomental angle (formed where your bottom jaw meets your neck), making it appear droopy and undefined.
There are exercises that can help strengthen the underlying muscles in your neck area, but eliminating turkey neck is generally done through either cosmetic or surgical means.
This includes the use of microneedling, ultherapy, anti-aging creams, rhytidectomy (face-lifts), anterior cervicoplasty (Z-plasty), and platysmaplasty (neck lifts), hyo neck lifts, MST operations, skin-tightening lasers, and even Botox® injections.
We use Sciton SkinTyte®, a form of broadband light (BBL) therapy to improve skin laxity and reduce the appearance of turkey neck and other forms of sagging. This is a noninvasive method that can get results and boost your body’s production of the proteins it needs to improve firmness.
Turkey neck can affect anyone as they get older, but you don’t have to live with it. Make an appointment with the team at Ice Cave Body Sculpting today to see what our methods can do for you. Call our location closest to you or book a visit online.