As we age, the skin on our necks loses its snug elasticity and can begin to sag, developing a wrinkled, ropey look. This uneven extra skin is known as turkey neck. It’s one of the more visible signs of aging.
Humorist Nora Ephron, in her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck, framed the problem with unique humor: “Our faces are lies, and our necks are the truth. You have to cut open a redwood tree to see how old it is, but you wouldn’t have to if it had a neck.”
Luckily, a turkey neck isn’t inevitable as the years go by. Surgery is one option, to pull the excess skin back into a closer fit on the neck and under the chin. This neck lift surgery is the best option when the skin is very loose. But in less severe cases, as the skin begins to sag and wrinkle, dermal fillers can restore a more youthful look and greatly improve your appearance.
Dermal Filler Options
Various dermal fillers are available to address skin and facial issues. Dermal fillers have specific formulations that suit them for use in different parts of the body. Restylane®, for example, is an excellent choice for tear troughs under the eyes, and Juvéderm® works well for plumping the lips.
For loose, wrinkled skin on the neck, a filler that also stimulates collagen production is optimal. The collagen tightens the skin gradually and reduces the creases and baggy appearance of the neck. Sculptra® is one of these fillers. Its results last for a remarkable two years.
Another treatment, Kybella®, contains deoxycholic acid, which is naturally produced by the body. When injected into a sagging double chin, it melts away the fat cells and reduces the bulge.
Other injectable treatments can be used to complement the effects of fillers. BOTOX® is one of these. It relaxes muscles that cause wrinkles in the face and can be used around the chin and neck to change the action of muscles that are contributing to sagging, wrinkled skin on the neck.
When Fillers Help and When They Don’t
In its early stages, the loosening skin of turkey neck can be reduced and made less visible with fillers. Taking care of the skin can help, too. Sun exposure and smoking both contribute to skin deterioration and loosening.
But as the skin on the neck and under the chin becomes very loose, fillers won’t be enough to eliminate the problem. At that point, various surgical options might be considered.
Dr. Brian K. Machida at STC Plastic Surgery of Ontario, Inland Empire, CA, can help you understand your options and choose the one that will be most effective for you. Dr. Machida has decades of experience with both fillers and cosmetic surgery and is skilled in applying the approach best suited to the unique needs of each patient.
Get answers to your specific questions about improving the appearance of your neck when you call 800-303-9541. You can also schedule a consultation with Dr. Machida. We look forward to your call or visit!