- Fashion and Beauty»
- Skin Care
How to Get Rid of Your Turkey Neck
What is a Turkey Neck
Do you suffer with a turkey neck? It is one of the most visible signs of aging as our neck begins to resemble that of a turkey's. The skin seems to hang and in time may turn not just to deep wrinkles but layers of hanging flesh. You may be resigned to thinking there isn't anything you can do to correct it and will just have to live with it or hide it. These are of course options but there are other things which you can do which will help in the appearance or disguise of it.
You can of course hide it, let's look at what is available to do this. There are scarves which can be worn year round. These range from elegant to everyday styles and can be worn to great effect.There is everything from thick wintertime warm scarves to sheer silk scarves which can be a beautiful accessory to any wardrobe.
Not only are they covering your problem area, they are keeping it from being exposed to the elements such as sun, wind, and other environmental conditions which can accelerate the problem.
I use this as a bible of scarf wearing. It has given me the confidence to use various scarves as an accessory to help dress up and outfit and also to hide my 'turkey neck'.
Before I bought this book I was wearing scarves which looked like a noose around my neck. Now I am a scarf wearing aficionado!
Necklaces and Chokers
The use of chokers and necklaces will draw attention to this area which you are trying to hide. Great cascades of chains or necklaces give the appearance of a drawn pulled down neck, best to avoid these unless your neck is covered with clothing.
Turtlenecks, Roll Necks and Mock Turtlenecks
High neck clothing such as turtle necks are a great way to hide the loose skin around your neck. There are of course 'mock turtle necks' which don't fold over. If you don't like the feeling of all the material around your neck, this may be an option better suited to you. These come in a variety of fabrics from chunky knits to thin cotton/blends and can be as thick or sheer as you wish. These aren't only for winter though as you can buy high-necked shells which work great under a lightweight suit.
Surgical Options Saggy Neck Skin
If you and your doctor agree, there are of course surgical options to remove the loose skin. This would be the lifting and tightening of the skin and the removal of fat tissue. This will leave you with scars behind the ears. This type of surgery will vary in price but a ballpark figure is around $10,000.
If your condition doesn't warrant going under the knife, you could opt for laser treatment of the area. Your doctor can advise you who is qualified to perform this type of procedure.
Which of the following would you consider an option?
Keep Moisturized & Hydrated
There are other ways to help a neck with loose sagging skin. Keep it moisturized. The look of wrinkles is accentuated if the skin is dry. Applying a moisturizer will keep it supple and reduce the appearance of lines. Avoid putting make-up on your neck as this may fold into the creases and make your neck look worse. Before bed, apply your favorite night-time moisturizer. These are usually thicker than the version you apply during the day.
By doing this you aren't removing the wrinkles merely plumping up the skin. Think of a grape and a raisin, the difference is merely a lack of moisture.
Drinking ample water to keep yourself hydrated and your body functioning as it should will also help the condition of your skin and overall health.
Check your Posture
Check your posture when sitting or standing. If you allow yourself to slouch you will notice that your skin sags everywhere. By keeping your head erect, your shoulders back you will help lengthen the look of your neck.
If you work at a desk, try to ensure it is at a suitable height so you aren't required to lean forward. If you work on a laptop, try raising it so that the screen is eye level. Most will allow a USB keyboard to be connected so you type at a comfortable level whilst still not sacrificing the correct posture.
Causes of Sagging Neck Skin
The causes of sagging neck skin are varied and some may apply to you and others not. Aging is of course the main cause. Ladies, there is no getting away from it. The elasticity of our skin becomes less and as such begins to hang.
Excessive sun: We all enjoy the sun and it of course is necessary for the body's production of vitamin D. That said, too much can lead to skin damage and this shows up where the skin is always exposed. The use of sunbeds too will compound this problem. Young people often claim, “Who is going to care if I have saggy skin when I'm 80”. The truth is, often it can be in the mid 30's that skin damage begins to show signs of damage from sun exposure.
Many light daytime moisturizers have a sunscreen in them opting for one of these can help stave off the potential worsening effects to your neck area.
Weight loss: If you have reduced your weight you may experience excess skin which hasn't sprung back. Depending on your age, the skin may never become as firm as you hope. There are medical procedures you can have performed which will eliminate some of the excess skin. A face and neck lift are options.
Smoking: If you smoke it not only affects your lungs, it also takes its toll on your skin. It is often thought that the wrinkles around the mouth are due to smoking but the chemicals in cigarettes rob your entire body of necessary vitamins and minerals and put a strain on your cells. Without sufficient nourishment, the cell walls begin to weaken.
Avoiding Turkey Neck
Taking vitamin E will help keep the skin supple and retain some of the elasticity.
Hormones. Use of the hormones such as those in birth control pills and hormone replacement can aid in the suppleness of your skin. Speak with your doctor to see if this is an option for you.
Weather: If you live in a cold climate you will know that the cold and wind can whip moisture out of your skin. This is then coupled with going into a house or building that is heated with dry heat. All of this is sucking the life out of your skin. Of course not everyone is going to opt to move to the tropics, but you can take precautions in your own home by keeping a level of moisture in the air. This can be done with a humidifier or even with plants in your home.
It is easy to become fixated on a problem with our bodies but remember that aging is something which happens to us all.
The choice lies with all of us whether we choose to do anything about it and if so, how much are we prepared to do and spend. I am sure we have all seen women who are in their 70's and beyond with skin which looks paper thin due to it being pulled tight several times. I think we have to stop and ask ourselves, which looks worse, someone who looks their age or someone who is trying to look younger at all costs.
There is a definite look in people who have taken care of themselves through diet, exercise, and positive lifestyle choices which reflects in not only their skin but in their sense of self confidence they have.
In a society in which youth is revered it is difficult for some to accept the signs of aging.
© 2014 Mary Wickison