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What causes Turkey Neck & how you can improve it

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What causes Turkey Neck & how you can improve it

Gobble, Gobble! That’s the sound of a turkey and although thanksgiving is over – it doesn’t mean you can leave that turkey neck hanging there! 

Let’s be honest, we would all prefer to eat the turkey at our Thanksgiving dinner rather than be the turkey. Because of this, it’s crucial to protect your skin and avoid turkey neck. We will help you in getting rid of the saggy neck and regaining the smooth skin you once had if the skin on your neck has already begun to droop.


What is a Turkey Neck?

Turkey neck is also known for wrinkled, sagging skin on the neck which is a common side effect of aging. It happens when your neck muscles start to weaken and lose its elasticity or its ability to stretch and stay tight. Popular skin care products, treatments and procedures for the face can help us fight the effects of aging. However, we often forget to treat the skin on our necks, revealing our true age.


Cause of Turkey Neck

Cause of Turkey Neck

Turkey neck, clinically referred to as platysma bands or neck sagging, is a common concern associated with aging. Several factors contribute to the development of turkey neck, and understanding the causes of turkey neck is essential for addressing and preventing this cosmetic issue.

  1. Aging: The natural aging process is a significant contributor to turkey neck. As individuals age, the skin loses collagen and elasticity, leading to sagging and the formation of visible platysma bands in the neck.
  2. Skin laxity: Over time, the skin on the neck may lose its firmness due to a reduction in collagen and elastin production. This laxity allows the underlying muscles to become more apparent, resulting in the characteristic appearance of a turkey neck.
  3. Genetics: Genetic predisposition can play a role in the development of turkey neck. Some individuals may be more prone to sagging skin and muscle laxity due to their genetic makeup.
  4. Sun exposure: Prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can accelerate the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin. This photodamage contributes to premature aging and increases the likelihood of developing turkey neck.
  5. Weight fluctuations: Significant weight loss or gain can impact the skin’s elasticity, leading to sagging in various areas, including the neck. Rapid weight loss, in particular, may result in loose skin that contributes to the appearance of a turkey neck.
  6. Poor posture: Chronic poor posture, such as looking down at electronic devices for extended periods, can contribute to muscle strain and weakening of the neck muscles. This can exacerbate the sagging effect and contribute to the development of turkey neck.
  7. Smoking: Smoking has detrimental effects on skin health, as it can accelerate the breakdown of collagen and elastin. The chemicals in tobacco smoke contribute to premature aging, making individuals more susceptible to turkey neck.


Is the Turkey neck the same as Tech Neck & Text Neck

Is the Turkey neck the same as Tech Neck & Text Neck?

Tech neck or text neck is a form of neck pain caused by damage or sores to the neck. The main cause is looking down at one’s mobile devices like your smart phones, tablets or any other wireless devices for an extended period of time too frequently. The condition is brought on by discomfort or stiffness in the shoulder and neck regions. The neck’s angle and posture during the prolonged use of the devices are to blame. The shoulders can stoop, which can lead to pain from stress and exhaustion. 

Besides the posture issues, the constant bending of your neck can lead to early aging of the neck hence causing a sagging neck as the neck muscles are loosened up. 

The underlying muscles and flexibility of the skin on your neck are highly impacted considering how thin it is, which is why it causes your neck to appear slack, dangling, and showing wrinkly wrinkles that resemble a turkey’s wattle. 


Turkey Neck Treatment To Improve My Saggy Neck Skin 

Turkey Neck Treatment To Improve My Saggy Neck Skin? 

The idea is to keep in mind to moisturize your neck with anti-aging lotions every day. Additionally, daily use of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to your face and neck will help shield you from the sun’s harmful rays, which is the main cause of skin aging in general and can even help prevent skin cancer. There are also other methods to further improve your neck lines and here’s some examples you can try out:- 



When you start to age, the amount of fibroblasts in your skin reduces and causes the production of collagen to slow down typically around the neck area. To restore the intake of nutrients for fibroblasts will require extracellular matrix regeneration (ECM). 

Sunekos is known to be a bio-regeneration injectable that helps with skin laxity and visible signs of ageing by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, enabling ECM to occur. The skinbooster utilizes the amino acid’s biological diversity and synergy, in combination with Hyaluronic acid, to restore the skin’s health and physiological balance. 


The benefits of Sunekos include:- 

  • Superficial & deep hydration
  • Natural production of collagen & elastin 
  • Restore skin elasticity & natural volume
  • Reduce expression lines & thin wrinkles 
  • Stimulation of fibroblasts


Thermage FLX

Thermage is known for its non-invasive treatment for skin tightening which is the ‘gold standard’ in firming up the skin, in a single treatment, without any downtime. Recent years, it has become a popular treatment to improve skin laxity along the face and body – it’s even able to reduce cellulite around the treatment area. 

Thermage uses state-of-the-art radiofrequency technology to heat the inner layers of the skin, which in turn allows new collagen development in the body. For targeted areas such as the neck, jawline or jowls, it can be an easy and painless way to reduce the appearance of loose skin, creating the effect of a mini “facelift” without the need for invasive plastic surgery.

You can see the effects of Thermage begin to be observable several weeks after the initial treatment, as new collagen is produced in the skin in the weeks that follow. New collagen growth may persist for up to 6 months after having a single treatment session, with the skin tightening benefits of treatment lasting for up to two years in duration. For any given treatment area, patients only require one treatment session.


Thermage is highly effective, as collagen is a vital way to revitalize the skin and reduce the appearance of loose skin underneath the jawline. The reason that treatment with Thermage works so well for the neck is that as we age, collagen in the skin is naturally broken down over time. By inducing new collagen growth, Thermage helps to replenish lost collagen in the skin.



If you didn’t know, BTX can even treat neck lines! You can find out more here on the different areas that BTX can treat! In case you’re not familiar with how BTX works, it does not tighten or lift the skin; in fact, it relaxes the muscles which results in a smoother skin and reduces wrinkles! And smooth skin gives the illusion of tight skin. When wrinkles are out of the equation, the skin just looks tighter.

For neck BTX, it helps in smoothing out the lines on the neck by injecting BTX into the platysma muscle (superficial muscle in the neck). It is injected to weaken the muscles. By doing so, BTX targets the muscle that causes the looks of bands, hence resulting in a smoother and tighter-looking neck. 

As BTX works by weakening the muscles, the motion of the platysma muscle becomes very limited. The relaxed muscle makes the neck look smoother by softening the wrinkles and lines.

Additionally, as there are no more visible bands or involuntary contraction, the neck appears tighter as well. This effect indirectly helps with the appearance of jowls and jawline too.



With these non-invasive turkey neck treatments, you can now get rid of your sagging neck skin without going under the knife. Defy your aging turkey neck today and try out our customized non-invasive treatments today at Kowayo Aesthetic.