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What’s the Best Turkey Neck Treatment?7 min read

What’s the Best Turkey Neck Treatment?
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Turkey neck, a common term for sagging skin in the neck area, is a cosmetic concern for many individuals.

This phenomenon often occurs due to aging, loss of collagen, and reduced skin elasticity.

Fortunately, there are several effective treatments available to address this issue.

In this article, we will explore the most effective turkey neck treatments, helping you make an informed decision to rejuvenate your appearance.

Understanding Turkey Neck: Causes and Concerns

The natural aging process primarily causes turkey neck.

Our skin loses collagen and elastin as we age, decreasing firmness and elasticity.

Factors like sun exposure, genetics, and lifestyle choices can accelerate this process.

Understanding these causes is crucial in selecting the appropriate treatment.

Non-Invasive Treatments

In the realm of aesthetic enhancements, addressing the signs of aging around the neck area, commonly referred to as ‘turkey neck,’ is a growing concern for many.

Turkey neck, characterized by sagging and wrinkled skin beneath the chin and along the neck, can be a source of self-consciousness.

However, only some are ready or willing to undergo surgical procedures.

This is where non-invasive treatments come into play, offering a gentler yet practical approach to improving the appearance of the neck area.

  • Topical Treatments: High-quality creams and serums containing ingredients like retinol, peptides, and hyaluronic acid can improve skin texture and firmness. Regular use can lead to noticeable improvements over time.

  • Thermage: This non-invasive treatment uses radiofrequency energy to heat the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production. Results can last up to two years.

  • Ultherapy: Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to target deeper layers of the skin, encouraging collagen growth. It’s known for its ability to lift and tighten the skin without surgery.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

While non-invasive methods offer gradual improvements, those seeking more pronounced and quicker results might consider minimally invasive procedures.

These treatments balance non-invasive techniques and surgical interventions, offering noticeable results with relatively minimal downtime and discomfort.

1. CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, is a widely acclaimed minimally invasive procedure designed for fat reduction. This treatment targets and eliminates fat cells in specific areas, including under the chin, which can contribute to the turkey neck appearance.

  • Cryolipolysis Technology: CoolSculpting employs controlled cooling to target and freeze fat cells beneath the skin. The treatment involves applying a specialized device that cools fat cells to the point of crystallization, causing them to die off. The body then naturally processes and eliminates these cells.

  • Focused Fat Reduction: Unlike weight loss, which shrinks fat cells, CoolSculpting reduces the number of fat cells in the treated area, providing lasting results as long as weight is maintained.

  • Procedure and Recovery: During the CoolSculpting session, a protective gel is applied to the target area. The CoolSculpting device is then used to apply controlled cooling. The procedure is generally well-tolerated, with patients experiencing a cooling sensation followed by numbness.

  • Recovery Time: One of the benefits of CoolSculpting is minimal downtime. Patients can typically return to their normal activities immediately following the procedure. Some temporary redness, swelling, or numbness in the treated area is expected.

  • Visible Outcomes: Initial results can be seen as early as three weeks after treatment, with the most noticeable results after two months. The body continues to flush out fat cells for up to four to six months after the session.

  • Long-Term Effects: The results of CoolSculpting are considered long-lasting, as the treated fat cells are permanently eliminated. Subsequent changes in body contour are typically maintained with a stable weight.


BOTOX, a neurotoxin, is widely used in cosmetic treatments to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

In the context of treating turkey neck, BOTOX can be particularly effective.

  • Mechanism: When injected into the neck muscles, specifically the platysma bands, BOTOX relaxes these muscles. This relaxation reduces the appearance of neck bands and wrinkles, giving the neck a smoother, more youthful appearance.

  • Procedure: The procedure is quick, typically taking only a few minutes, and does not require anesthesia. It involves a series of small injections into targeted muscles in the neck.

  • Results and Duration: The full effect of BOTOX is visible within a week and can last anywhere from three to six months, after which the treatment can be repeated.

3. Kybella

Kybella is an injectable treatment designed to target and dissolve fat under the chin, a common issue contributing to a turkey neck’s appearance.

  • Active Ingredient: The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.

  • Procedure: During a Kybella treatment, multiple small injections are made under the chin, targeting the fat cells. These cells, once destroyed, can no longer store or accumulate fat, leading to a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin.

  • Results and Recovery: The number of treatment sessions varies depending on the amount of fat and the desired profile. Swelling, bruising, and numbness under the chin are common post-treatment symptoms but usually subside within a week or two.

  • Long-Term Effects: Since the fat cells are permanently destroyed, the results of Kybella are typically long-lasting, provided the patient maintains a stable weight.

Surgical Options

  • Neck Lift: A surgical neck lift provides the most dramatic and lasting results. It involves removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying muscles.

  • Liposuction: Liposuction can be an effective solution for those with excess fat in the neck area. It’s often combined with other procedures for optimal results.

Prevention and Maintenance

Maintaining skin health is essential in preventing turkey neck.

This includes regular moisturization, sun protection, and a healthy lifestyle.

Regular exercises targeting the neck and facial muscles can also help maintain skin firmness.

Customizing Your Treatment Plan

Consulting with a qualified dermatologist or plastic surgeon is crucial.

They can assess your specific condition and recommend a tailored treatment plan.

Remember, the effectiveness of each treatment varies based on individual factors such as skin type, age, and overall health.

Ready to Rejuvenate Your Neckline?

Meet us at 19500 Sandridge Way, Suite 350, Leesburg, VA 20176, or call us at (703) 574-4342 for a complimentary consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang before moving forward with your procedure. If everything matches up, our team will help you navigate the entire process from beginning to end. Also, remember to check out our blog and social media for more information on cosmetic surgery trends!

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