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Turkey Neck Problems? Exercises, Cosmetics, & Surgery7 min read

Turkey Neck Problems? Exercises, Cosmetics, & Surgery
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Cluck, gobble! On turkeys, the fleshy parts of their necks are called “wattles” or “dewlaps.” Male turkeys strut their magnificent wattles while gobbling their elusive gobbles to attract lady hens. 

While our feathered friends may find their wattles irresistible, we humans generally find the classic “turkey neck” look undesirable. 

As we age, our muscles loosen, and our skin loses elasticity, causing wrinkly, saggy skin below our chins and at our necks. 

Environmental factors, smoking, and genetics also contribute to a saggy neck. 

Fortunately, there are many easy solutions to fixing a turkey neck look! 

Exercise, cosmetics, and surgery can all be worthy investments to help tighten your neck and regain confidence!

Exercises for a Tighter Neck

The neck is one of the least exercised areas of the body. Those loose muscles contribute significantly to turkey neck! 

Fortunately, these easy exercises can be done anywhere for a tighter, firmer, toned neck!

Stretch Your Neck!

Stretch your neck back and to the sides every once in a while to keep the muscle lean. 

Do the Chewing exercise by leaning your head far back and making chewing motions with your mouth closed at least 20 times. 

For the Kiss exercise, tilt your head far back, pucker your lips, and then relax them around 20 times.

Strengthen Your Neck!

For the Push exercise

  1. Hold your palm to your forehead. 
  2. Press your head against your palm without leaning forward (you should feel the muscles in your jawline straining slightly). Hold this for at least 10 seconds. 
  3. Put both hands behind your head, pushing your neck back. Hold this for at least another 10 seconds.

Cosmetics, Makeup, and Lotions

While neck exercises address the muscles, they don’t fix saggy or wrinkly skin. Anti-aging lotions and creams help replenish the skin with elastin and collagen to improve smoothness, tightness, and color.

5 Top Anti-Aging Creams for a Firmer Neck

While neck exercises can tone the underlying muscles, they often leave saggy or wrinkly skin unaddressed. 

You can turn to specialized cosmetics, including anti-aging lotions and creams, to rejuvenate the skin’s texture and appearance. 

These products are infused with essential components such as elastin and collagen, which enhance skin smoothness, tightness, and tone. 

Here are three top anti-aging creams designed for the neck area:

1. Pure Biology's Firming Neck Cream

Pure Biology’s Firming Neck Cream is ideal for those addressing neck aging signs. It’s formulated to improve the elasticity and texture of the skin, giving it a firmer and smoother appearance.

2. Clarin's Extra-Firming Anti-Wrinkle Neck Cream

Positioned at a mid-range price point, this cream from Clarins targets wrinkles and promotes a visibly lifted neck contour. Its rich formula nourishes the skin while delivering noticeable firming benefits.

3. Perricone's Cold Plasma Sub-D Firming Neck Treatment Cream

A premium option, this cream boasts a high concentration of active ingredients tailored for profound anti-aging effects. Expect enhanced skin tightness and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

4. N-Acetyl Glucosamine

Recognizing the importance of N-Acetyl Glucosamine in skincare, this cream integrates it to offer optimal hydration and nutrition. This ingredient keeps the skin well-hydrated while supplying it with essential nutrients.

5. Brilliant Connections HA⁵® Rejuvenating Hydrator

This hydrator stands out for delivering immediate results. It smoothens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles right from the first application. Moreover, it boosts the skin’s ability to retain moisture, ensuring a radiant and rejuvenated tone and texture. It’s suitable and beneficial for all skin types.

The Makeover: Neck Lifts & CoolSculpting

The quest to bid farewell to the dreaded turkey neck has led many to explore various cosmetic interventions. Whether seeking an invasive long-term solution or a non-surgical alternative, neck lifts and CoolSculpting are two standout options!

Neck Lift: The Surgical Route to a Defined Neckline

A neck lift is a comprehensive surgical approach that redefines the neck’s contour. 

The surgeon makes discreet incisions above the ears and just below the neck. 

Lifting the muscles and skin reshapes and tones the neck area. 

Any excess skin and fat are expertly removed before stitching the incisions.

3 Benefits of a Neck Lift

  • Immediate Results: One of the standout advantages of a neck lift is the instantaneous transformation. Unlike other cosmetic procedures that require time for results to manifest fully, a neck lift offers immediate gratification. As soon as the healing begins, patients can observe a noticeable difference in the contour and definition of their neck, eliminating the sagging and drooping characteristic of the “turkey neck.”
  • Longevity: A neck lift isn’t just a temporary fix; it’s a lasting solution. The changes made during the procedure are designed to endure. This makes it more than just a cosmetic treatment—it’s a long-term investment in one’s appearance. While natural aging continues, the effects of the surgery help ensure the neck maintains its refined shape for years. For many, this lasting change means not constantly exploring other short-term cosmetic solutions for the neck area.
  • Boosted Confidence: With an enhanced neck profile resulting from a neck lift, many patients report a surge in self-esteem. Not only does the tighter, more defined neck make them look younger, but it also rejuvenates their overall facial aesthetics. This renewed confidence can ripple out, affecting various facets of their lives, from personal interactions to professional endeavors.

CoolSculpting: The Non-Invasive Answer to Neck Fat

CoolSculpting offers a groundbreaking approach to fat reduction without resorting to surgery. 

A specialized hand-held device exposes targeted fat areas to controlled cooling, effectively killing the fat cells. 

The body naturally eliminates these dead cells over time.

3 Benefits of CoolSculpting

  • Non-Invasive: The procedure involves no surgical incisions, stitches, or anesthesia.
  • Effective Results: CoolSculpting has earned its reputation in cosmetics due to its demonstrable efficacy. On average, patients enjoy up to a 25% reduction in fat in the targeted areas after just one session.
  • Minimal Downtime: Unlike surgical procedures that necessitate days or weeks of downtime, with CoolSculpting, you may return to your day-to-day activities almost immediately!
coolsculpting neck before and after

Alternative Surgical Solutions for Turkey Neck

Neck Liposuction

Neck liposuction eliminates surplus fat under the chin and around the neck. Ideal for those aiming to diminish double chins, it’s more suitable for those with good skin elasticity, typically in their 20s to 50s.

Neck Lift

If sagging skin is your primary concern, consider a neck lift. This method trims away redundant skin (cervicoplasty) or tightens neck muscles (platysmaplasty). Some patients combine this procedure with a facelift for a more comprehensive transformation.

Non-Surgical Methods to Address Turkey Neck

Neck Lift

FDA-endorsed KYBELLA injections combat fullness in the chin area. Their magic ingredient, deoxycholic acid, effectively dissolves fat cells. Once treated, these cells never accumulate fat again. Most patients require 2 to 3 sessions for optimal outcomes.


Think of SculpSure as a non-invasive counterpart to liposuction. With its FDA-certified laser technology, it eradicates fat cells for good. Most patients find the procedure painless and appreciate the zero recovery time!

Pro-Lipo Laser Liposuction

Often paired with Dr. Chang’s mommy makeover, Pro-Lipo uses cutting-edge lasers to tighten skin and eliminate unwanted fat pockets. Post-procedure, expect minor swelling and bruising, which typically subside within a day. Its effectiveness is highest in patients with good skin elasticity.

Profractional Laser Treatment

Seeking smoother, tighter skin? The Profractional Laser targets and repairs damaged tissue, promoting rejuvenation. It’s an excellent choice for erasing minor neck wrinkles. However, it doesn’t address excessive skin or fat.

Ready to Say Goodbye to Your Turkey Neck?

Cold turkey your turkey neck!

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 proceeding 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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