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Turkey Neck: Causes, Reversal, and Natural Fixes

Understanding Turkey Neck

As we age, one of the noticeable changes to our skin can be the dreaded "turkey neck". This unsightly condition usually manifests itself as sagging and wrinkled skin that hangs beneath the chin and along the neck. Although this issue is not exclusive only to the elderly, growing old does bring about several potential factors for development. Along with other signs like wrinkles and creasing, turkey neck adds a layer of unwanted effects from growing older.

Woman with Turkey Neck

The only way to make progress against such an issue is by bringing it out into the open so people are more informed and able to keep it at bay. It may just require greater awareness and integrative methods in prevention or management which can enable us all to keep control of our own skin's appearance during these years that come with age.

What is "Turkey Neck"?

Turkey neck is an unflattering term for the manifestation of aging in this delicate area. Sagging, wrinkled folds of skin forming beneath the chin and along the neck appear when loss of skin elasticity occurs, which also saps the strength from supporting neck muscles. This harsh reality can come on suddenly as part of the body's nightly course—revealing telltale signs that your girlish and youthful look may be going away.

Woman with Sagging Neck

Causes of Turkey Neck

Several factors can cause turkey neck, including:

  1. Aging: As the years pass, our skin can no longer keep up with us and wrinkles begin to set in - a natural sign of aging as collagen production slows down.
  2. Genetics: Genetics can play a major role in the dreaded turkey neck; for some people, it may be inevitable.
  3. Sun Damage: Excessive exposure to UV rays can cause the skin's natural elasticity to break down, which in turn will result in creases and wrinkles forming prematurely. Protecting your skin from too much sun is essential for keeping it looking youthful!
  4. Poor Posture: Poor posture can unfortunately cause more than just a stiff neck; it can also weaken the muscles around your neck and lead to sagging skin over time. Don't let bad habits take their toll on your body - maintain good posture for lasting beauty!

Woman with Bad Posture

Reversing Turkey Neck

While there is no magic cure for a sagging neck, some treatments can help improve its appearance. The following are ways to reverse turkey neck:

  1. Skin Tightening Creams: Topical creams containing retinoids, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid can help improve the appearance of sagging skin.
  2. Neck Exercises: Regularly exercising the neck muscles can help tone and firm them, leading to the reduction of sagging skin.
  3. Ultherapy: This non-invasive procedure uses ultrasound technology to tighten the skin and stimulate collagen production.
  4. Laser Resurfacing: This treatment involves using a laser to remove the top layer of skin, promoting the growth of new, smoother skin.
  5. Surgical Facelifts: If you have no patience and the aesthetic of sagging skin is wearing down on your confidence, you can consider surgical procedures to tighten your skin.

Woman Doing Turkey Neck Surgery

Natural Fixes for Turkey Neck

If you prefer a natural approach, several remedies can help tighten neck sagging:

  1. Moisturize: Regularly moisturizing the skin can improve its elasticity, making it less prone to sagging.
  2. Neck Exercises: Simple exercises like chin tucks and neck stretches can help tone the neck muscles and reduce sagging skin.
  3. Good Posture: Maintaining good posture can help keep the neck muscles strong and prevent sagging.
  4. Diet: Eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can help improve skin health and reduce sagging.
  5. Facial Lifting Tools: There are a plethora of natural face lifting tools that can help improve elasticity of your skin through massage which promote lymphatic drainage. Great examples include face rollers, electric gua sha's, and the microcurrent face shaping devices such as the Glowastica™ and the MicroRoller™. Adding such tools to your skincare routine can drastically change the appearance of sagging skin around the face and neck.

Face Lifting Tool for Turkey Neck

FAQs About Turkey Neck

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about the effectiveness, remedies and concerns in regards to turkey neck.

Can weight gain or weight loss cause turkey neck?

Excess weight, whether gained or lost, can lead to the dreaded "turkey neck" - an unwelcome side effect of both gaining and losing from those extra pounds. The force on skin and weakening in neck muscles due to added pressure is a common cause for sagging turkey necks.

Are there any home remedies that can help with turkey neck?

In addition to the natural fixes mentioned in the article, some home remedies that can help improve the appearance of turkey neck include using egg whites as a face mask, massaging the neck with coconut oil, and applying a mixture of honey and milk to the neck.

Can you reverse turkey neck without surgery?

For those looking to target a turkey neck without turning to surgery, there are natural remedies that can help provide relief. Consider moisturizing regularly and engaging in beneficial neck exercises coupled with good posture. Furthermore, maintaining a nutritious diet and incorporating face lifting tools will also contribute significantly towards tightening the skin around your chin for noticeable results!

Can smoking contribute to turkey neck?

Smoking is a notorious cause of premature aging, including the dreaded 'turkey neck'. Yet by kicking this habit you can reverse its effects and retain your youthful appearance. Don't forget - quitting now can make all the difference!

Can certain medications contribute to turkey neck?

Medications may be to blame for the dreaded "turkey neck"--sagging skin below your chin. If this is an issue you are facing, talk with your healthcare provider about changing medications and seeing if that makes a difference in keeping wrinkles at bay.

Woman with Beautiful Glowing Skin


In conclusion, having a turkey neck can be not just physically unattractive but mentally draining as well. No matter your age, turkey neck can affect anyone, so it’s critical that you know the signs of how to prevent and reverse it. Although there are a variety of cosmetic solutions out there for tackling this problem, it is important to note that natural remedies should be considered first.

Eating anti-inflammatory foods, like healthy fats and proteins found in fish and nuts, daily neck stretching exercises, using tightening creams and face lifting devices will help reduce the appearance of a turkey neck with time. So don't be afraid to get creative when exercising thyroid awareness – your neck deserves a bit of TLC too!

Tatiana Danchenko

Tatiana is a certified practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture with more than 15 years of experience in the field. She earned her TCM Diploma from the Canadian College of Holistic Health and is an active member of the CTCMPAO. Tatiana's expertise lies in addressing joint and muscle pain, emotional and digestive issues, insomnia, and stress management. She runs a beauty clinic in Richmond Hill, Ontario, dedicated to providing natural solutions for a youthful appearance.

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