Have you ever looked at a picture of yourself, perhaps a “selfie” and thought “Where did that turkey neck come from?” In this high-tech age where selfies and friend photos are shared in social media so often, people have become more aware of the appearance of a sagging neck and vertical lines under the chin. Botox and fillers may have kept the face appearing youthful, but the neck is left behind to give away age. The great thing is you can do something about it.
People in Wilmington NC are out in the sun a lot so…
First, prevention is key as age is not the only factor. Sun damage, weight gain or loss, and muscle atrophy also contribute to turkey wattle.
- Make sure you use a good sunscreen daily on your face and neck as these areas have the most sun exposure. This will help prevent wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
- Be mindful of obtaining and maintaining a program that keeps your weight steady as you will reap many health and beauty rewards as a result. Include colorful fruits and vegetables as they provide a rich supply of antioxidants to aid in the reduction of damage. Be sure to include salmon and cantaloupe. Don’t forget to stay well hydrated too.
- Because the neck muscles are attached directly to the skin, facial exercises that contract those muscles will shorten, lifting and spreading the skin to give you a more youthful appearance.
- The neck muscles are attached directly to the skin. In particular, the platysma muscle gives your neck its youthful contour, and when weakened, vertical lines under the chin will appear. A daily regimen of face and neck exercises can subtly build the muscles in the neck and improve circulation for a firmer appearance. Facial exercises will shorten the muscles lifting and spreading the skin to give you a more youthful appearance.
Neck lifts are Another Option
However for most folks, committing to these steps daily is difficult. Before you know it the turkey waddle develops enough that even facial exercises cannot noticeably improve your look . It may be time to consider a neck lift procedure called a platysmaplasty. It is performed through a small horizontal incision hidden under the chin that eliminates these muscle cords by joining the two muscle edges together. It creates a single sheet of platysma that resists the reappearance of muscle bands and improves the shape of both the jawline and the waistline of the neck.
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