There’s no denying that the neck is one of the first areas of the body to show telltale signs of ageing--often even before our faces! But why is this the case? Well, there’s more than one reason!
- The skin on the neck also has fewer melanocytes — the cells that make the pigment that protects it from the sun. This makes it more prone to photoaging (premature ageing of the skin due to sun damage)
- But it’s not the only reason. The neck is covered with a thin fan of muscle known as platysma muscle. As you get older, this neck muscle weakens and folds, creating raised creases that contribute to the appearance of a turkey neck.
- The neck also has fewer oil glands making it more prone to dryness. This may accelerate the ageing process and give your neck a more weathered look.
- Lastly, most people focus too much on their facial skincare and forget that their necks need care. This common neglect is another main contributor to the development of turkey necks.
The most crucial step in preventing turkey necks is to practice good skin care. Since one of the leading causes of turkey neck is sun damage, you should wear sunscreen every day. Keeping the skin on your neck properly moisturized is one of the most effective ways to protect it against turkey necks and other signs of skin ageing.
Topical Retinoids, a type of vitamin A, increase cell turnover, which makes them a great anti-ageing solution. Remember, retinol is photo reactive and can weaken your defences against collagen-damaging UVA/UVB rays. So it’s best to use it at night before you go to bed. For first-rate skincare products from sunscreen to topical retinoids, we recommend AlumierMD science-backed products.
Remember that your skin is easily affected by your stress levels, so try to lower your stress as much as possible. Stress-relieving activities like meditation, exercise, and massage can help delay the onset of turkey necks.
Many people are self-conscious about their turkey necks and would like to do something about it. Most people don’t want to resort to surgery as a solution, but instead a simple, fast and painless treatment that can be used long term. Fortunately, the right treatment can be found in the form of in-office non-surgical procedures.
The suitable options for you depend on several factors, including your age, skin type and the severity of the condition. Our skin specialists will discuss the various treatments available at the clinic and make the best recommendations for you.
Some of the options we offer include:
Radiofrequency skin tightening treatment has been used for many years, and its safety is well documented. There are no needles or any special preparation required. It is not an invasive procedure and is not painful.
The entire treatment takes less than 20 minutes, and often, you will immediately notice your skin is smoother, firmer and more resilient. Radiofrequency therapy promotes cell renewal and collagen production, leaving the skin looking and feeling more youthful. The tightening effect only gets better as time goes by. The treatment can be performed on the neck as well as any part of the face.
Microneedling with SkinPen stimulates the production of new collagen, resulting in firmer, tighter and more elastic skin. This has enabled us to achieve some really incredible neckline results for our clients.
While many of them are initially nervous at the thought of having tiny needle punctures on their skin, they quickly ease up after I show them how the actual SkinPen® works. In addition, we apply a topical anaesthetic to the skin prior to the procedure. At the very most, you’ll only feel a slight tickling sensation during the treatment.
Once the treatment is done, you may experience some redness and mild swelling. This is entirely normal and will resolve within 24 hours.
Contrary to many misconceptions, neck rejuvenation is not just for women. Men are also candidates for these treatments. Generally, the earlier you begin treatment, the better the results. If you’re thinking about trying Radio Frequency or SkinPen® for the first time, what are you waiting for? Contact Dr Aesthetica to learn more about how you can improve your neck’s appearance and regain your confidence.