If you stare downwards and neck muscles seem to go saggy and shorten because of old age or significant weight loss. The aging process decreases collagen production, the part of the skin that creates elasticity, and also fat layers under the skin decrease, leaving more noticeable hollowness and excess skin. This is the same for weight gain. When weight is gained, the collagen is overworked and can lose its elastic ability to cling to your body, resulting in loose that can hang from the neck, giving it the nickname “turkey neck.”
There are turkey neck exercises, creams, and surgeries to decrease the appearance of the loose neck skin. Surgery is the most effective removal of loose skin. As a surgical dermatologist, Dr. Rokhsar can perform a neck lift to reverse a turkey neck in NYC. Neck lift candidates should be physically and consistently healthy.
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In much the same way that you can develop a turkey neck, you can also develop what’s been called a “smartphone neck” or a “Facebook neck.” Every time you look down at your phone, you’re helping that skin to stretch out. Of course, most people–especially young people–look down at their phones all the time. This can cause the skin of the neck to become stretched prematurely, causing the development of loose skin and a look that most describe as unattractive. Loose skin can also accumulate around the jawline.
Luckily, a “smartphone neck” is treated in much the same way that “turkey neck” is treated.
A neck lift procedure begins with anesthesia followed by Cerviocoplasty which is the surgical removal of excess skin. A platysmaplasty is then performed which is done in order to move or adjust neck muscles. An incision is made under the chin or behind the ears in order to move the neck muscle and in some cases remove parts of the muscles.
Liposuction is also provided as an option to get rid of extra skin. The patient may additionally use Botox injections with or without surgery, depending on the desired results.
The procedure can last two to three hours, again, depending upon the desired results and also if other surgeries are being performed in conjunction such as a facelift.
If you are looking to get rid of your turkey neck in New York, contact one of our NYC offices, located in Long Island and Garden City. Both offices have the laser technology and talent to get your neckline looking slimmer and more youthful. During your initial consultation with Dr. Rokhsar, you will discuss the best ways to achieve your desired final results. Contact us today to get started on the process of your transformation.
Turkey neck is a common cosmetic concern among both men and women. It occurs when the skin on the neck loses its elasticity and begins to sag, resulting in a wrinkled and droopy appearance that resembles a turkey’s wattle.
Several factors can contribute to the development of turkey neck, but the most common cause is aging. As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity, and the muscles in our neck weaken, making it difficult for the skin to stay taut and smooth. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can also contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, further exacerbating the problem.
Other factors that may contribute to turkey neck include genetics, poor diet, lack of exercise, and extreme weight loss. In some cases, certain medical conditions may also contribute to the development of turkey neck.
First and foremost, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly to avoid extreme weight gain and loss, which can lead to sagging skin on the neck. Wearing wide-brimmed hats when outdoors and using sunblock with an SPF of at least 30 every day of the year can also prevent damage from harmful UV rays.
In addition, using a good moisturizer and incorporating daily neck exercises to strengthen neck muscles can improve the underlying muscle quality and tone of the neck, which may help improve its appearance. Wearing a daily sun-block with Zinc or titanium to prevent UV radiation to damage collagen and elastin is also key.
Turkey neck is a common condition that affects many people as they age. It refers to the sagging, loose skin, fat, and muscles on the neck below the chin that resemble a turkey’s wattle. Instead of having a defined jawline and neck area, people with loose neck skin often look like there is a draping of skin connecting their chin directly to the bottom area of their neck. The skin on the neck becomes loose and wrinkled, making it look like a turkey’s wattle. This can be a result of aging, sun exposure, and weight loss. The loose skin can become droopy and wrinkled, drawing unflattering comparisons to the neck of a turkey. To learn more about what a turkey neck is and how to treat it, we recommend consulting with Dr. Cameron Rokhsar who is a double-board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon.
There are many medical treatments available that can help achieve tighter, more youthful-looking neck skin. One option is injectables, such as Botox, into the platysma bands in the middle of the neck which become loose giving a wrinkled appearance. This can help relax the neck platysma muscles and reduce sagging skin and fine lines. Another option is to use a drug called kybella. Kybella is injected into the double chin fatty area of the neck to get rid of the fat. More than one injection session may be required with kybella spaced 2 months apart. Kybella, besides melting the fat, has the added benefit of tightening the skin due to fibrosis that sets in a couple of months later. Tumescent liposuction under local anesthesia is also an efficient and effective way to tighten the neck by removing the fat. Similar to kybella, the ensuing fibrosis tightens the overlying skin dramatically. Other procedures to tighten the skin of the neck include Ulthera or Ultherapy. Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound which gets converted to heat in different layers causing the skin and the fascia to contract. Ultherapy is a 2 hour procedure when performed correctly. Another option is using injectable radiofrequency using the Thermitight device. Thermitight is the gold standard for non surgical tightening of the skin of the lower face and the neck, and when performed in experienced hands, can cause tightening similar to a mini-face or neck lift minus the surgical scars and downtime. The results are also very natural looking compared to a face or neck lift.
The neck area is particularly prone to sagging and loose skin after significant weight loss, which can be frustrating for many patients. While there are many at-home methods that claim to tighten neck skin. However, none of these methods are effective or safe.
One of the most effective ways to tighten neck skin after weight loss is through nonsurgical skin tightening treatments. These treatments use various technologies such as radiofrequency, ultrasound, or laser energy to stimulate collagen production in the skin, which can help to tighten and firm the skin. These treatments are typically done in-office and have little to no downtime to a few days down time, making them a popular choice among patients.
A nice non surgical option to tighten the skin of the neck is Ultherapy, which uses focused ultrasound to tighten the skin of the face and neck. Another effective method is, Thermitight, considered the most effective way for non surgical skin tightening of the lower face and neck. After numbing with a tumescent solution, a small probe the size of a needle is inserted underneath the skin. This probe emits radiofrequency energy which gets converted to heat in the skin. This systematic heating of the skin causes dramatic tightening of the skim. If fat is an issue, either kybella injections or liposuction can be used to get rid of the fat resulting in a much tighter neck.
Another effective option is neck lift surgery. This procedure involves removing excess skin and tightening the remaining skin and muscles to create a more youthful, defined neck contour. While this is a more invasive option than nonsurgical treatments, it can provide long-lasting results.
In addition to these options, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can also help to improve the appearance of loose neck skin after weight loss. This includes eating a balanced diet rich in nutrients, staying hydrated, avoiding smoking and excessive sun exposure, and exercising regularly to build muscle and improve skin elasticity.
Dr, Rokhsar in New York, is an expert in various options to address muscle, skin and fat problems involving the lower face and neck. Dr. Rokhsar is double board certified in dermatology and dermatologic surgery and is a graduate of Harvard University and NYU school of medicine.
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