Nora Ephron wasn’t the only one worried about a turkey neck. Facebook surveys show the neck, hands, and face are the places women are most worried about aging, with the neck leading the pack (Huffington Post).
Why the Neck Ages Faster than the Rest of Your Face
The skin around the neck is particularly prone to the wear and tear of aging because it’s thinner than facial skin and has a different collagen content, says Alan Matarasso, MD, clinical professor of plastic surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City (source). Plus, the neck is one of the most sun-exposed parts of the body, making it especially vulnerable to UVA/UVB damage.
As Oprah beauty editor Valerie Monroe says, “The problem with turkey neck is that once you have one, you can’t get dramatically improved results without taking dramatic action. Think of your neck as a skirt that needs hemming. You can iron the skirt (meaning treat it with various lasers, which can help smooth the skin) and reinforce the fabric of the skirt (meaning apply creams like retinoids that will encourage production of collagen and elastin), but unless you hem the skirt, you won’t lose the excess fabric.” “Hemming” might entail a costly neck lift, or it might involve using products that help the appearance of loose skin.
A Few Tips for a Droopy Neck:
1.) Create a diversion with accessories or makeup.
Makeup artist Bobbi Brown has offered some tips on hiding a turkey neck, such as wearing a nice scarf or a pretty blush that will draw attention away from your neck.
2.) Wear clothes with pizzazz.
To draw attention away from your neck, look for tops with ruffles or prints, says Alison Deyette, wardrobe expert for TLC’s10 Years Younger.
3.) Consider a laser.
Fraxel laser treatments can improve the skin’s texture, while Botox can soften vertical lines. Some doctors use Thermage or ReFirme, radiofrequency and light devices, to stimulate production of collagen in the neck.
4.) Use skin care targeted to fight glycation.
Glycation is a chemical process whereby sugar molecules bind and destroy proteins in your skin. Glycation is responsible for the crepe texture and the sagging skin on your neck! Products like AminoGenesis N.E.C.K. Control help to prevent the appearance of glycation-associated aging symptoms in the neck.
Style choices are one way to draw attention away from a turkey neck, but for more lasting results it is best to consider laser treatments or skin care products that target glycation. We think AminoGenesis N.E.C.K. Control (which you can find by clicking here) produces fantastic results. Just look at these before and after photos!