The neck is one of the most prominent places to show the signs of aging. This is unfortunate as the neck is hard to hide or contour with makeup. The only way to feel comfortable with your neck and overall appearance is to address your sagging skin directly. Below we discuss what you need to know about your turkey neck and how to treat it permanently.

What is Turkey Neck?

Turkey neck refers to wrinkled, saggy skin on the neck. Women above 40 are more likely to have skin under the jaw that stretches, sags, and droops. This appearance can lead to feelings of insecurity and frustration. If you’ve tried natural remedies and exercises and you want permanent results, it’s time to consider plastic surgery.

What Causes Turkey Neck?

Turkey neck is most commonly a result of aging when the neck muscles weaken, and your skin loses its ability to stay tight. However, overexposure to the sun, pollution, smoking, and other harmful factors can accelerate the degradation of collagen in the skin.

How to Treat Turkey Neck

There are many ways you can try to treat turkey neck. There are natural options like exercise and a targeted diet. However, these natural remedies aren’t proven to give results and may not provide any results depending on the person. If you want a definitive fix to your turkey neck, this may not be the right treatment for you.

You can also try non-surgical treatments such as BOTOX or laser skin resurfacing. These cosmetic treatments do garner obvious results. However, they are not permanent results, so you’ll need to have multiple treatments to sustain your tight, youthful skin. If you want to get rid of your turkey skin permanently, non-surgical treatments may not be right for you.

Surgical Treatment for Turkey Neck

Surgical cosmetic treatments provide obvious and permanent results. The most targeted surgical procedure for a turkey neck is a neck lift.

Neck Lift

A lower rhytidectomy, also known as a neck lift, is a cosmetic procedure that targets signs of aging in the neck and jawline. A neck lift treats excess fat, skin relaxation, wrinkles, and more. This type of plastic surgery is a popular solution to get rid of turkey neck for good. Below is everything you need to know about a neck lift.


A neck lift procedure is designed to tighten the muscles and skin of the neck for a tighter, more youthful appearance. During the procedure, a one-inch incision is made under the chin. The muscles in your neck are then stitched together to make a sling that supports the neck tissue and provides contouring. 


Due to swelling, it will take several weeks to months to see the final results of your neck lift. However, while you may have to wait to see your final look, these results are permanent. Depending on your own recovery period, you may see results sooner.


The cost of your neck lift procedure depends on the complexity of your procedure and whether you combine your neck lift with another cosmetic surgery procedure. A typical neck lift is around $5,000-$6,000. For a more specific estimate of what your neck lift will cost, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Dominic Castellano.


Following your neck lift, you will experience some swelling. For the first week, you should take off work and rest and avoid any strenuous activities. You can reduce your recovery time by following your plastic surgeon’s directions and taking care of your body, such as using a cold compress to help reduce swelling. By week two, you can begin to do normal activities and return to work, although you will experience swelling for multiple weeks or months.

If you’re interested in a neck lift to get rid of your turkey neck, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Dominic today by calling (813) 602-0491.

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