Turkey Neck is a term that is often used to describe the loose hanging folds of skin that occur with aging.   For those of us in Tampa, the sagging skin around the neck can be brought on prematurely as a result of the harsh sun and constant exposure to the elements.   Unlike our Northern friends, it is difficult to hide this evidence of aging behind a scarf or turtle neck but there are ways to prevent Turkey Neck or restore the neck with the Simplicity Neck Lift.turkey neck

The dreaded turkey neck is formed because our skin loses collagen and elastin as we age.  Over time, the elastic properties of our skin gives way as our skin dries out and begins to pull away from the underlying muscle tissue.  Once this process is underway, gravity takes hold and the delicate skin of the neck begins to drape and sag.  Fat pockets will accumulate around the lower jaw which will create the appearance of jowls and make us look both older and heavier.  Horizontal or vertical bands will also form along the neck which draws even more attention to an area that most want to hide.

Prevent Turkey Neck:

To prevent turkey neck from appearing, it is important to take some precautionary measures.   One of the best ways to avoid premature wrinkling is to stay out of the sun or wear a high SPF sunscreen every time you venture outside.    Sun damage is one of the key factors that accelerate the aging process.  Another way to hold off the damage is to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water every day and make sure that you eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables.

Other habits to avoid include smoking and drinking an excessive amount of alcohol.  Both smoking and alcohol use will dry out the skin and speed the arrival of wrinkles on the neck.   Maintaining a healthy weight will also help because any excess fat will gather in the neck, jaw and facial tissue which allows gravity to do further damage to skin that has lost its elasticity.

Wearing a moisturizer at night can also help to maintain the moisture in the skin tissue and help stave off the aging process for a while.  According to Dr. Jasin of the Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, one of the best neck care products on the market is Nectifirm by Revision.  “This peptide-rich neck cream dramatically lessens neck wrinkles, reduces double chin and firms up sagging tissue.  We carry it at our office because it is one of the few products that works well to firm up the skin on the neck.”

Reverse Turkey Neck:

For people who have advanced turkey neck, sagging skin and jowls, there is a solution to restore the neck to its former youthful appearance.  The Simplicity Neck Lift is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that will tighten the skin of the neck and restore the proper angle between the neck and the jaw.  The Simplicity Neck Lift was pioneered by Dr. Michael Jasin, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, in order to rejuvenate the neck with minimal downtime and recovery.

The procedure involves a small incision made under the chin to allow the doctor to tighten the skin and underlying platysma muscle which will remove wrinkles and banding in the neck.  Sometimes facial liposuction is recommended to eliminate any extra pockets of fat to reduce the appearance of jowls.  When completed, the improved angle of the neck and jaw will make the patient look years younger, and often pounds lighter.  If you are interested in learning more about whether the Simplicity Neck Lift is right for you, please contact the Elite Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary consultation.

The Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility under the direction of Dr. Michael Jasin. Dr. Jasin is a highly respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience. The medical team is highly trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and injectable procedures. Call (813) 975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information www.JasinFacial.com.

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