Aging can be a major drag on self-confidence. A number of markers point out the inevitable aging process, one the most prominent of which is the appearance of a wrinkled and sagging neck. One of the slang terms for droopy dangling neck tissue is “turkey neck” or “wattle.” The good news is there are several ways to cosmetically improve this problem.
Dr. Carlos Wolf, a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in the Napa and Miami area in Florida, in his article published in Napavalleyregister.Com, noted that there are a number of solutions to getting rid of an unsightly wrinkled neck.
Having a wrinkly neck may stem from a variety of bodily changes, and it is therefore important to identify and address such factors appropriately to achieve the desired look.
Dry skin is a common cause of an unattractive neck. A number of home remedies may provide a healthier, younger looking neck. Using a homemade scrub that can remove the superficial layer of dead cells promotes a fresher looking layer of skin. This scrub can be made from sugar, which are said to be effectively exfoliate. Sugar granules are rounded, which limits undue damage to the skin. The sugar granules are usually combined with a carrier medium to help facilitate distribution over the skin; in most cases honey is used. Skin care experts note that exfoliation should not be done daily and is advised to be limited to about once or twice a week to prevent excessive abrasion and drying out of the skin.
Compounds rich in vitamin c when applied to the skin of the neck may also help give a younger look. Common items found at home can be used as sources of vitamin c rich solutions, such as lemons or lime. Once extracted, the acidic solution may be used as a compress applied over the desired skin area by using a small piece of cloth. This compress delivers the acidic solution effectively and aims to tighten the skin as help facilitate the production of new cells. This technique works best after the skin has been exfoliated using a facial scrub such as one described previously.
Moisture plays a key role in providing a healthy glow of the skin. A multitude of items found in your home can help restore a fresh look by hydrating dry areas of the neck. Buttermilk does not only remove dead cells [because of its lactic acid content] but also provides hydration. Shea butter contains high amounts of vitamin A, which is said to support the natural fat content of skin cells in the uppermost layer. Olive oil, which has been used since ancient times, contains a compound called linoleic acid. This compound helps prevent the loss of moisture in the skin.
Aside from the appearance of the skin of the neck, muscles that give its form may be targeted for a younger looking neck. Excessive movement of the neck can result to “cords” which give the neck a wrinkly look. BOTOX has been implicated to effective in reducing these cords in the neck. However, the use of BOTOX for this indication is yet to be FDA approved and is currently utilized as an off-label effect. As with the other areas of the face, the effect of BOTOX in the neck area is temporary and should be administered every 3 to 6 months. Other approached to tightening the neck reportedly include the use of ultrasound, thermal, and laser energy.
More permanent approaches in remedying the wrinkly neck involve skin tightening methods using laser technology in addition to having liposuction or a neck lift. As we age the skin presents with more fat and loose collagen in the neck, and a combination of a liposuction and a neck lift may be suitably to address both issues. Patients that will undergo neck lift will have incisions done under their chin and behind ears, which would allow access of the platysma [neck muscle] and fat. The surgeon would then remove excess fat deposits and tighten the neck muscle. Once done, skin shall be repositioned over the neck. This procedure may take two to three hours, and may vary depending on the desired outcome.
To be properly advised on the best approach to a better looking neck, Dr. Wolf reminds readers to consult your doctor or specialist before partaking in any cosmetic alteration procedure.