How to Get Rid of Your Turkey Neck

When your neck muscles weaken and your skin loses elasticity, it hangs in loose, wrinkled folds, drawing unflattering comparisons to a turkey’s neck. While exercising your aging neck muscles can firm them, it won’t change your skin’s condition. If you want to improve your appearance and look younger, Dr. George Landis offers multiple treatments to address your concerns. Some are minimally invasive, meaning they don’t involve extensive surgery. Others employ small incisions and subtle adjustments for life-changing neck contouring results.

What Are Some Minimally Invasive Treatments for Neck Wrinkles?

You may be an excellent candidate for these remedies based on your age, skin type, and the severity of your cosmetic issues. Dr. Landis specializes in facial treatments and can help you determine which therapies will prove successful.


Do you notice those horizontal wrinkles lining your neck? BOTOX® for neck rejuvenation is beneficial for improving jawline contours and enhancing neck appearance. It is the gold standard for non-surgical wrinkle reduction, while simultaneously targeting underlying muscles. It relaxes neck muscles that pull down your jawline, refining it.

BOTOX® injections can subtly reverse sagging jowls, reduce fine lines, and minimize wrinkles.

Dermal Fillers

Various dermal fillers are available to address sagging skin and neck issues. These non-surgical products offer immediately noticeable benefits and have specific formulations for different parts of the body.

A filler comprised of a modified version of biocompatible hyaluronic acid is optimal for loose, wrinkled neck skin. An HA filler gradually tightens skin and reduces creases and sagging. Juvéderm is one of these fillers, offering benefits that last up to two years.

Facial Fat Transfer

Refined techniques enable skilled surgeons to minimize facial wrinkles and add volume to your neck and face by transferring fat cells from donor sites where you have extra. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Landis offers facial fat transfer or facial fat grafting, a revolutionary rejuvenation procedure. During this procedure, Dr. Landis carefully removes fat from a place on your body with liposuction and injects it into your neck, face, or both. Many patients prefer this natural alternative to dermal fillers.

Can Exercises Help Reduce the Appearance of a Turkey Neck?

Typical characteristics of aging that become increasingly apparent on the neck include:

Fat accumulation, resulting in sagging skin and heavy jowls

Puffiness under the chin from fatty deposits

Loose neck skin

Muscle banding

You may not be able to stop the clock, but there are always ways to alleviate the effects of time. Some people turn to targeted exercises to restore their necks to a more youthful contour. As with all muscles, the neck responds well to exercise. When you consistently do specific moves, it can improve tone and blood circulation. However, neck exercises cannot eliminate excess skin, a significant concern for many. That’s when you should consider a customized facelift surgery with a focus on neck skin tightening.

For some people, a tiny incision concealed beneath the chin allows Dr. Landis to surgically manipulate neck bands for a smoothing effect. Depending on your needs, Dr. Landis will determine if it is necessary to extend the incisions behind your ears to eliminate a turkey neck. Dr. Landis is meticulous in his approach to incision placement and sutures to create ideal results after healing.

How Does Neck Liposuction Eliminate a Turkey Neck?

If you have a double chin, you already know how frustrating it can be. This stubborn fat deposit is unlikely to respond to diet and exercise, and it is challenging to hide with clothing. Adding neck and chin liposuction to your tailored surgical plan can produce stunning results by creating more definition between your jawline and neck.

How Can a Facelift Enhance Neck Contours?

Tightening cheeks and jowls is impossible without also addressing neck muscles. When localized fat deposits conceal your neck and create the appearance of a double chin, Dr. Landis can remove these with liposuction. He can also address prominent muscle banding that makes you look older or heavier.

The promise of minimally invasive treatment may be appealing to people with busy schedules who aren’t willing to commit to post-surgical downtime. However, if you are experiencing significant sagging and drooping, excess neck skin removal is the only way to create aesthetically pleasing outcomes. Ask Dr. Landis about your treatment plan and whether you are a good candidate for surgery.

What Is the Recovery Process Like After a Minneapolis Facelift?

A Minneapolis facelift/neck lift is an outpatient surgery. After you wake up, we will send you home with detailed aftercare instructions, including how to take care of your incisions and when to return for follow-up appointments. You may have swelling and bruising for approximately 10 days to two weeks, and incision lines will gradually fade to match your skin tone. Patients report tightness and tingling for up to one month after the procedure. Most of our patients have healed enough to return to work and social activities and resume gentle exercise in one to two weeks.

You’ll achieve your maximum benefits within three to six months after surgery, when swelling has diminished and soft tissues have healed.

What Are Some Tips for Caring for Your Skin After a Face and Neck Lift?

After cosmetic surgery, Dr. Landis recommends these helpful skin care hints to maintain a youthful complexion and radiant glow.


Without pressing or pulling, moisten your skin with a mild antibacterial cleaner on a soft cloth to help minimize scarring. Then, ask Dr. Landis about applying a small amount of peroxide and a thin layer of antibacterial ointment.


Keeping your skin moisturized, especially around the incisions, will reduce your risk of itching as you heal.

Avoid the Sun

Avoid excessive sun exposure to prevent the incision lines from darkening. Wear an SPF 30 sunscreen or higher when outdoors.

Go Easy on the Makeup

Before applying makeup, take care to ensure your incisions have closed altogether. Getting makeup in an open wound can cause an infection and increase your recovery time.

Eat Nutritious Foods

Drink clear liquids during the days following your surgery, and include plenty of proteins in your diet. Avoid skipping meals, which can affect your healing process.

To avoid constipation, be sure to eat a high-fiber diet with lots of whole, unprocessed fruits and vegetables. Though water is the best option for hydration, you can consume other drinks containing vitamins and minerals if they are low in sugar.

Give Your Skin Time to Heal

Most patients are happy to return to their daily routines soon after surgery. However, your facelift results depend on ample healing time. Though you may be eager to reveal your new look, give yourself sufficient downtime to recover.

Consider Getting Complementary Procedures

You can prolong your neck treatment results with the excellent skin care treatments and medical-grade products available at our office.

Can Lifestyle Changes Help Prevent or Improve a Turkey Neck?

Fat pads beneath the jawline make us look older or heavier. A routine that includes nutrition, fitness and neck-specific skin care products can improve your overall skin health and resilience. If you choose aesthetic medicine later, your lifestyle choices will ensure outstanding results.

Some say that neck muscle exercises help soften a turkey neck, but not much scientific evidence supports neck exercises for aesthetic purposes.

How Can You Find the Right Provider for Turkey Neck Treatments?

Board-certified plastic surgeons are the best medical professionals for treating or removing your turkey neck. Choose one with a long track record of safety with patients who have achieved their desired outcome.

If you have any questions or concerns about your desired procedure, Dr. Landis encourages you to call his office for a facelift consultation. Education is the cornerstone of his patient care philosophy. Our entire team is here to answer all your questions and help you confidently decide about your cosmetic treatment plan.Contact our plastic surgeon Dr. Landis today at (952) 562-5940 to learn more or to schedule an in-office visit.

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