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How to Get Rid of Your Turkey Neck

Middle-aged women are forgotten about by retailers. I offer help with clothing choices, skincare, and healthy eating for the mature woman.


What is a Turkey Neck

Do you suffer with a turkey neck? It is one of the most visible signs of aging as our neck begins to resemble that of a turkey's. The skin seems to hang and in time may turn not just to deep wrinkles but layers of hanging flesh. You may be resigned to thinking there isn't anything you can do to correct it and will just have to live with it or hide it. These are of course options but there are other things which you can do which will help in the appearance or disguise of it.

Neck Scarves

You can of course hide it,there are scarves which can be worn year round. These range from elegant evening attire to everyday casual styles. There is everything from thick wintertime scarves to sheer silk ones which can be a beautiful accessory to any wardrobe.

Not only are they covering your problem area, they are keeping it from being exposed to the elements such as sun, wind, and other environmental conditions which can accelerate the problem.

Avoid Necklaces and Chokers

The use of chokers and necklaces will draw attention to this area which you are trying to hide. Great cascades of chains or necklaces give the appearance of a drawn pulled down neck, best to avoid these unless your neck is covered with clothing such as a turtleneck.

Avoid necklaces

Avoid necklaces

Turtlenecks, Roll Necks and Mock Turtlenecks

High neck clothing such as turtlenecks are a great way to hide the loose skin around your neck. There are of course 'mock turtlenecks' which don't fold over. If you don't like the feeling of all the material around your neck, this may be an option better suited to you. These come in a variety of fabrics from chunky knits to thin cotton/blends and can be as thick or sheer as you wish. These aren't only for winter though as you can buy high-necked shells which work great under a lightweight suit.

Surgical Options Saggy Neck Skin

If you and your doctor agree, there are of course surgical options to remove the loose skin. This would be the lifting and tightening of the skin and the removal of fat tissue. This will leave you with scars behind the ears. This type of surgery will vary in price but a ballpark figure is around $10,000.

If your condition doesn't warrant going under the knife, you could opt for laser treatment of the area. Your doctor can advise you who is qualified to perform this type of procedure.

Keep Moisturized & Hydrated

There are other ways to help a neck with loose sagging skin. Keep it moisturized. The look of wrinkles is accentuated if the skin is dry. Applying a moisturizer will keep it supple and reduce the appearance of lines. Avoid putting make-up on your neck as this may fold into the creases and make your neck look worse. Before bed, apply your favorite night-time moisturizer. These are usually thicker than the version you apply during the day.

By doing this you aren't removing the wrinkles merely plumping up the skin. Think of a grape and a raisin, the difference is merely a lack of moisture.

Drinking ample water to keep yourself hydrated and your body functioning as it should will also help the condition of your skin and overall health.

Check your Posture

Check your posture when sitting or standing. If you allow yourself to slouch you will notice that your skin sags everywhere. By keeping your head erect, your shoulders back you will help lengthen the look of your neck.

If you work at a desk, try to ensure it is at a suitable height so you aren't required to lean forward. If you work on a laptop, try raising it so that the screen is eye level. Most will allow a USB keyboard to be connected so you type at a comfortable level whilst maintaining the correct posture.

Enjoy the sun wisely

Enjoy the sun wisely

Causes of Sagging Neck Skin

The causes of sagging neck skin are varied and some may apply to you and others not. Aging is of course the main cause. Ladies, there is no getting away from it. The elasticity of our skin becomes less and as such begins to hang.

Excessive sun: We all enjoy the sun and it of course is necessary for the body's production of vitamin D. That said, too much can lead to skin damage and this shows up where the skin is always exposed. The use of sunbeds too will compound this problem. Young people often claim, “Who is going to care if I have saggy skin when I'm 80”. The truth is, often it can be in the mid 30's that skin damage begins to show signs of damage from sun exposure.

Many light daytime moisturizers have a sunscreen in them opting for one of these can help stave off the potential worsening effects to your neck area.

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Weight loss: If you have reduced your weight you may experience excess skin which, because of the lack of elasticity hasn't sprung back. Depending on your age, the skin may never become as firm as you hope. There are medical procedures you can have performed which will eliminate some of the excess skin. A face and neck lift are options.

Smoking: If you smoke it not only affects your lungs, it also takes its toll on your skin. It is often thought that the wrinkles around the mouth are due to smoking but the chemicals in cigarettes rob your entire body of necessary vitamins and minerals and put a strain on your cells. Without sufficient nourishment, the cell walls begin to weaken.

Avoiding Turkey Neck

Taking vitamin E will help keep the skin supple and retain some of the elasticity.

Hormones. Use of the hormones such as those in birth control pills and hormone replacement can aid in the suppleness of your skin. Speak with your doctor to see if this is an option for you.

Weather: If you live in a cold climate you will know that the cold and wind can whip moisture out of your skin. This is then coupled with going into a house or building that is heated with dry heat. All of this is sucking the life out of your skin. Of course not everyone is going to opt to move to the tropics, but you can take precautions in your own home by keeping a level of moisture in the air. This can be done with a humidifier or even with plants in your home.


It is easy to become fixated on a problem with our bodies but remember that aging is something which happens to us all.

The choice lies with all of us whether we choose to do anything about it and if so, how much are we prepared to do and spend. I am sure we have all seen women who are in their 70's and beyond with skin which looks paper thin due to it being pulled tight several times. I think we have to stop and ask ourselves, which looks worse, someone who looks their age or someone who is trying to look younger at all costs.

There is a definite look in people who have taken care of themselves through diet, exercise, and positive lifestyle choices which reflects in not only their skin but in their sense of self confidence they have.

In a society in which youth is revered it is difficult for some to accept the signs of aging.

© 2014 Mary Wickison


Mary Wickison (author) from USA on July 15, 2015:

Hi Mona,

I agree, in the tropics we have to be a little more creative. Covering it also has the added benefit of sun protection as well.

Thanks for reading.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on July 14, 2015:

I have an uber turkey neck and your suggestions are most useful. I like the scarf and turtleneck ideas. In a tropical country like the Philippines, a turtleneck can be made of cool material with halter sleeves. Thanks so much!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 20, 2015:

I suspect the fine weather you have in Scotland has helped prevent turkey neck. The sun is one of the worst things for it.

You are so right, prevention is better than a cure.

Thanks for stopping by.

Colin Garrow from Inverbervie, Scotland on June 19, 2015:

I don’t think I’ve quite got a turkey neck just yet, but I’ll certainly be trying some of these exercises - I used to do a couple of these stretches a few years ago but got out of the habit of it – prevention better than cure, I think. Great Hub, voted up.

Kate Swanson from Sydney on July 20, 2014:

I'm lucky, at 60 I have almost no wrinkles (only laugh lines when I smile) - but I've got sag. Hollows under my eyes and sagging skin under my chin - i.e. turkey neck. I hate it! I've been told by dermatologists that moisturising won't do anything to reduce the sag, exercises are my only hope unless I'm willing to have surgery. I guess I need to get stuck into the exercising!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on May 09, 2014:

I have never tried to stick out my neck for photos, good tip! LOL

Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for reading.

Kathy Henderson from Pa on May 08, 2014:

Ah, so true the turkey wiggle is a bear, LOL. Ladies practicing to pose with neck protruding to firm the sag for a photo, all the while we laugh at our antics, it remains a real issue. Nice article and great tips.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on May 08, 2014:

I'm back again to remind myself to use plenty of night cream. I also find that using steam helps to keep the skin from wrinkling because it adds moisture to the area. Great information. Voted up and more and will share.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on May 07, 2014:

Hi Peggy

Some days I think are worse than others, I find. I like your plan of attack. Thanks for the votes.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 07, 2014:

Aging definitely does change our appearance! I think I will take the moisturizing route and staying hydrated and just gobble along when that time comes. Ha! Up and useful votes.

Hady Chahine from Manhattan Beach on May 06, 2014:

Vanity! I love it, because we all fret over it...both men and women. Alright, before stumbling across your hub I hadn't given my side profile look much thought. But, considering the subject matter, my age, and a general interest to maintain a quasi youthful appearance I accept several of your recommendations as rational options to the taboo decision of surgery. ;

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 06, 2014:

I liked the several ways you have outlined to combat turtle neck, Blond but I'd prefer to exercise to keep the fat out and the skin taut longer. also keeping the skin moisturized so that the wrinkles are less visible.

Great hub! Voted up and interesting. Shared.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on May 02, 2014:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Of course she will, that's what they do.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 02, 2014:

OMG, now I'm going to be checking for signs of this! I'm sure my daughter will clue me in early.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on February 17, 2014:

Hi Nell,

If you do a hub about your facial exercises, let me know and I will put a link on here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on February 17, 2014:

Me too, every night. We'll keep the ol' turkey neck at bay!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on February 17, 2014:

Hi Vocal Coach,

It is funny that you mentioned your mother. Every photo I have taken, I think I look more and more like mine.

Glad you enjoyed the article.

Nell Rose from England on February 16, 2014:

lol! love the title and picture! I would use scarves, but I do facial exercises all the time, and so far, fingers crossed, I don't have that turkey neck...well I don't think so! lol!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on February 16, 2014:

I moisturize...and moisturize...and moisturize. Gobble, gobble.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on February 16, 2014:

Gobble-gobble! My mother had the classic turkey neck. I'm at the age now where I'm hoping she didn't hand me her genes :) Good read and thanks, Audrey.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on February 16, 2014:

Hi Teaches,

I think acceptance is the best road in the long run. Maybe it is just that we are shrinking and the skin begins to resemble a concertina. LOL That is a scary thought.

Thanks for your vote and share.

Dianna Mendez on February 16, 2014:

I am beginning to see this and hope to keep it at bay for awhile with lotions. After that, scarves, jewelry, and at the last -- just accept it! Great post. Voted up and sharing.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on February 13, 2014:

I agree, I can't see myself ever opting for surgery either.

If you believed everything you read in the papers, everyone is getting this or that lifted, tightened or injected. It is nice to see a bit of the balance in the argument.

I do hate to see women in the 60's who dress like their granddaughters.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ann Carr from SW England on February 13, 2014:

Yes, past 60 we all have to cope with some degree of a turtle neck. I'm trying to age gracefully and I wouldn't even consider surgery as I'm a firm believer in 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'; too many things can go wrong. Besides, it gives us character!! I do use moisturiser day and night as it not only keeps the skin softer but also gives it a glow and protects it from sun and wind. The main thing for me is that so many look like mutton dressed as lamb, clothes- and body-wise!

Great hub with good advice. Ann

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on February 10, 2014:

Hi Bill,

Well the title was supposed to reach out and make an impression and I guess it did.

It is funny, I never really thought about turkey necks in association with men. Perhaps men are like wine, getting better with age.

Thanks for reading.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 10, 2014:

Well, the title was quite funny even if it wasn't meant to be; hey, I have a strange sense of humor. As for turkey neck, now that I am older I am seeing this as a real possibility in the near future...thus I read this with interest. :)

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