Get Rid of Turkey Neck: At-Home Solutions

Turkey neck, neck waddle, sagging neck... Whatever you call it - at some point we all get it, and we all hate it!

I'll show you how I firmed-up my saggy neck skin using exercises and massages and show you how well my neck skin firmed up over the course of 8 months.

What's the worst part of a turkey neck? You can’t fix it with makeup, you can’t hide it with jewelry, clothes, or hair, and there are no quick non-surgical procedures.

However, there are natural, inexpensive at-home remedies to improve the look of droopy or sagging neck skin.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have lots loose hanging skin on the neck and jowls, at-home remedies will probably never give you that super tight look of a surgical neck lift. Especially if you're looking for a sharp neck and jawline. But improvements can be made.

How to tighten neck skin

Not only do we have to deal with a saggy turkey neck, but many of us have issues with rings/wrinkles around our necks, or dry, crêpy, parchment-like skin. So we need a two-pronged approach to solve these problems:

1. Build up muscles in the face and front of the neck with facial exercises.

2. Massage the skin to smooth out lines, wrinkles and crêpy skin.

Why Facial Exercises for a Firmer Neck? It's important to understand that in order to firm up loose skin on the neck, you have to exercise the whole face and neck to create a good solid facial foundation first because all facial muscles are interconnected.

Facial Muscles are Interconnected

All the muscles from your scalp to your upper chest are interconnected. So trying to firm only the sagging muscles of your neck won't work very well. 

It's important to engage, exercise, and firm-up all 57 muscles of the face and neck to establish a good foundation.

Then you, if you still need more work on your neck area, can add extra focus to your neck (using bonus exercises which I'll show you later down the page) to firm it up even further.

And, the beauty of improving all the underlying face and neck muscles is that you'll also address other aging facial issues like:

  • sagging cheeks
  • nasolabial folds
  • marionette lines
  • puffy eyes
  • droopy eyebrows

You'd be surprised how one group of muscles actually help lift and firm other surrounding areas of the face and neck. 

For example, did you know that certain jowl and neck exercises can also help firm sagging nasolabial folds and some exercises can even help lift hooded, puffy eyelids! Who knew?

But, back to that dread turkey neck... 

My neck tightening procedures

Here is what I did to help firm up that turkey neck wattle:

1. Start with a basic Face and Neck Exercise workout

I tried many exercise programs but didn't like them because they're too hard, confusing, or too time-consuming. Years ago, I found Carolyn's Facial Fitness (CFF) and loved it and have been using it ever since. Chose a workout program you like and will be able to stick with. Then get into the habit of performing a complete facial exercise program every week. 

2. Stick with it!

Don't stop and start the exercises, or pick and choose only the ones you like.

Do the whole program (which takes 15 minutes) about 3-5 times a week, every week. Later when you achieve the results you want, you only need to do them about 1-2 times a month for maintenance.

Once you start to see results (usually in about 8 weeks) you'll be so motived, it won't be hard to discipline yourself to do them... Trust me! :-) 

Below is a sample of the complete Carolyn's Facial Fitness (CFF) workout. Note that exercise 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 all address the neck area.

Click here or on the chart to see the interactive muscle movement. This will take you to CFF page where the interactive muscle chart resides.

3. Take Pictures

Continue with the weekly face exercise/neck program and take pictures weekly to track your progress. This is important because in the first 4-6 weeks you won't see much difference in the mirror, but your pictures will pick up on the slightest changes. This will keep you motivated to continue.

Before and after pictures show how the exercises really help tighten neck skin.

Note about before and after neck pictures: Make sure to take pictures at the same time of day, in the same place each time. This gives the best comparison.

4. OPTIONAL - Add Bonus Neck Exercises

This is optional, but some people might need/want additional improvements after doing the basic face & neck exercises. 

After about 4-6 months I saw significant improvements in my whole face and neck. But I felt I could firm-up my turkey neck even more. That's when Carolyn (owner and creator of the CFF program) advised that I add the following exercise to my weekly routine:

The Neck Ring Eraser - Click here to see all 3 steps to this workout.

Neck Ring Eraser. Courtesy of Carolyn’s Facial Fitness, LLC™

Another Neck Bonus exercise that is especially good at reducing cording and helps firm the double chin area is called The Brush... Click here to view that video.

A word about bonus or isometric neck exercises 

Since everyone is different this might be all you need to get your turkey neck firmed up. But, some might need more firming. I saw significant changes to my neck in only 8 weeks, but I still needed more and that's why I added the bonus exercise.

The bonus neck exercise only take a few minutes a week! But the beauty of this workout is that it address the underlying neck muscle - the platysma muscle - and helps thicken and smooth the neck skin which helps address those pesky neck rings.

Don't spot train neck muscles

After seeing my results posted on this page, many women asked for specific neck exercises to help fix a sagging or wrinkled neck.

Basically, they wanted to just "spot train" a certain area and forget the whole face workout. But this is a bad idea for several reasons.

  • First - Regardless of what area of the face bothers you today - as you age - other areas will begin to show signs of aging too. As Deborah Crowely, creator of FlexEffect Facial Resistance Training states"You may want to put emphasis on an area that concerns you, but do refrain from spot building (targeting an area exclusively). In time all areas will concern you."
  • Second - Since the muscles of the face and neck are interconnected, spot training - at the very least is not effective. At the very worse you risk the chance of looking imbalanced or overbuilt. 

How to choose a face and neck exercise program

How to Find a Facial Workout Program

How do you find a facial workout program that's right for you? Visit several different facial workout websites and look for the following features:

  • See if they offer sample exercises. If so, try a few to determine if this is something you'll enjoy doing or will have the time to do it. Some workout programs are longer than others.
  • See if they offer online support or Skype classes. This can be very helpful if you're having a problem understanding how to do a certain workout correctly.
  • Try contacting the owner of the program to see the level of customer service you can expect. If they don't respond within a few days, move on!
  • See if they offer advanced or updated exercises. Workout programs that are updated periodically is an indication that they're testing new facial workout routines and/or are to keep up with current research. This means they'll be able to offer you the latest exercises or advanced exercises for stubborn or problem areas.

Carolyn's Facial Fitness FREE Sample Exercises

Additional  Information

Neck Wrinkles - See how to reduce them.

Sagging Neck - What causes the neck to sag over time?


References:

CROWLEY, D., ed. The FlexEffect, Facial Resistance Training. FlexEffect Publishing Eureka, CA. 1998,1999.




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