How you can get rid of ‘turkey neck’ without surgery

If you know what turkey neck is, then chances are you know how frustrating it can be. But what causes

If you know what turkey neck is, then chances are you know how frustrating it can be.

But what causes it and how can you can get rid of it?

Well, like any part of your body, your neck is supported by muscles that can weaken with age.

As your neck muscles weaken, your skin loses it’s support and begins to sag – and that’s when you get turkey neck. On top of that, your skin loses it’s elasticity, which is another common cause of loose skin on your neck.

So, you might be wondering what you can do to get rid of it?

It turns out it’s actually pretty simple.

All you need to do is exercise your neck!

Regular exercising of your neck will build your muscles, improve your circulation and make your neck look and feel firmer.

The first thing you need to do is strengthen your neck muscles. To do this, try laying on your back and slightly raising your head and neck off the ground. Turn your head gently from right to left and lay your head back down on the ground. You can repeat the exercise as often as you want, however it is important that you don’t jerk your neck. All your neck movements should be controlled and minimal.

You should feel the muscles on your neck working, but if you feel any pain you should stop immediately.  This exercise will help tighten the skin as your neck muscles build, reducing your folds and wrinkles.

Another way you can get rid of your turkey neck is by stretching and toning your neck muscles.

Try placing your hand, palms down, at the base of neck across your collar bones. Gently apply pressure with hand while tilting your head back slightly, stretching you neck as you go. It’s important you don’t tilt you head all the way back, instead try looking at a point on the ceiling slightly in front you – not above. As you do this, extend you bottom lip upwards so that it slightly covers your top lip. You should hold it for a few seconds and then repeat 10 times. Try swapping hands on your collar bones halfway through.

Do you have a turkey neck? Have you tried any exercises or stretches to get rid of it?

  1. Diana Hockley  

    Three and a half years ago I had a huge cancer operation on my neck which involved having my throat cut from the left ear, down to the base and up the centre to almost under my chin. Obviously, I had ugly ropes of scar tissue left, but I was grateful for my life and couldn’t care less about the scarring.

    However, two years ago, I lost my voice for two weeks – completely, no voice, no nothing. I galloped at high speed back to the surgeon, convinced that the cancer had come back and I was on my last legs – as you do! However, there was nothing to be seen. Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic finally diagnosed a virus in my vocal chords and I had to work to get my voice back.

    The main exercise for this to strengthen the throat muscles was to tilt my head back until the skin on my throat was tight as a drum. Then I had to drop my mouth wide open and then slowly close it up completely and hold shut for a few seconds. I had to do this five times every night (as well as breathing exercises).

    So for 2 years this is what I have done almost every night (I forgot a few times when I was on holidays!) in the shower with hot water warming up the muscles.

    Yes, I got my voice back – though sometimes it is a little scratchy – AND the scar tissue has practically GONE!!! Those ugly ropes of skin have flattened out and now I have small wrinkling and a thin scar, but NOTHING to what was there before!

    So, a side affect to be celebrated! And anyone can do it – you just have to be consistent and keep on doing it over a period of many months. 🙂

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