If the skin on your neck is not as tight as you would like and you are suffering from what's known as crepey neck or turkey neck, then don't worry. There are a number of ways to improve the appearance of loose or creased neck skin including exercises, creams, non-surgical treatments such as Thermage, Dermaroller and Laser Skin Resurfacing, or a surgical Neck Lift.
Comparison chart of crepey neck treatments
|Thermage||Dermaroller||Laser Resurfacing||Neck Lift|
|Results reported by users|
|Results reported by doctors|
|Average Cost||£1500+||£250+||£400+||£3,000 - £5,000|
|Recovery Time||None||24 hours||None||6 months +|
|Permanency||Up to 2 years||6 months||Permanent||Lengthy|
|Have you received this treatment?||Review Thermage||Review Dermaroller||Review Laser Resurfacing||Review Neck Lift|
|Find a Clinic||Thermage Clinics||Dermaroller Clinics||Laser Resurfacing Clinics||Neck Lift Clinics|
Remedies – exercises
Neck firming exercises – There are a variety of exercises recommended for tightening loose neck skin, designed to stimulate the production of the skin’s natural oils and lubricants:
- Whilst sitting upright and looking upward at the ceiling, begin a chewing motion. You should feel the muscles in your neck working.
- In the same position, pucker your lips and stretch upward as if you are trying to kiss the ceiling. Hold this for 10 seconds and then return to a normal position.
- Lying on a bed on your back, with your head hanging over the edge, slowly bring your head up towards your torso, mimicking the action of a sit-up. Try to hold this for 10 seconds.
Such exercises should be done every day if possible. It is not uncommon for spots or blemishes to appear temporarily until the skin is back to functioning effectively again.
Remedies – food
There are certain foods that can combat skin deterioration so it may be worth turning your attention away from the bathroom cabinet and focusing on the kitchen as our diet can play a big part in our appearance. Ensuring your diet is rich in minerals antioxidants, and vitamins found in vegetables, fruit, fish and nuts will help improve your skin. You can also boost your dietary nutrients by taking omega 3 fish oil supplement.
Food can also be beneficial in other ways. For example, tomato is rich in vitamins A and C which have skin-tightening qualities and encourage healthy skin. When applied to the skin it can have a positive effect. To try this:
- Liquidise a ripe, washed, pesticide-free tomato in a blender along with a peeled fresh cucumber.
- Stir in a half cup of fresh cream and mix.
- Using cotton balls, apply this to your neck and throat.
- After 30 minutes, use lukewarm water to splash off the mixture and then apply moisturising lotion if you wish.
Another food you may wish to consider is avocado, which contains antioxidant vitamins E, C and A, and is rich in pantothenic acid which is essential for healthy skin. This can be done by mashing up a ripe, peeled avocado and following the above instructions.
Remedies - creams
Skin-firming and neck-tightening creams are worth considering for people with moderate ‘creping’ around the neck. If banding or excessive looseness of neck skin is already an issue it is doubtful whether creams alone will improve matters, and a treatment (either surgical or non-surgical) may be necessary.
- Daily application of broad spectrum sunscreen can be a useful preventative measure when it comes to avoiding crepey neck.
- There is a wide array of skin-firming creams on the market, including specific neck-lift creams. Those claiming to boost collagen and elastin should be most beneficial.
- Night creams rich in Butter, CynergyTK, and Active Manuka Honey can improve the skin whilst you sleep.
- Be aware of the difference between neck-tightening skin cream and skin that is merely intended to moisturise, and purchase accordingly.
- Avoid using scented creams – fragrances can contain harmful ingredients and do not make the cream any more effective.
Remedies – non-surgical
There are a range of radio-frequency treatments available and one of the most common is Thermage. Radiofrequency (RF) energy is used to tighten loose skin on the face and body without the need for surgery or injections. The RF energy stimulates collagen helping to tighten skin. As the effects are gradual and there is no designated recovery time, many people see Thermage as a subtler alternative to Botox or laser surgery. Read full Thermage guide.
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Also known as ‘skin needling’, dermaroller reboots the regeneration process producing more collagen and in turn, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It does this by pricking the skin with tiny micro-medical needles, causing it to react as it would do to an injury. This penetration of the skin’s surface stimulates the regeneration and repair process, which leaves the skin looking smoother, younger and clearer. Read Full Dermaroller guide.
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Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser Skin Resurfacing refers to the use of fractional lasers to improve the surface of the skin. Although it cannot completely remove the unsightly skin it can improve its appearance and texture. The lasers are passed over the skin, creating small wounds in the process. The non-treated area around each wound heals, creating new collagen in the process. Multiple treatments may be required before the full benefits are noticeable. A common brand of laser treatment is currently Fraxel.
Carboxytherapy, also known as carbon dioxide therapy, co2 therapy or CDT, is a non-surgical beauty treatment used to rejuvenate the skin and reduce body fat. During the procedure, carbon dioxide is injected under the skin to restore blood circulation, encourage lymphatic drainage and promote healing. Full carboxytherapy guide.
Mesotherapy is a non-surgical treatment used on the face and body including the neck. The treatment works by restoring lost blood circulation, which improves lymphatic drainage and breaks down excess fat. Mesotherapy treatments are conducted by a medical practitioner, who injects the mesotherapy solution under the skin in quick succession. Read full Mesotherapy guide.
Microdermabrasion is a gentle exfoliating treatment that improves the complexion of the skin. It is a less invasive treatment than dermabrasion, as it only penetrates the superficial layers. Microdermabrasion is more commonly used on the face, but it can be applied to almost any part of the body, such as the neck, back, arms, hands and legs. Read full microdermabrasion guide.
Remedies – surgical
Whilst laser skin resurfacing can improve the appearance of crepey skin, for people with excess fat, deep lines (known as ‘banding’) or ‘crepey neck’, the most effective treatment may be a neck lift (platysmaplasty) or an iGuide Neck Lift (trampoline neck lift). There are several variations available, and as with any invasive surgery it is important to research it thoroughly in advance, especially as the recovery can be lengthy. Read more.
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- Exposure to sunlight can cause collagen (the protein that keeps our skin looking tight and youthful) to break down. Years of exposure to sunlight can take their toll and our skin can start to sag and wrinkle. Although crepey skin can appear on various parts of the body such as the underarms and legs, it is usually most noticeable on the neck.
- Smoking can intensify skin damage as nicotine reduces the skin’s oxygenated blood supply, further restricting collagen production.
- The neck is also creased by regular head and neck movements.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your neck don’t despair – there are lots of options available. The most suitable will be determined by the extent of the loose skin, and also by your financial situation, as some surgical treatments can be expensive.