"Turkey Neck?" Try Botox

Turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving table, and it can be delicious. But when you look in the mirror, you really don't want to find that your own neck resembles that of a turkey. Unfortunately, sometimes as you age, the skin on your neck starts to sag and certain muscles in your neck become more obvious, creating a look that is commonly described as "turkey neck." But don't worry — you don't have to go on looking like this! Botox injections are actually a fairly common and effective choice for reducing the appearance of a so-called "turkey neck."

How do Botox shots fix turkey neck?

To understand how Botox fixes the sagging skin on your neck, you first need a basic understanding of how Botox works. The shots contain a nerve toxin formed by botulinum bacteria. This nerve toxin basically keeps the muscles it is injected into from contracting; it maintains them in a relaxed state. Muscles take up more space and are much smoother when they are relaxed. Therefore, when Botox is injected into the muscle beneath the skin, it gives that skin a smoother, plumper appearance. Usually, Botox is used in this way to get rid of wrinkles. However, it can also be used to reduce more dramatic lines and folds, such as those associated with turkey neck.

What happens when you get Botox for turkey neck?

Usually, if you want Botox for your neck, you will get the shots at a dermatologist's office or at a medical spa. When you sit down in the chair, your practitioner will apply a numbing gel to your neck, which will ease the pain of the injections. Once the gel takes action, your practitioner will give you several shots in the long muscles that rise up your neck. This whole process takes about 15 minutes. After a brief observation period, you can go home.

What results can you expect?

For a day or two after your shots, you can expect your neck to be a little swollen and sore, but these symptoms will soon fade. You'll then notice that your skin looks plumper and your muscles are not as obvious in your neck. Most patients need a new round of Botox every three months or so to maintain this look.

If you're tired of seeing a turkey neck in the mirror, call a dermatologist and make an appointment for Botox. It's an easy procedure that can yield great results.