Can Texting Cause “Turkey Neck?”

As convenient as smartphones may be, constantly craning your neck down to check your text messages and play games on your mobile device could contribute to the dreaded “turkey neck.” If the skin on your neck is starting to develop the loose, floppy appearance that resembles that of a turkey, it might be time to think about getting a neck and facelift from our San Diego practice.

The Turkey Neck Solution

Of course, it takes more than a few too many games of Angry Birds on your phone to cause loose and drooping neck skin to appear. The real culprits are the muscles in the neck and lower face, which lose their strength and firmness over time and start to sag. This structural sagging causes the layers of skin and fat in the lower face and neck to hang more loosely as well, and wrinkles develop as a result. If left untreated, the neck skin will continue migrating slowly south, contributing to premature aging throughout the lower face.

A neck lift or combined neck and facelift can restore a more youthful appearance to your neck and jowl area. During surgery, I retighten lax muscles and then remove excess skin and fat from the neck and jawline. The result is a smoother, younger looking lower face and slimmer neck.

If you’re troubled by the signs of aging throughout your lower face, it might be time to come in for a consultation. As much as we all love turkeys at Thanksgiving time, no one should have to worry about resembling one the rest of the year.

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