Loose skin on the neck is often one of the first signs of aging that we notice. It generally occurs due to prolonged sun damage, weight fluctuations, and of course: getting older. A balanced diet and a skin care routine can only do so much to maintain a youthful appearance. So if you’re wondering how to tighten loose skin on neck, you’re in the right place. Below, we list plenty of surgical and non-surgical skin tightening techniques that can help you feel confident and beautiful again.

If you’re looking to go under the knife or needle in order to tighten the skin, make an appointment with Dr. Daneshmand by calling 949-359-8397 today.

What Causes Loose Neck Skin?

For many people, sagging neck skin (also known as turkey neck or a double chin) is one of the first signs of aging. Weight loss, age, and sun exposure are the most common causes of sagging skin on the neck. More specifically though, turkey neck occurs gradually as skin elasticity decreases. Most people notice the first signs of turkey neck after age 40.

Procedures That Can Tighten Loose Neck Skin

There are plenty of surgical procedures that can tighten the skin on the neck. We discuss the most common treatment options for turkey neck below. Be sure to schedule an appointment with board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Daneshmand, to determine which procedure will be best for you and your aesthetic goals.

Neck Lift

A neck lift is an effective, yet invasive, way to tighten sagging neck skin. This is how the surgical procedure works: Dr. Daneshmand will make incisions behind the ears and under the chin. Then, he will liposuction excess fat out of the jowls, chin, and neck if necessary. Next, Dr. Daneshmand may lift and tighten the neck muscles (platysma muscles), if necessary. Lastly, he will stitch up the incisions.

Vertical Restore Facelift

A vertical restore facelift – also known as a superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) facelift – targets skin laxity in the lower two-thirds of the face. So this procedure works by tightening neck skin and the jowls.

Dr. Daneshmand will begin by making incisions behind the ears and hairline. He will then release all the ligaments in the lower two-thirds of the face and neck so that he can pull them up at a vertical vector. Next, he’ll lift all the sagging muscle and tissues and suture them in place. Lastly, he’ll close up the incisions.

A vertical restore facelift generally creates tighter skin in the neck area as well as a more youthful appearance.

Laser Treatment

Laser treatments – such as CO2 laser resurfacing – are great options for sagging skin, wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, stretch marks, and so much more. Laser resurfacing on the face and neck can stimulate collagen production, and therefore, create tighter and more youthful skin. You may need to undergo multiple sessions to see noticeable results.


Microneedling is another minimally invasive option that can tighten neck skin. Similarly to laser treatment, microneedling works by creating collagen and elastin production in the skin. New collagen production can tighten skin, reduce wrinkles, heal acne scars, and more.


Ultrasound therapy (ultherapy) is known as one of the best alternatives to a facelift or a necklift. The FDA approved ultherapy in 2009 for a nonsurgical brow lift, nonsurgical neck and chin lift, and for chest wrinkles.

Ultherapy works by stimulating collagen formation in the treatment area. Again, collagen can create youthful neck and facial skin.

Botox Injections

Botox is a great option for all your aging-related concerns. It can greatly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging almost anywhere in the body. Injecting Botox into the “problem areas” on the neck can relax the neck muscles, which can combat wrinkled and sagging neck skin.

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Non-Surgical Ways to Tighten Loose Neck Skin

There are also plenty of natural ways to improve elasticity in the skin on your neck and face. Below, we list some of the best ways to combat turkey neck if you’re not quite ready to go under the knife (or the needle).

Skin Care

A regular skin care routine is possibly the best way to preserve your youth for as long as possible. It doesn’t have to be a complicated, 12 step routine. Generally, a good moisturizer, vitamin C serum, vitamin E serum, collagen cream, and retinol are the best options for anti-aging. If you’re not sure which product or routine is best for your skin type, you could visit a board certified dermatologist.

Limiting sun exposure on the face and neck is also crucial for preventing sagging skin, wrinkles, sun spots, and skin cancer. Be sure to apply SPF 15-30 sunscreen on your face and neck every day, especially if you’re going to be spending time outside.

Other popular skin care products that may combat wrinkles, sagging neck skin, and inflammation are face masks, neck masks, and even a facial roller.

Healthy Lifestyle

Eating a healthy diet – with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables – and exercising regularly is the best way to look and feel young throughout your whole life. People who eat healthy and exercise regularly are able to maintain a healthy weight, which minimizes excess skin and sagging all over the body. There is only so much surgical and non surgical skin tightening you can do after massive weight fluctuations.

Facial Yoga

There is minimal evidence to suggest that facial yoga can tighten neck skin. The idea is that face and neck exercises can strengthen the neck muscles, thereby preventing loose neck skin.

Common exercises include doing a chewing motion with your mouth closed and lifting your head/neck while laying on your back.

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Call Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute Today

The best way to know how to tighten loose skin on neck is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daneshmand at Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute. He can give you a physical exam, listen to your concerns, and determine the best treatment to combat excess skin on your neck. Call 949-359-8397 to schedule an appointment today.