Can a Topical Cream, with a Wrap Help with Turkey Neck? I Am 38 and Can't Afford Surgey.

My husband is coming home in December from a 2 year tour. He is in great shape and through hard work I have lost 65 pounds but I am 2 years older than my husband. Our insurance will not even touch a neck lift. So would using a topical cream and wrapping my neck help at all?

Doctor Answers 10

Only neck lift will correct loose skin and muscle bands.


I understand your anxiety, but your "problem" is mild, and you look fine.   Don't waste money on "non invasive" procedures.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Finding An Affordable Alternative To Tighten Neck

I would recommend against creams and wraps, as they typically have no significant or lasting effects. To tighten the skin of your neck, the most effective option would be ThermiTight. Using a very thin wand right under the skin to apply radio frequency to targeted areas can help to melt away fat deposits, increase collagen production, and tighten overlying skin. It's a quick procedure that results in very minimal downtime, typically minor bruising and swelling may occur that dissipates in just a few days. The cost for this procedure is typically half the cost of a traditional facelift. ThermiTight is an excellent option for those short on time and/or funds but still desire an improvement in appearance.

Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 117 reviews

Non-Surgical Neck Improvement Options

As the other doctors have suggested, a topical cream will not provide you with much benefit.  I would suggest scheduling a consultation with a board certified facial plastic surgeon to determine your best options at the most affordable costs.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Neck lift

Those non surgical treatments will do nothing to tighten the skin on your neck, which I don't even think is bad enough to need surgery at this time.  The good news is that your husband will be absolutely elated when he sees you, especially with your weight loss.  Way to go!

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Have You Looked into Ultherapy?

First of all, congratulations on losing the weight. I do understand your concern and it is one that is shared with many of my patients that have lost a significant amount of weight.

While there are many procedures to aid in the loose skin after weight loss, there are options out there for you to explore.

One popular treatment is Ultherapy,  a non-invasive FDA approved procedure to lift skin on the
neck, under the chin and on the eyebrow. Ultherapy uses ultrasound and the body’s own healing process to lift and tighten loose skin. This has been successful on it's own or in combination with mini procedures for those who want more dramatic results. I think this could be a good option to consider. Most importantly, talk to a board certified plastic surgeon and have a consultation to find out what is best for YOU.

Garo Kassabian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

No Topical Creams for Turkey Neck

   There are no topical creams or wraps for a turkey neck, and a turkey neck is only amenable to a face and neck lift.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

Creams, Lotions and Exercises Do Not Help Loose Skin

Creams, Lotions and Exercises Do Not Help Loose Skin. Save your money  on topical creams, lotions, and neck exercises. They are all a waste of money and will not help you. 

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

Would be nice..

There is no cream that will fix what is bothering you.  You need the muscles, skin and underlying tissues tightened.  First choice would be a well performed conservative cheek lift and platysmaplasty.  Less invasive and less predictable would be Ultherapy.

Stuart H. Bentkover, MD
Boston Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Can a Topical Cream or Wrap Help with Turkey Neck?

Unfortunately, there is no topical treatment to tighten the neck skin to the degree that you're looking for. There are ultrasound-based or radiofrequency skin tightening treatments that will result in improvement in your neck without the cost or downtime of a necklift. Congratulations on the weight loss and your upcoming reunion with your husband!

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Stephen Weber, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 129 reviews

Topical cream and wrap for neck

Congratulations on your weight loss, as that is a significant accomplishment.  But in my opinion, I do not believe that any topical cream with or without a wrap would give any improvement to tightening the neck.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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