Exercise Four - Front of Neck
This exercise firms up the area at the front of the neck where aging first leaves its mark of deterioration. Here's how to do it:
- In the sitting (I do it in the sitting) or standing position, tilt your head back the way you see me doing it in the photo.
- While tilting your head back, press your tongue firmly into the roof of your mouth. This tightens up all the muscles at the front of your neck and under the chin.
- Now bring your chin down toward your neck while still holding the tongue against the roof of your mouth.
That's all there is to it. If you are doing it right, you will feel a tightness under the chin and in the front of the neck. Check this out with your fingers. Does your platysma muscle feel tense while you are moving your head up and down? If it does, you are doing the exercise right.
This video I made will give you a detailed description and demonstration of how the exercise for the muscles at the front of the neck is done.
The following video of the same material is for those who speak Spanish - para las personas que habla español.
Loose Skin or Excess Skin
So what if your platysma and sternocleidomastoid muscles are well-developed and tight with little or no overlying fat - but there is still excess skin, a fleshy lobe hanging down from the throat or chin - the turkey wattle, the dewlap. (The neck often ages before the face.)
Cervicoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess or loose skin from the front of the neck. It involves a small incision below the chin and perhaps behind the ears. The excess skin is then neatly trimmed and tightened up. The results of this simple procedure can last over ten years, at which point a touch up may be needed.
During the surgery excess fat may also be removed with a suction device - liposuction. All this will sharpen up the chin and jawline, taking years off a person's appearance.
The recovery time for these procedures in usually less than two weeks, and there is only a small chance for complications like infection or scarring.
I've never had any cosmetic surgery, but if I had a turkey wattle loosely hanging down from my throat, I certainly would make an appointment with a competent surgeon. I would check on the surgeon's credentials and find out the price before I signed any forms though.
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