I am a 68 year active male in good health. However over the past 2-3 years I've developed a hereditary turkey neck. I cannot afford an extended recovery time and seek the best alternative solution to invasive surgery. What are my best possibilities?
What is the Best Least Invasive Solution for Turkey Neck?
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Male plastic surgery of the turkey neck
More men of obtaining surgery to reduce the signs of aging. The turkey gobbler neck is very common, especially in men. Men have 3 general options with increasing degree of aesthetic success, as well as recovery time. The first is simple liposuction of the neck, which not only removes fat under the chin, but also helps tighten the neck over time. Although recovery is quick, the results may be minimal, especially for patients with severe turkey neck sagging.
The 2 other cosmetic options are plastic surgery. Direct excision of the neck skin & fat produces great results, with recovery within a week usually. Patients however are left with a scar down the middle of the neck. The scar is normally not visible or bothersome, but it's a scar which can be avoided. The ideal cosmetic approach for severe neck sagging and lower facial aging is some form of face lift surgery. The face lift may be a mini lift (minimal access, short scar, etc) or full (traditional) face lift. The degree of tissue dissection and pulling is largely based on physical examination by a plastic surgeon. Incisions with face lift surgery are in front of the ear and up the temple area, with variable extension behind the ear. Recovery is usually a couple of weeks.
Speak with a plastic surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery to help determine which solution is appropriate for you. Best of luck.
Male neck lift
I see many men in my practice with early changes to the neck. The recovery is typically reasonable and the results can be very dramatic, but without a look of being "operated on" Most men hear from others that they appear to have lost weight.
Take your time finding a surgeon that performs a lot of male facial rejuvenation with many before and after photos
Running W-Plasty Necklift - enjanced with Fraxel laser skin resurfacing
I have had good success with a procedure called a running W-plasty necklift for a turkey gobbler deformity of the neck, seen more commonly in males. This procedure is done under local or local sedation anesthesia, and is relatively comfortable. I do treat the incision afterwards with four treatments of the Fraxel re:store laser to minimize the appearance of the vertical scar in the center of the neck.
The necklift also allows me access to the platysma neck muscles which undergo surgical tightening at the same time, which not only improves the contour of the neck , but also improves the duration of the procedure over time. I don't have any non-surgical alternatives at this time.
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Direct excision under local anesthesia is the way to go.
I have had great success with direct excision of the turkey neck under local anesthesia. Rather than performing a facelift (lower face and neck lift) to tighten the neck, the hanging tissue is removed directly under the chin. The scar that results is very acceptable cosmetically and heals in a couple weeks. There is little to no down time and essentially no pain. At your consultation, tell the doctor you are interested in a direct submentoplasty.
You have only 2 choices.
A facelift will require a week off work. An excision of just the "gobbler" can be done under local anesthesia but will leave a scar, though most patients prefer this to the "gobbler". There is no "non invasive" way to do this, otherwise we would all be doing it!
Cervicofacial Liposculpture is first employed to contour the unfavorable fatty changes seen in the face and neck as time passes by, such as the ‘Turkey neck’ and ‘double chin’.
Careful attention is then turned to tightening the neck muscles and eliminating neck bands. Finally, I employ laser technology to ‘resurface’ the underside of the neck skin, thereby ‘shrinkwrapping’ the skin of the neck restoring a youthful contour.
A consultation with a board certified facial plastic surgeon or board certified plastic surgeon will help determine which procedures will provide the best results for you.
Neck Lift or Combination Neck Lift
In most cases, a turkey neck deformity in a 68 year old male is a complex problem that has multiple anatomic components. The majority of patients have loose skin, excess fat and laxity of the neck muscles which are separated in the midline. For this reason, there’s no simple solution for this problem without significant tradeoffs.
In the vast majority of patients, correction of this problem requires a neck lift or a combination neck lift facelift procedure. In some cases, direct excision can be performed but this procedure may be associated with significant neck scarring.
For these reasons, significant turkey neck deformities require aggressive surgical intervention. When less aggressive procedures are utilized patients may not be satisfied with their result and visible scarring may occur.
If you’re concerned about loose saggy neck skin consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is appropriate. This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that will address this problem.
Unfortunately there are no reliable non-surgical options.
There are minimally invasive (ie little downtime) procedures that can be done. However you need to be examined by a board certified plastic surgeon in order to decide which procedure would be most suited for you. The recovery is faster if the surgical scar is just under the neck/chin area versus when incisions are made behind the ears.
Treatment of Neck?
Thank you for the question.
Based on your description face/neck lifing is indicated. Nonsurgical options tend to be ineffective; be very careful because you will be offered these non-surgical treatments that will likely leave you disappointed.
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