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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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.
At 68 years of age, surgery is only way to address turkey neck
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.
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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!
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.
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
Web reference: http://www.michaellawmd.com
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.
Hereditary at 68?
necklift is the gold standard, all 3 components need to be addressed. not necessaruly operated on but addressed. so, lipo alone, lipo plus muscle repair, lipo, muscle and skin. all depends on the anatomy. you see, it's your neck that makes the decision not us.
Treating a turkey neck requires surgery
While many machines and procedures are advertised for treating turkey necks non-surgically, the only route to safe, predictable, appreciable, and lasting improvement is surgery, with a 1-2 week period of bruising and swelling.
Really the best treatment for a turkey gobble neck is a neck lift. The non-invasive treatments are not effective.
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