I Do Not Have Alot of $ and I Want to Do Something with my Turkey Neck, Perhaps Lipo?
Low Cost Options for Turkey Neck
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Low cost treatment of turkey neck
Most turkey necks result from loose skin, loose muscle and fat.
For patients who want the best result, they will opt for a necklift to reduce fat and tighten the muscles, and a facelift to take away the extra skin.
Every other procedure is a compromise for the majority of patients and will lead to substandard results.
We do quite aggressive necklifts (Neck-Lace), but never deceive our patients into thinking they will get facelift results with the necklift alone. We use subcutaneous lasers when necessary. These are no substitute for facelift plus necklift.
There are impressive before and after pictures that result from the after patient holding their chin more forward (always look for chin position on before-after pictures). There are also impressive "necklift" results (in patients who also had a facelift... look at the ears to see if there is alteration there.
Low Cost Option for the Neck?
I would like to tell you that there is a good, reliable, long lasting procedure for the neck which is low cost, but it doesn't exist. What you need is some form of Facelift to recontour the neck and facial soft tissues. This is a procedure that requires expertise, and appropriate after care, making it relatively expensive. Don't shop on price when it comes to your face, or you may get what you pay for.
There are other options, liposculpture or Ulthera
There are other options including liposculpture or Ulthera, but I would hesistant going with any 'discount procedures' as you usually get what you pay for and this is your face.
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Do nothing instead of the wrong procedure
The low cost option would be to not have anything done. Since having the wrong thing done, though cheap; may cost you a lot more money to fix in the future. If you are not going to have the results that you want, why even waste your money on results that will last only a few months.
Options for addressing a turkey neck
Liposuction alone only accomplishes removal of fat above the platysmal muscle. If there is excess skin, this needs to be addressed with a facelift. Most women older than 50 need to have the muscles tightened in the neck to make the cords disappear. Any fat that is underneath the platysmal muscle will also need to be addressed through a neck lift procedure. There are three components in the neck, skin, muscle, and fat, and they usually all have to be addressed to give an excellent cosmetic result.
If you have mild bands of platysma muscle causing a turkey neck then Botox may be helpful. If it is significant with loose skin then the best treatment is surgery.
Low cost neck surgery.
You need a facelift to remove the excess skin in your neck. Save your money and go to an experienced facelift surgeon or you may end up having to repair "bad work" at much more cost.
Neck lift with or without facelift for saggy neck skin
The ideal neckline is a 90 degree angle on on a side view while in straight forward gaze with a visible jawline (a slightly concave contour just under the sides of the jaw) & no excess hanging skin or fat. The neck should have a smooth surface contour without horizontal skin folds or vertically visible muscle margins. The skin should be supple not stretched tight or hard. That is the goal for whatever cosmetic surgery we perform on a patient's neck. Unfortunately that is about all any 2 surgeons will agree to even though the surgeons are assessing the same things fat/skin excess and muscle laxity. The way to get there will vary dramatically from surgeon to surgeon. Therefore your best option will depend on the physical findings at a face to face examination and who the surgeon is.
The treatment for deviations from this ideal depends on the cause of the deviation. The ideal candidate for liposuction is some who has good skin tone, most of the fat in the neck between the skin & underlying muscle rather than under the platysma muscle of the neck, little or no neck muscle laxity & appropriately
proportioned/prominent jaw bone & chin. The result is less dependent on the amount of fat removed than on how much that fat contributes to the preoperative appearance vs. lax musculature, recessed jaw bone etc.
One good way to tell is to grab the neck skin & fat between your fingers while biting down & gritting your teeth. This tightens the neck muscles & gives the trained eye an idea of muscle laxity, fat location.... However, even the most experienced eye sometimes has trouble with this assessment manuever for example when a lot of neck fat is present or when the muscles are extremely lax.
The treatment for very prominent or lax muscles & very lax skin is a facelift procedure. The name is a bit of a misnomer as the neck is affected more than the face. This allows removal of excess skin & tightening
of the muscles when needed. The surgical approach varies slightly depending on sex, age, other physical factors, etc.. The treatment for recessed jaw bones is dependent on the severity of recession & dental alignment. If the teeth are aligned properly & recession is not great an implant can be placed via an intraoral approach to make the jaw bone &/or chin more prominent. In the process the neck profile assumes more of a 90 degree angle in appropriate candidates. In a minority of patients the neck can be treated by liposuction & surgical tightening of the neck muscle alone. This results in a quicker recovery time with lesser chance of complications than the classical facelift procedure.
Unfortunately the photo you submitted is not sufficient to make the assessments described above. Before broaching the subject of cost you really need to know the status of your current condition and what means are required to rectify it. That means you will have to see a qualified surgeon face to face. Once you know that you move on to pricing and how to safely have the required surgery. Going for price before knowing the other factors is dangerous.
Options for Neck Lift Surgery
Going from the least invasive to the most, your options include liposuction of the neck, trampoline lift with percutaneous suture placement and traditional neck lift. However, every procedure is not appropriate for every patient. So, you really need to be evaluated by a board-certified plastic surgeon to go over your options. In most cases, the least invasive procedure cost less, but this is also something to discuss with your surgeon.
Lipo for turkey neck?
Liposuction does NOT tighten very loose skin, no matter what type of liposuction is done (laser-assisted, ultra-sound, etc). If you have loose skin and a tight budget, then your best bet would be to do a definitive treatment. It doesn't make sense to spend money on a "half-way" treatment that will disappoint you and lead to more cash outlay in the near future. Save a little more and have the right procedure for YOU. See a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (NOT a 'cosmetic surgeon', as they are typically not plastic surgeons at all!) Best wishes!
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