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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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.
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.
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.
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Surgery is your best option
I would agree with other physicians who say there is no alternative to surgical treatment of a turkey neck. As mentioned, a direct excision may be a good option for you. This procedure often referred to as a "Grecian-Urn" neck lift or neck rejuvenation does leave a scar in the midline of the neck. This can take several months to heal but often will leave only a minimal scar once healed.
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!
Quick & Easy Solution for Turkey Neck in an Older Person
The fastest and easiest way is to cut the extra skin in the midline of the neck. It can be done under local anesthesia. It leaves a straight line like scar in the midline but it looks much better than the turkey neck deformity.
Thank you for your question. Ultrasound tightening like Ultherapy is an amazing alternative for the neck! Also, Kybella is great to minimize the fat right under the chin. Botox in the neck also helps a lot. There are many options!
Best of luck,
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