Saggy loose skin under chin...turkey neck? (photo)

I am a 35-year old female and I recently lost 73 pounds. I'd like many things fixed :)...but the one that bothers me the most is my chin. I had a double chin when I was heavy, but now it's just loose empty skin that hangs there. What plastic surgery procedure(s) would I need to get done to get rid of it? I've lost 73 pounds but still feel fat because of my hanging neck. :( Thank you!

Doctor Answers 16

Neck lift with platysmaplasty

Neck lift with platysmaplasty would be the best option.  Neck lift to tighten the skin of the neck.  Platysmaplasty to address the banding in the midline.

Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Lower face/neck lift with platysmaplasty would give the best results.

Tightening up the lower jawline and neck would make a big improvement and can be done under local tumescent anesthesia easily for roughly $8500. It would make a dramatic improvement with a week of down time and be safer than general anesthesia. Sincerely,

David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

How to Tighten Flabby Neck Skin

Your photo is very helpful.  Congratulations on your weight loss.

It appears that you have excess skin and some neck bands.  A  neck lift or lower facelift will work very well to remove the excess skin, tighten the neck and take care of other problems that often come with saggy neck skin, like loss of a good jaw line, neck bands, the turkey neck wattle and jowls.  It is not as invasive a procedure as many think as the down time is only about 4 to 7 days and short scars can be used to minimize the invasiveness.  It can also be done with local anesthesia or twilight anesthesia.  This approach would be the simplest and give you the best results even though it seems more invasive.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.

Brian Windle, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

A neck lift is often the best means of eliminating “turkey neck”

Significant, rapid weight loss unfortunately does often result in loose, hanging skin as you describe. The best way to tighten and eliminate this excess skin is through a surgical neck lift. This procedure will tighten the skin along with the underlying muscle and remove excess, hanging skin in order to restore a smoother, more youthful look to the neck. I hope this helps.

Jonathan Kulbersh, MD
Charlotte Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Excess neck skin after weight loss

Congratulations on your weight loss!  Unfortunately, rapid weight loss can lead to excess skin in many areas.  Based on the photos, it seems you have excess skin and muscle banding.  There aren't any real nonsurgical options that work well.  An necklift with a platysmaplasty would work well on the neck.  If you have jowls, and you want to improve those (best time to do it is at the same time) then a minifacelift with platysmaplasty would work well and make you happy.

Mike Majmundar, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Saggy loose skin under chin...turkey neck?

   A neck lift will provide substantial improvement to the appearance of the neck.

Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of facelifts, necklifts facelift revisions, and facial procedures each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

Cosmetic Surgery is an Art and a Science

Congrats on your weight loss. Based on your pictures you have prominent plastysma bands and a loose neck. In my experience, the lower facelift /neck lift with muscle band repair gives the best results. Get a consult from a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to better answer your question. All the best

Thomas A. Narsete, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Improving the appearance of loose skin under the chin

In general, a necklift yields a great result. A platysmaplasty and removal of skin around the ears can be performed if needed. An exam would really be necessary to provide you with the best advice. I would recommend consulting with a board certified facial plastic surgeon, as they will be able to examine you in person and go over your options. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck!

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Saggy neck skin

It looks like you will probably need some sort of a neck lift but you would need to be examined in person.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

"Turkey Neck" Treatment

For best improvement and most longevity, you would commit to a necklift. No other procedure will be able to provide similar results.

Frank P. Fechner, MD
Worcester Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

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