Turkey Neck Procedure with Minimal Downtime?

I am 55 years old and would like to know which procedure is best for treating a turkey neck with the least amount of downtime?

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Cervicoplasty for turkey neck with almost no "downtime".

If you are a suitable candidate, a necklift might be the best solution for you. This operation fixes the muscles in the neck, removes escess fat, and correct turkey neck with minimum downtime. Patients may go about their daily activities the next day. The operation is outpatient, takes about an hour or so, and delivers predictably good results in the properly selected patient.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Necklift under local anaesthetic

Thank you for your question.  Surgical approach would be the only solution via neck lift and tightening procedure.  This involves the tightening of the platysma muscle, which will require a small incision under the chin away from direct view to gain access to the front edge of the muscles on the neck; the are sutured together with permanent stitches.  The excess skin is removed creating a smooth and contoured appearance.

This procedure can be performed under local anaesthetic and does not require any drains or bandages.  This significantly reduces the downtime and recovery period.  Neck rejuvenation procedures are very common and our cosmetic surgeons will assess and advise you on what you may require to achieve the look you are after. Often the neck rejuvenation procedures can be combined with facelift surgery.  

Please make sure you find a reputable and qualified plastic surgeon who can assess you properly to give you a realistic idea of what outcome you can achieve.  All The Best 

Neck Lift Is Best Fix for Turkey Neck

There are really no satisfying nonsurgical remedies for “turkey neck.” The loosening of the platysmal muscle with subsequent skin sagging respond best to a neck lift with platysma tightening. You will have a dressing for one week. You can return to unstrenuous activity at that time. Full recovery will take 1 to 2 weeks depending on your healing and the aggressiveness of the surgery. The results can last for up to 10 years. I hope this helps.

Jonathan Kulbersh, MD
Charlotte Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Laser Assisted Weekend Facelift

It is possible that you may be a candidate for what I have termed, "The Laser Assisted Weekend Necklift:" It is a minimally invasive procedure and the downtown is generally 2-3 days. 

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 will help determine which procedures will provide the best results for you.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Turkey Neck Procedure Options with Minimal Downtime

Depending on the degree of turkey waddle will determine the best approach ranging from a modified facelift (mini lift), neck lift only to a full traditional facelift with or without platysmal plication. 
For most I have been able to use a mini lift such as the MACS lift, Lite Lift and others will improve both the lower face(jawline) as well as the neck. A necklift mainly focuses on the neck. The best value and quickest recovery time in my experienced is from a mini-lift procedure. For more extensive turkey waddle problems there is no substitute for a traditional facelift/necklift procedures.

An exam is always needed to determine how the specific causes of your undesired neck appearance. In particular there are 4 main factors that need to be evaluated:
1. the amount of redundant skin, excess fat below the chin, (requires neck or facelift)
2. banding of your neck mid-line neck muscles (platysmal bands) - requires platysmal plication (neck tightening)
3. elasticity of your skin. - requires laser or peels, thermage, ultherapy
4. a weak chin (supports the skin structure) - requires chin augmentation
Each of these components are dealt with in a different manner. For example, excess fat requires direct removal or liposuction (more common), widely spread playtsmal bands are brought together (neck tightening), and excess skin is removed with a lower facelift or neck lift (this can be done with minimal scars). Certain lasers and peels can help with elasticity problems and your photo seems to indicate adequate chin projection.

Traditional liposuction removes excess fat superficial to the platysmal muscle. A neck lift is able to remove fat both above and below the platysmal muscle and tighten it; this will give a more defined jaw/neck line. .The lax skin in your upper neck can be approached directly by a less invasive facelift in the mini-face lift such as the MAC or Lite Lift procedures. The least invasive would be one of these procedures which corrects the upper neck loose skin extremely well.. My own personal preference and in my hands the one with the least invasive approach is a Lite Lift which is performed in my office under local anesthesia with some oral sedation without the need for IV sedation or general anesthesia.

Always go to a board certified plastic surgeon with great experience in neck and face lifting.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Turkey neck treatment

The best treatment for a turkey neck is a face and neck lift.  The turkey neck is probably loose skin +/- muscle bands. These can be approache from a chin incision and facelift incisions.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Least down time for turkey neck


Turkey neck usually refers to excess skin and platysma muscle under the neck. Depending on the extent of the skin and muscle excess, you can be a candidate for a mini-facelift with 5 to 7 days of recovery. If you need some liposuction under the neck, this should not increase the downtime. Bruising takes the longest to resolve. Good cover up after 5 to 7 days should make it possible to return to non-strenuous activities.

Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Improve the appearance of a turkey neck

In general, "turkey neck" improvement requires a surgical procedure. What surgery is best for you really depends on what is sagging. Is it skin, is it fat, is it a separation of muscles or a combination of all three. In general improvement in the neck can be made through small incisions under the chin and behind the ears, nicely hidden in skin creases. I generally tell patients to expect to take 1-2 weeks off work from a desk job, but the healing process continues for longer than that. It is a surgery, but one with high patient satisfaction in my experience.

Elizabeth Slass Lee, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
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Turkey neck treatment options

The "turkey neck" is a typical sign of facial aging. Skin, muscle, and fat sag with age contributing to the typical appearance. The "turkey neck" is a more advanced sign of aging. Earlier signs of aging are chin wrinkles, jowling, and fullness under the chin.

Traditional face lift surgery with liposuction of the neck area is usually a great option. However, there is a healing period after surgery approximately a few weeks. To minimize downtime with faster recovery, more minimal incision face lifts (minimal access cranial lift, short scar lift, mini lifts, etc) have been developed. Patients have great results with these minimal procedures. Younger patients with earlier signs of facial aging benefit most from these minimal procedures. Older patients with advanced signs of aging may benefit more from the traditional face lift procedures.

Face lift surgery is individualized, and there isn't one face lift procedure that is appropriate for all patients. Age, skin quality, degree of fat, bone structure, and muscle tone are only some of the many factors that a plastic surgeon examine to develop a cosmetic surgery plan.

Speak to a plastic surgeon specializing in face lift surgery to help determine which face lift is appropriate e for you.

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Neck rejuvenation protocol

Neck lifts have undergone a great step forward in the recent past. The recovery time is minimal.

Problem 1: Neck fat - treatment liposuction - recovery to return to work - 2 days

Problem 2: Sagging neck muscles that create the turkey gobblers - platysmaplasty - through a small incision under the chin the muscles are tightened. - recovery time - 2 days.

Problem 3: Excess skin under the neck - you have two choices:

  • A small vertical incision under the chin (very difficult to see) can remove a large amount of excess skin. Recovery time 4 -5 days.
  • Extended necklift - excess skin is pulled behind the ears - better results, bigger procedure - recovery time 7-10 days.

Robert M. Freund, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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