Getting Rid of That Turkey Neck With Plastic Surgery
For some, the neck is often one of the biggest areas of facial aging concern particularly as one gets older.
The loss of the once smooth jaw line and a more well-defined neck angle are telltale signs of the effects of gravity and time.
By definition, the use of the term 'turkey neck', which almost everyone knows what that means (as unflattering as it is), means an older neck problem as it implies a lot of loose hanging skin.
This is usually seen in the 50+ age range and much more common in the 60s and 70s.
When the loose skin in the neck area makes up the biggest part of the problem, the options for treatment become surgical and need to be more aggressive to get a satisfactory result.
Forget about non-invasive options or 'lunchtime' type procedures.
These simply will not work no matter how they are marketed.
If the neck and jowl problem is mainly fat, as often occurs in the younger patient, then fat removal methods alone will be successful.
Whether it is non-surgical lipodissolve or surgical liposuction, good results can be had as the skin has the ability to shrink and tighten up.
When the skin is loose and floppy, that is a sign that it has lost any ability to contract and fat removal methods alone with only be met with disappointing results.
With considerable excess neck skin, variations of a facelift procedure are what is needed.
Using the term facelift for many patients is confusing as this procedure often conjures up images of extensive facial surgery throughout the whole face.
In reality, a facelift only effects the neck and jowl area and will do nothing for the face above the jaw line.
It is a poorly named procedure and a facelift should be called a neck-jowl lift.
It is really less extensive and easier to go through than most patients actually think.
There are many facelift names and procedures today but most of them are just variations on marketing and advertising.
In actuality, there are only two types of facelifts, limited and full.
Which one is best for any patient is determined by the amount of loose neck skin that is present.
If the loose neck skin is not extensive, a limited facelift may be enough as this lifts the loose jowl skin a lot and the loose neck skin a little.
If there is a lot of loose neck skin, then a full facelift is really needed.
This is the most powerful neck procedure and can produce some really dramatic results.
The differences between the two are how much of an incision is needed around the ear and the number of days of recovery needed.
(even though the recovery is really about how you look or a social issue, there is next to pain at all for either.
To put a number to that difference, 4" (limited) vs.
8" (full) and 5 days (limited) vs.
7 to 10 days (full).