The dreaded “turkey wattle” can make just about any man or woman cringe. Yet, as we age, this feature becomes more and more inevitable. The skin, muscles, and tissue of the neck will all grow loose and lax with time. Combined with the effects of gravity, it’s easy for patients to begin experiencing excess fatty deposits below the chin and eventually a pouch-like area of skin. Because this resembles the wattle below a turkey’s beak, it has become known as turkey neck. To reverse or avoid turkey neck yourself, you should discuss neck lift surgery with a board certified facial plastic surgeon.
Do I Have Turkey Neck?
The neck can give away your real age, even if you aren’t ready to reveal it to others. Because it is such a delicate area and so easily affected by the aging process, unwanted consequences can result. If you have fat deposits on either side of your jaw, this is known as “jowls.” If you’re noticing a pouch of skin and fat below your chin, you’re on your way to “turkey neck” or “turkey wattle.” Either way, your neck is starting to look older and that might not be something you’re ready to face just yet.
Turkey neck can be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, skin laxity, your weight (how much fat cells are present in the neck), and your overall health. Daily lifestyle habits can affect how well your skin continues to produce collagen, stay firm, and avoid sagging. It can also help to prevent your skin from growing thin with age, which gives turkey neck a dry and translucent look. Spending too much time in the sun can also cause turkey neck to form by breaking down skin cells and advancing the aging process prematurely.
How Can Neck Lift Surgery Help?
Neck lift surgery is a popular procedure designed to help reverse the signs of aging from the chin, jaw, and neck. This delicate area of the body is very susceptible to the changes that time and gravity cause, which often lead to sagging skin like turkey neck. Neck lift surgery can remove excess skin and fat, while tightening up the neck muscles for a complete anti-aging approach.
The neck lift procedure consists of two surgeries at once: cervicoplasty and platysmaplasty. The cervicoplasty procedure involves the removal of excess skin, like that seen in patients with turkey neck. Platysmaplasty focuses on removing or altering the neck muscles to tighten them and prevent future sagging. This complete approach not only removes the skin and fat causing your turkey neck, but it will help give you a head start against future sagging issues. To learn more about how the neck lift procedure could benefit you, book a consultation with a board certified facial plastic surgeon today.
Am I a Good Candidate for Neck Lift Surgery?
Good candidates for neck lift surgery can include men and women starting around age 30 and up. To be considered for surgery, you should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for your procedure and results. Talk with your facial plastic surgeon to discover whether you would make a good neck-lift patient and whether the surgery is a good fit for you. Be willing to talk openly about your medical history, concerns, and desires for your procedure.
If you’re not sure if neck lift surgery is the right choice, your surgeon can project your results for you during your consultation. With VECTRA 3D imaging, he will be able to take a 3D photograph of you and approximate the surgical changes he will make. This can help you to get a better idea what a neck lift can do for you and if it’s the procedure that will deliver your best anti-aging results.
Where Can I Learn More About Neck Lift Surgery?
Neck lift surgery can help you to reverse turkey neck and many other unwanted side effects of the aging process. Learn more by booking a consultation with an experienced facial plastic surgeon today. Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein has been practicing in the Hudson Valley for more than 14 years and specializes in facial plastic surgery, nasal, and sinus disorders. He uniquely combines his medical and surgical expertise to help patients feel better and look better. He holds dual board-certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and is an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.