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How To Get Rid of Turkey Neck

February 15, 2024
Fredric M. Barr

Vibrant and accomplished Natalie, a woman in her early fifties, exudes confidence in all aspects of her life. However, every time she catches a glimpse of herself in the mirror lately, all she can see is her dreaded turkey neck, which adds unnecessary years to her appearance and detracts from her natural beauty. Having tried every anti-aging cream, serum, and makeup on the market that promised results but didn't deliver, Natalie wonders if there is another solution. 

Can you relate to Natalie? You're not alone. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and firmness, with certain areas like the neck showing more prominent signs of aging, thanks to sagging skin. Do you often type "how to get rid of turkey neck" into a search bar, hoping to find a long-term solution for your turkey neck?

At Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, we understand the devastation a turkey neck can inflict on your self-esteem and confidence. For over 30 years, our Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Fredric M. Barr, M.D., F.A.C.S. has been helping patients achieve a natural, refreshed look. Do you have excess neck fat that causes you embarrassment? Keep reading to discover more about the turkey neck and our solution for improving the appearance of excess neck skin, then contact us at (561) 833-4122 to schedule a consultation with our patient counselor.

What Causes a Turkey Neck?

A turkey neck refers to the loose, sagging skin and wrinkles that develop underneath the chin and along the neck.  A combination of factors usually causes a turkey neck, including natural aging, genetics, and lifestyle choices. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and collagen, leading to a loss of firmness and the development of wrinkles. Because it is thin and delicate, the skin in the neck area is particularly vulnerable to these effects.

Several factors contribute to excess skin on the neck:

  1. Aging: The natural aging process causes the skin to lose elasticity and firmness. As a result, the muscles in the neck weaken, and the neck skin becomes lax, leading to the drooping appearance associated with a turkey neck.
  2. Genetics: Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to developing a turkey neck. If your family members have experienced sagging neck skin, you may be more likely to experience it as well.
  3. Weight fluctuations: Significant weight gain and subsequent weight loss can stretch the skin, leading to laxity and the formation of excess skin around the neck area.
  4. Sun exposure: Excessive sun exposure can cause sun damage affecting the skin's collagen and elastin fibers, accelerating the aging process and contributing to the development of a turkey neck.
  5. Poor posture: Maintaining poor posture, such as constantly looking down at electronic devices or slouching, can strain the neck muscles over time, potentially leading to muscle laxity and the appearance of a turkey neck.

No matter how a turkey neck develops, its presence can make individuals feel self-conscious and older than their actual age. Many people seek plastic surgery solutions in the form of turkey neck surgery and turkey neck treatments to achieve a tighter and more youthful neck contour.

What Is A Mini Extended Neck Lift?

A Mini Neck Lift is a minimally invasive surgery that targets under the chin, jowl lines, and cheek to reduce sagging skin and tighten the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system), much like a traditional facelift. Unlike a traditional facelift, however, a Mini Neck Lift is not as invasive and offers a shorter recovery time. Do you want to achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance without the downtime of traditional surgery? The Mini Neck Lift could be the right solution for you.

A Mini Neck Lift at Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery is the Most Convenient and Effective Turkey Neck Solution

During the Mini Neck Lift procedure, Dr. Barr makes incisions in the skin around the back of the neck area, which enables him to reach and tighten the underlying muscles and tissues, resulting in a more lifted appearance for the neck and jawline. He also removes excess loose skin, for further enhanced results.

During a Mini Neck Lift, we ensure your comfort with local anesthesia to numb the area and minimize and hide scarring with strategically placed incisions. 

Dr. Barr performs this Mini Neck Lift in our office safely with local anesthesia.

Once a patient is properly prepped for surgery, Dr. Barr makes incisions and begins tightening the muscles and tissues in the neck area, removing excess loose skin.

Recovery Time for a Mini Neck Lift

After undergoing the Mini Neck Lift procedure, it is normal to experience swelling and bruising in the neck area. You may also feel some discomfort or pain, but your surgeon will provide you with prescribed medication to manage these symptoms.

Compared to traditional facelift surgery, the Mini Neck Lift outpatient procedure has a much shorter recovery time. Most patients can return to work within three to five days. It is important to allow your body enough time to heal properly, so we recommend waiting 10 to 14 days before engaging in strenuous aerobic exercise. However, you can resume walking and light exercise sooner.

At Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, we understand that every patient is unique. That's why we take the time to have detailed discussions with you about your options, ensuring a safe and smooth recovery process.

Can I Combine the Mini Neck Lift with Another Cosmetic Procedure?

At Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, a Mini Neck Lift can be combined with a Mini Face Lift or any other Mini Lift surgical procedures to address all areas of concern. Let us help you experience a fresh look and renewed self-confidence. During your consultation with our patient counselor, you can discuss all your concerns and determine the best course of action for you.

Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Can Fix Turkey Neck and Improve Your Neck's Appearance with a Mini Neck Lift

Regardless of the factors causing them, turkey necks can make you feel older than your years. Are you searching for plastic surgeons to "remove turkey neck?" Contact us at (561) 833-4122 or complete our online form to schedule a consultation with our patient counselor.

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