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What Can I Do About My Turkey Wattle?

Published on February 13, 2019

Many people have a section of loose sagging tissue hanging down from their neck. This issue is often called a “turkey wattle.” Have you ever wondered where this name comes from?

The turkey has very distinctive features that are quite hard to miss. Among these are a large fanned-out feathery tail and a large red wattle that hangs down from its neck. This feature makes sense on a turkey, but when something similar appears on a person, it can look out of place and even quite embarrassing.

Causes of a Turkey Wattle

People get turkey wattles for different reasons. Some of the most common reasons for a turkey wattle are the genes, dramatic weight loss, and the loss of skin elasticity and tissue strength that accompanies the aging process.

How to Get Rid Of the Dreaded Turkey Wattle

You will hear the term “neck lift” while learning about recontouring the neck. A neck lift is a way to surgically refine the look of the neck and chin. Dr. Gantous will adjust his neck-lift technique based on what your aesthetic goals are.

The neck lift is commonly associated with reducing a turkey wattle or reducing jowls. It is also called neck contouring. The procedure can take years off of a person’s appearance. If you aren’t interested in a full facelift but would like to experience improvements in your jawline to look as young as you feel, a neck lift might be just what you’re looking for.

The neck lift is an outpatient procedure. General anesthesia is administered at the start of the treatment in order to make the patient comfortable. The surgery lasts for anywhere from two to three hours.

How It Works

Once the anesthesia has taken effect, incisions are made behind your earlobes and/or under your chin. Dr. Gantous removes excess fat and excess neck skin. In many cases, the platysma muscle is tightened as well. The platysma muscle extends to the angle of the jaw all the way from the collarbone. Internal sutures are used to tighten this loose muscle tissue.

After Dr. Gantous has repositioned and removed tissues to smooth out the area, the skin is redraped over the uplifted contours. The incisions are closed with stitches and dressed properly.

When the procedure has finished, Dr. Gantous may insert drainage tubes to aid in the removal of excess blood and fluids. Too much excess fluid can result in complications.

Healing After a Neck Lift

Recovery time after a neck lift varies depending on the patient. However, most patients recover in about two weeks. Many patients have reported feeling well a few days after the surgery.

The aesthetic results of the neck-lift procedure are long-lasting. Patients are able to enjoy a slimmed and better-contoured neck without a turkey wattle.

Scheduling a Consultation Regarding Your Neck-Lift

If you have any questions, it’s best to schedule an appointment with a qualified medical professional. Dr. Andres Gantous, a skilled facial plastic surgery specialist will be happy to answer any questions you might have. To schedule your informative consultation with Dr. Gantous, contact us today.

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