Can Neck Lift Surgery Get Rid of My Turkey Neck?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


Are you embarrassed by loose, sagging skin on your neck, often referred to as a "turkey neck"? If so, you may be excited to learn that neck lift surgery can effectively address this concern and restore a slimmer, smoother, more attractive silhouette. At SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi performs advanced neck lift surgery and can help you get the defined neckline you desire. Keep reading to learn more about how neck lift works.

How does neck lift surgery target a turkey neck?

Neck lift surgery, also known as platysmaplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to tighten and rejuvenate the neck area. During the surgery, excess skin is removed, and the underlying muscles are tightened to create a smoother, more youthful appearance. This comprehensive approach effectively targets a sagging neck and restores a more defined and contoured neck profile.

What are the benefits of neck lift surgery?

Neck lift surgery offers a number of compelling benefits for patients frustrated by their sagging neck skin, including:

  • Improved neck contour: The procedure effectively tightens loose skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, providing a more youthful and toned neck contour.
  • Enhanced jawline definition: Neck lift surgery can also help improve the definition of the jawline by getting rid of excess skin and fat in the lower face and neck area.
  • Increased self-confidence: By addressing the aesthetic concerns associated with a turkey neck, neck lift surgery can boost self-esteem and improve overall confidence in one's appearance.

What does neck lift surgery involve?

The neck lift surgery involves several steps tailored to the patient’s individual needs and goals. Most often, neck lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia and may take 2 – 3 hours to complete. Dr. Kelishadi strategically places neck lift incisions under the chin or behind the ears to minimize visible scarring. Through these incisions, excess skin is removed while the underlying muscles are tightened. Neck liposuction can also be performed to address stubborn neck fat. The incisions are then carefully closed with sutures. During the neck lift recovery period, patients are advised to follow postoperative instructions, which may include wearing a compression garment and avoiding strenuous activities. Swelling and bruising are normal in the first few days or weeks after neck lift surgery but will gradually subside over time.

Is neck lift surgery right for me?

If you are bothered by a turkey neck and desire a more youthful and rejuvenated neck appearance, you may be a candidate for neck lift surgery. To determine with certainty whether a neck lift is right for you, Dr. Kelishadi will perform a thorough consultation, including an examination of your neck, an evaluation of your skin laxity, and a discussion of your health history, specific concerns, and desired outcome.

Say goodbye to the gobble with a neck lift in Orange County, CA

Don't let a sagging turkey neck affect your confidence and self-image any longer. Schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA today, and take the first step toward getting the defined neckline and more attractive profile you deserve.

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