The skin and muscles in the neck change with aging, resulting in excess skin and muscle bands that can resemble a turkey neck or wattle. Plastic surgery is the best option to smooth and tighten the skin and muscles of the neck for a more youthful appearance. Dr. John Anastasatos offers effective neck liposuction and lift procedures to rejuvenate the neck at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills.
The neck lift procedure must primarily address and treat the muscles under the skin of the neck. Some people believe that all neck lifts are about pulling skin that has become lax and loose, but this is not the case with a turkey neck or wattle. What becomes lax and loose over time are the muscle groups under the skin of the neck. Proper repair and tightening of these muscles can create a beautiful jaw line and neckline. This is a critical part of facial rejuvenation. The main muscle group that gets repaired in the neck lift is the platysma, which is why a neck lift is referred to as platysmaplasty in medical terms.
Turkey Neck Correction and Neck Skin Tightening
The neck lift, or platysmaplasty, is often combined with a facelift to rejuvenate the neck and face together. The neck muscles are the foundation of everything else done on the neck for rejuvenation or turkey neck correction. Once the neck muscles are tightened and corrected, then excess fat from the neck is removed with liposuction. Finally, the excess skin of the neck is removed, and the remaining skin is tightened, resulting in a beautiful neck shape. The goals of the neck lift are:
- Tighten the muscles of the neck
- Tighten the skin of the neck from the jaw line all the way down to the collarbones
- Remove the extra fat that exists in the neck, usually in the midportion under the chin
The neck is approached from an incision under the chin and behind the ears. The incision under the chin ranges from 5-7cm, or about 2 inches in length, and heals well. The incisions behind the ears also heal well over time. In general, incisions on the face and neck heal better than incisions on other parts of the body.
If you have a turkey wattle forming and want to rejuvenate your neck area, contact us at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Anastasatos to discuss neck lift options.