Surgery for turkey neck

How To Determine Which Neck Lift Procedure Will Be Right 

The signal “turkey neck” combined with necklace wrinkles and weak chin reflect a mix of hereditary factors, health, diet and nutrition. In some cases lifestyle choices can be the primary causal factors such as poor diet and lack of regular exercise resulting in fat accumulations.

Congenital Factors 

In other cases, genetics drive the process and create the perceived problem e.g. “the entire family suffers from this look”. The weak chin and/or jaw line can reflect congenital or hereditary retrognathia, the term of reference for a small chin. If the condition is not severe, then a chin implant may be the correct procedure to use. In more severe cases, oral maxillofacial surgery is required in order to reposition the bony jaw line tissues and create a “normalized” jaw line look.

Hereditary retrognathia, the term of reference for a small chin, requires an approach utilizing a chin implant where the underlying condition is not severe. During such an operation or in more severe cases oral maxillofacial surgery, the surgeon may elect to reposition the muscles of the neck known as platysmal muscle, which is the main muscle of the neck. When the platysmal muscle is repositioned by a skilled plastic surgeon, the patient’s facial contours can change dramatically and bring an entirely new and symmetrical balance to the face. By background, the surgeon’s focus on the platysmal muscle occurs due to the role the platysmal muscle plays in the creation of the turkey neck that people describe and complain about.

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Lower Neck Procedure For Younger Persons

 In young people, excess fat and skin can be liposuctioned and excised. The patient will need to exercise caution during the recovery period, wearing a 24-hour fitted support garment continuously for up to three weeks. In the older clients bearing excess fat and skin folds, liposuctioning and skin excision again applies, however a full face lift will likely be necessary in order to contour the facial features. The surgeon is trained in the use of a zigzag incision pattern below the chin and down the neck. The Z-plasty is used in preference to a straight line incision which would result in future severe scar contracture, which would eventually tension the chin downwards towards the chest wall.

The use of a zigzag counters the scar contracture process, resulting in greater overall balance. This procedure is especially beneficial for older men in their 50s to 70s, as it’s a less invasive procedure than the full neck lift. Also, a number of older people do not have the sort of robust health to go through a major neck and face lift operation.

Your Health Matters

 Major physical and mental health indicators that the plastic surgeon looks for during the initial consultation and patient medical history review include current signs of illness such as flu or cough from persistent cold. Additionally, urine tests will be checked for the presence of diabetes. Lung disease and emphysema along with the indications of a current habitual smoking condition also cause concern for the surgeon when evaluating the suitability of the patient. Severe obesity may also make a variety of cosmetic surgery procedures out of the question, thereby requiring that the patient undergo some appropriate and managed diet in order to bring weight and body fat levels back to more appropriate levels.

Recovery Time Guide

 Recovery times vary according to the nature of the procedure and the patient’s health. In the combination neck lift Z-plasty, chin implant, liposuction and laser resurfacing operation, the patient should expect a two-three week total recovery period. Rest is the key as your body responds to the need to repair tissue damaged during the operation. Your doctor will have provided you with written instructions which you should have read prior to the operation and then again after the operation. You may be applying ice packs to your neck and chin area if you had turkey neck surgery, or you may have instructions to elevate your head and neck or other body area which had been operated upon. Water, pain medications, ice packs, heating packs, rest are only portions of the regimen necessary in the recovery period. Post-operative depression is normal and to be expected in most cases. The level and intensity of depression varies widely amongst people, but remains a common connector expreience. Depression can be reduced by keeping good nutritional standards, do light exercise, get outdoors, engage in low key social activity and take short outings until energy and confidence return. In addition to rest, I vitamin E enhanced lotions or aloe vera, a centuries old herbal remedy known as gotu kola may be one of the best treatment protocols for healing scar and damaged skin following your turkey-neck and chin implant operation.

November 15, 2019

Dr. Emre GÖNENÇ BAYGÖL

He was born in 1983 in Bandirma. He completed her primary education in Setbaşı Primary School and her secondary and high school education in Bursa Anatolian High School. In 2007, he graduated from Uludağ University Faculty of Medicine. In 2014,...
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