Aging is a process that changes all parts of the body. From sagging skin and crow’s feet to the changing color of our hair, aging is a part of life.

Perhaps one of the most unsightly impacts of aging is what is known as “turkey neck.” Just like the skin on your face, the skin on your neck will start to sag as time goes on. As the skin on your next is often being stretched as you look around, over time a pouch of stretched skin can develop.

But you don’t have to be a victim to the process of aging. With a competent and skilled plastic surgeon, you can reverse most all signs of aging, including turkey neck.

Below we’ve compiled a set of information on turkey neck removal surgery, including the process, healing time, and the various ways it can impact your image—and your self confidence.

Give Paula a call today at (212) 535 0800 if you are experiencing turkey neck, and need a permanent solution—your self-confidence will thank you.

What Causes Turkey Neck?

The causes of turkey neck are in fact more complicated than you may think. While it is largely a sagging of the skin on the neck, turkey neck is in fact caused by a relationship between the placement of your neck bones, skin elasticity, your particular musculature, and fat distribution.

As your body’s largest organ, the skin is naturally elastic, meaning it can stretch and retract based on how it is pulled. Over time, this property of your skin will begin to wear, as you continually pull on it in various activities.

The muscles in your neck also begin to wear out over time. Caused by prolonged and near-constant use, the muscles in your neck will begin to lose strength—this causes the connection between your neck muscles and skin to deteriorate over time.

Along with the above factors, bone placement is often a major cause of turkey neck. If the connection between the skull and spinal cord are closer, it will cause less tension on the skin. As the elasticity of the skin wears away, the slack builds up more easily, causing turkey neck.

Curing Turkey Neck

There are many things you can do to prevent turkey neck, but once it’s developed surgery is perhaps the only way to reverse this unsightly feature of aging.

If you are worried about developing turkey neck, moderating alcohol intake, not smoking, beauty rest, and regular exercise can keep the skin and muscles taught.

In terms of a surgical solution, there are two procedures that typically take place to rid yourself of turkey neck:

Cervicoplasty: This is a procedure meant to remove excess skin. Once the desired amount of skin is removed from the area in question, it is stitched back together with dissolvable sutures until it is healed.

Platysmaplasty: This is the procedure that tightens up the neck muscles—known as the platysma—through reconstruction.

The healing time for corrective turkey neck surgery is between one week and one month. When considering corrective turkey neck surgery, you will need to understand that the area will be sore, and must not be moved around too much. Effective healing for this procedure requires rest of the affected area.

If you are considering a corrective turkey neck surgery, it is above all crucial to go with the right professional. Paula Moynahan has decades of experience with this procedure and hundreds of others, so give us a call today at(212) 535 0800 to schedule your next consultation.

Here’s to you and your continued journey to beauty and self-esteem!