A “turkey neck” is one sign of aging that most women in Tampa wish to avoid.  It is mainly caused by the aging process and exposure to the sun, although genetics and other factors can be involved as well.  As we get older, the skin on the neck becomes drier, thinner and less elastic.  At the same time, our muscles along the front of the neck tend to stretch out and become lax.  Plus any excess weight can migrate from the facial tissue into the lower jaw and under the chin, which all works together to create the “turkey neck.”

How to Avoid Turkey Neck

There are few ways to avoid developing a turkey neck outside of the normal precautions against aging.  Keep to a healthy diet loaded with fruits and vegetables, and drink a lot of water to stay fully hydrated.  Avoid smoking and alcohol use as both will dry the skin faster and allow the connective tissue to degenerate more quickly.  Always wear sunscreen and try to limit exposure to the sun as much as possible.  These tips may help you stave off the development of turkey neck for a few extra years but if you are genetically predisposed to the condition, then there is not much you can do to improve appearance outside of having a neck lift.

Cure for Turkey Neck

If you are already displaying signs of turkey neck, the loose folds of skin along the front of the neck along with vertical or horizontal banding, then it may be too late for any non-surgical solutions.  There are no effective creams or lotions that can reduce the wrinkling or help tighten up the neck skin enough to show improvement.  For those women in Tampa that have already started to see sagging neck tissue, wearing a scarf or turtleneck is not a realistic option in the brutal Florida heat.  The good news is that a neck lift is a way to permanently repair the damage and allow you to look years younger.

A neck lift surgery traditionally involves a series of incisions made under the chin and behind the years to access the platysma that runs along the front of the neck.  If this muscle is loose, it will sag and create the “waddle” under the chin.  A neck lift will tighten up the platysma muscle as well as stretch the neck skin taut to reduce the wrinkles and banding.  Once completed, the excess tissue is removed and the muscle and skin stitched back into place.  Once healing is completed, the patient will often look noticeably younger and often times look slimmer.  The traditional neck lift is very effective at restoring the appearance of youth but the downtime necessary for this surgery can be prohibitive for many working adults.

Less Invasive Neck Lift Surgery can fix Turkey Neck

In the Tampa area, Dr. Dominic Castellano has introduced a less invasive neck lift technique that requires far less downtime than the older surgical procedure.  Dr. Dominic is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience.  He designed the Simplicity Neck Lift to allow all the benefits of traditional surgery but does not need as long a recovery period.  With the Simplicity Neck Lift, Dr. Dominic uses fewer and smaller incisions to tighten the platysma muscle and to pull smooth the skin along the neck.  A special pulley stitch will hold all the surgery into place and the results are often permanent. The Simplicity Neck Lift will reduce all the banding along the neck, remove the sagging neck tissue and improve the angle between the chin and the neck.  If there is any excess fat in the lower face or neck area, facial liposuction may be recommended to provide the most attractive and natural outcome.

If you would like to learn more about the Simplicity Neck Lift and find out if this innovative surgery is right for you, please contact Elite Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Dominic.  Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility located in Tampa Florida. Medical Director, Dr. Dominic Castellano, is a highly respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon.  The medical team is well trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and injectable procedures.  Call (813) 975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information www.EliteTampa.com


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