Of all the visible signs of aging, turkey neck is one of the very worst.  If you live in Tampa or any warm climate, it is almost impossible to hide a turkey neck or saggy neck skin once it has developed.  It is also a condition that is difficult to avoid.  Avoiding the sun, wearing sunscreen and staying hydrated can help stave off the sagging skin but turkey neck will often appear because of age or heredity.  The good news is that advances in cosmetic plastic surgery now make it possible to restore the neck and tighten up the skin for a more youthful appearance.

Actual sagging neck patient before and after

Actual sagging neck patient before and after – Patient Results may vary

How Saggy Neck Skin Becomes Turkey Neck

The skin along the front of the neck is extremely thin and is an area of the body that is frequently exposed to the elements.  While many people in Tampa religiously apply sunscreen to their face, the neck can frequently be overlooked.  However, even the regular application of sunscreen may not prevent the skin from sagging.  Genetics are to blame for some cases of turkey neck, age is a big reason but also weight gain and loss can be a contributing factor as well.  Because the skin along the neck is so thin, it tends to dry out faster than elsewhere and the neck is prone to lots of movement which stretches the skin a little over time.  Once the skin loses the ability to bounce back into place, then gravity takes over and a saggy neck or turkey neck advances over the years.

Stop Sagging Neck and Tighten Up a Turkey Neck

Once a turkey neck has developed, there are no quick over-the-counter solutions to make it disappear.  There are no exercises that will restore the neck, nor are there any miracle potions that will give the skin back the elasticity lost.  In most cases, the best solution to a sagging neck is a neck lift.  A neck lift is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that will tighten the skin along the front of the neck and restore the angle between the neck and chin.  However, there are several different types of neck lift procedures available in Tampa and not all are equal in effectiveness.  There are also some that advertise non-surgical options to improve the appearance of the neck but these are to be avoided.  A true neck lift requires surgery in order to stretch the skin along the neck as well as the underlying muscle and tissue.  If a practitioner recommends a treatment that will impact only the outer skin, then it will be only a very temporary fix if it works at all.

According to Dr. Dominic M. Castellano, a facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, there is a variety of neck lift techniques that can tauten the neck tissue and improve appearance.  The older style surgery of the traditional neck lift involves a series of incisions made both under the chin and behind the ears.  This allows a surgeon to reach the platysma muscle along the front of the neck which is the key to providing a good lift.  While this conventional surgery is very effective, there is a long recovery period and more possibility of scarring than some of the newer techniques.  Dr. Castellano favors a less invasive neck lift which was developed at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery.  Called the Simplicity Neck Lift, this procedure requires only one small incision made under the chin.  This provides the opening needed to tighten the platysma muscle and stretch the outer skin to remove the sagging neck tissue.  Once completed, the recovery time is far reduced and the likelihood of any scarring is diminished.

Simplicity Neck Lift Reduces Saggy Neck Skin

The Simplicity Neck Lift offers a permanent solution to stop sagging neck and reverse the dreaded turkey neck.  It is equal to the older style surgery but is far less invasive and so less stressful on the body.  This procedure can tighten the skin and eliminate any banding or deep wrinkles in along the front of the neck.  It also will improve the angle of the neck to the chin which makes the patient look much younger, and in many cases, makes the patient look slimmer.  Once the saggy skin is removed, there is a clear definition established between the face and the neck.  The Simplicity Neck Lift can also correct the jaw line to help provide a more appealing look overall.  During a neck lift procedure, Dr. Castellano also may recommend facial liposuction to remove any excess fat that has gathered in deposits along the neck or in the jowls.  This is a beneficial addition to the surgery because it can be done at the same time and through the same incision without adding any additional downtime.

If you are concerned about your saggy neck and want to learn how to reduce your saggy neck skin, please contact Elite Facial Plastic Surgery to learn the details of the Simplicity Neck Lift procedure.  The complimentary consultation will provide you with all the information you need to determine if a neck lift is right for you and to find out more about how it will improve your appearance.  Call today to schedule an appointment today to meet Dr. Dominic Castellano and find out if you are a good candidate for a Simplicity Lift.

Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility under the direction of expert plastic surgeon, Dominic M. Castellano, MD.  Please contact us as (813) 975-3223 to schedule your free initial consultation or go to our website at www.EliteTampa.com for more information.

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