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turkey-with-sagging-neck-skinThe holidays have just passed, and many of us gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends in November. Among the most notable traditions of Thanksgiving is the turkey. Although the turkey has become a custom dish on Thanksgiving and is delicious to most, it is also one of the least attractive creatures. Many people may be looking at their neck and suddenly notice it resembles that of a turkey’s, making the entire facial structure unflattering and unappealing.  

Also known as the “turkey wattle,” excess hanging skin and tissue along the neck is the typical aftermath caused by the natural aging process or significant weight loss. Even with over-the-counter treatments, hanging skin and tissue cannot be corrected without surgery. Radiofrequency, ultrasonic, and laser treatments also offer minimal improvement. Neck lift surgery is an ideal solution for creating a more youthful neckline and overall better facial harmony.

What is neck lift surgery?

Some people develop signs of aging due to stress, sun, lack of sleep, and smoking. Genetics and aging often contribute to the development of lax skin, drooping fatty tissue, fine lines, and wrinkles. A neck lift is an ideal solution for addressing aging of the neck. The neck lift is part and parcel of a facelift; however, if a patient undergoes a mini facelift, it will not correct the “turkey wattle” signs of aging in the neck. Dr. William Jervis performs the most advanced facelift techniques to offer patients quality and long-lasting results. During a facelift/neck lift, he can smooth loose skin on the face and neck while tightening the deep underlying tissues up to the skin as well as the skin.

How are neck lift and facelift surgery performed?

Before and After FaceliftNeck lift and facelift surgery are performed using intravenous sedation (mini facelift only) or general anesthesia. Typically, an incision is made at each temple that extends around the bottom of the earlobe and up behind the ear, crosses over the mastoid, and then runs down at or behind the hairline. Sagging cheeks, jowls, and loose neck skin are corrected as the tissues are tightened and excess skin is removed, and then the tissues are repaired at the sutures. During a consultation, Dr. Jervis can go over incision methods and which approach will work best for you.

To ensure finesse and precision when performing facelift and neck lift surgery, Dr. Jervis employs the adjustable vector tissue adhesive (AVTA) method that he developed. This technique allows him to remove excess skin while easily controlling the direction of pull and precise tension control of the skin. A tissue adhesive glue (ARTISS) is used to attach the skin to the deeper facial tissues. By using this tissue adhesive, postoperative bruising and swelling are reduced. Patients can expect to have an easier recovery process and can see visible results sooner.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, facelift surgery makes you look 12 years younger. Many patients can enjoy their results for many years! After facelift and neck lift surgery, they are thankful for their newly refreshed face and neck that look more youthful and vibrant!

If you have a “turkey wattle” you would like to get rid of, a facelift/neck lift may be the right procedure for you! Schedule your consultation with Dr. Jervis today! Contact us by calling (925) 937-7100 or by filling out our online contact form.