Love The Turkey, Not the Turkey Neck

by Dr. Brunner| December 3, 2019 | Practice News
You love holiday turkey, but don’t like looking like one. Yes, you have that dreaded turkey neck, even though you steadfastly avoid the sun (mostly) and always remember to moisturize your neck (sometimes). 

Whether you inherited your turkey neck from your parents or are the first in the family to sport that unflattering pouch of skin under your chin, there’s one thing you want more than anything for your Holiday gift this year: A long, sleek, youthful-looking neck. And once you achieve that dream, you’ll treat your neck skin with the tender care it deserves. You swear. 

So, how can you give yourself the gift of a second chance and put away your copy of Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck for good? The answer all depends on just how far your wattle’s gone. 

Eugenie Brunner, MD, FACS, is an expert plastic surgeon in Princeton, New Jersey, who also has an artist’s sensibilities and skill. She considers herself to be very fortunate because she receives her holiday gifts every single day by helping her patients achieve their aesthetic goals. Watching women and men regain their confidence after their procedures gives her a thrill and a sense of satisfaction every single time. 

Your Turkey Neck Treatment Options

 When you come to Dr. Brunner for a turkey neck consultation, she takes a good look at how much sagging you actually have and evaluates the quality of your skin, too. While you may lose sleep over your wattle, the solution could actually be quite simple. 

 Here are a few of the treatments Dr. Brunner might recommend — singly or in combination — so that you can step into the holiday season looking and feeling like a beautiful swan instead of its less elegant cousin:

Smartlipo

Your poultry pouch might be caused by a small amount of fat that’s easily removed with a Smartllipo treatment to your submental area. Smartlipo is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses the power of laser energy to melt chin fat so it’s more easily removed. Smartlipo alone only takes 1-2 hours, and requires just 2-3 days of recovery, making it a perfect choice as a last-minute holiday-party solution. As an added benefit, the laser’s energy stimulates your skin to produce more collagen, which tightens your skin over the next few months. SmartLipo gets rid of a double chin and also gives you the firmer jawline you crave.

Skin Tightening Options

Either in combination with Smartlipo or separately, nonsurgical laser therapy tightens the skin on your neck, taking up the slack that causes slight sagging and the beginnings of a turkey neck. Depending on your skin quality, Dr. Brunner chooses from state-of-the-art lasers such as:

Fractora RF/Morpheus 8 — radiofrequency (RF) energy triggers collagen production to tighten, firm, and recontour your skin. Also eliminates hyperpigmentation, wrinkling, and melts away excess chin fat with minimal downtime.

 Fraxel Re:pair ablative laser treatment that resurfaces skin to remove wrinkles and brown spots, plus stimulate the production of strengthening, tightening collagen and elastin. About 4-7 days of downtime and red face.

 Clear + Brilliant and PicoSure lasers — Just one Clear + Brilliant or PicoSure treatment only takes about 20 minutes but can erase years of aging on your neck or face. These lasers improve tone, erase excess pigmentation, and firm your skin over time with new collagen and elastin. You only need one or two treatments and little to no downtime.

 Laser skin tightening is best for the earliest stages of turkey neck. Your skin rebuilds itself, becoming tighter and firmer over a period of about six months. You may opt for biannual laser treatments to keep your face and neck looking lifted and youthful.

Thermage

Thermage uses RF energy to heat the inner layers of your skin, forcing them to contract and rebuild themselves. Over the next several months, your neck and chin skin remodels with strong new strands of collagen and elastin, lifting and tightening your neck.

Neck lift

If your turkey neck looks more like a tom’s than a chick’s, your best bet is a surgical neck lift that dramatically recontours and redrapes your neck. A beautifully performed neck lift erases 10-20 years from your appearance with just one procedure. 

 When Dr. Brunner performs a neck lift, she tightens the underlying platysma muscles, so that your neck lift lasts for a decade or more. She may also use liposuction or Smartlipo to remove under-chin fat and create even more of a tightening effect. To add dazzle to your rejuvenation, she may suggest adding a laser skin treatment. The laser’s heat helps your neck lift heal and makes your face and neck look radiant, energized, and youthful.

How To Sign Up For your Turkey Neck Consultation with Dr. Brunner.

 Find out which turkey neck treatment is best for you by setting up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Brunner today. It’s the best free gift you could give yourself this holiday season. 

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