I am 45 years old and have a horrible turkey neck. Is this something that a facelift would fix or is there something called a neck lift or some other procedure that just addresses the neck?
Yes, certainly a regular facelift would be a suitable fix for something that is described as a turkey neck. However, there is also a procedure which involves doing what we call a post auricular neck lift which can be done under local anesthesia and involves incisions just behind the ear and in the hair which can also take care of a neck problem. However, if there are significant problems with the muscles underneath the jaw area in the neck, there may be necessity for having an incision to specifically address these muscles. Also, if there is a significant amount of jowl laxity it may be necessary to come in front of the ear and do some pull in that area. But again, to answer your question, a facelift certainly takes care of a turkey neck but there is also something that is more specific called a post auricular neck lift which can sometimes also take care of the problem and can be done under local anesthesia and often in less than an hour.
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