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Turkey Waddle or Saggy Neck?

November 16th, 2021

Saggy jowls

Neck sagging usually occurs right along with other changes to the face as we age. Laugh lines get more prominent and the jowls begin to sag, as the laxity of an aging neck skin causes it to look what is commonly referred to as turkey neck or turkey waddle. This usually requires a type of skin tightening procedure to get rid of the extra sagging skin.

Simple liposuction is not enough when loose skin is present. Sometimes saggy jowls may be disguised by a temporary procedure by injecting liposuctioned fat or medical fillers along the jaw line to plump up the area. Our NipntuckLite Medspa is ideal in correcting minor sagging for results without surgery. However, this measure is usually not enough when significant loose skin is apparent. For a more permanent solution, I usually recommend a facelift, which may easily address turkey waddle, in addition to resulting in a more youthful facial appearance overall. Fortunately, recent advances in techniques for facelift surgery have made relatively short recovery times possible now. Most of my patients can be out and about, looking great in about 5-6 days after the surgery. So, there is no need to keep a turkey neck unless, of course, it is Thanksgiving!

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