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I Have a ‘Turkey Neck’: What Procedure Is Right for Me?

 I Have a ‘Turkey Neck’: What Procedure Is Right for Me?

A turkey’s wattle has important roles, helping it maintain its body temperature, scare off predators, and even attract a mate. But on a human, a turkey neck does only one thing: It makes you look older.

At Rostami OPC, Soheila Rostami, MD, and Joseph Davidson, MD, offer multiple options to help patients deal with loose, sagging neck skin, including surgery and noninvasive options. If you have a turkey neck, these treatments can help.

Surgical neck lift

Neck lift surgery is the traditional choice for treating a turkey neck. During a neck lift, the surgeon makes incisions around the ear, accessing the neck skin and underlying muscles and tissues in the jowl and neck area.

Using these incisions, the surgeon removes excess skin and repositions supporting muscles and tissues, redistributing fat and tightening muscles for a smoother, tighter, lifted appearance. 

A surgical neck lift provides the most dramatic and longest-lasting results of all the options listed here — but it’s also important to remember that a neck lift is surgery, and that means it carries additional risks. It also creates a scar which, in most cases, is cleverly concealed. 

The recovery following a surgical neck lift is also longer than the other options, with swelling that can take months to completely subside. And of course, a surgical neck lift is also the most costly option.


MyEllevate skin tightening is an outpatient treatment that uses special injectable sutures to gently lift loose, sagging skin around your neck and jowls. 

The treatment takes about an hour, and it’s performed using a local anesthetic to numb the injection sites and keep you comfortable. Afterward, you can go right back to your regular routine.

During the procedure, our doctors evaluate your anatomy to determine the best placement for each suture injection. The sutures are inserted under your skin using a specialized applicator. The sutures are designed to gently grip underlying tissue so your doctor can gently lift the tissue upward.

Once the neck tissue is repositioned, the sutures are anchored to maintain the lift. In addition to providing an immediate result, MyEllevate sutures promote collagen development beneath your skin, helping skin appear firmer over time.

EndyMed 3Deep®

EndyMed 3DEEP uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to gently heat deeper layers of skin in the neck and jaw area. Applied noninvasively through your skin, RF energy shrinks collagen fibers, providing a gentle lift, firmer skin, and tighter contours. 

RF energy also helps promote a natural healing response in your skin, triggering increased development of new, healthy collagen fibers for firmer results over time. Like MyEllevate, there’s no downtime following your treatment, and there’s no need for a local anesthetic, either.

Making the choice

Offering multiple options means our doctors can work with you to decide on the option that suits your needs and your expectations. 

During your consultation, we evaluate your neck and facial anatomy, review your medical history, discuss your goals, and help you choose the procedure that’s right for you. 

Don’t let a turkey neck make you feel less than confident about your appearance. To learn more about solutions that can help tone and tighten your neck area, call 571-568-8716 or book an appointment online with the team at Rostami OPC in Reston, Virginia, today.

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