August 29, 2016 – Probably almost everyone has heard the phrase ‘turkey neck’ that refers to
unwanted excess skin that can form on the neck below the chin. Many facelift procedures are
performed to eliminate lines and wrinkles in the face, as well as the dreaded turkey neck.
But a recent study highlighted in Science Daily shows that one particular facelift technique
is more effective in preventing the return of turkey neck.
According to a study performed by cosmetic surgeon Darrick E. Antell and reccently published
in the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, full-incision facelift is much better
than short-scar or mini facelift for preventing turkey neck from returning.
The study was performed on identical twins and triplets. The patients who opted for the
short-incision facelift instead of the long-incision technique began to redevelop the turkey
neck, or excess loose skin on their necks, about five years after their cosmetic surgery
procedure. Those in the study who had the long-incision facelifts did not show signs of
redeveloping turkey neck at the five year mark. Patients who have the long-incision
technique can normally expect no relapse of turkey neck for eight to ten years.
So even though the short-scar or mini facelift technique generally means a shorter recovery
time, the results most likely won’t last as long as they would with a long-incision
facelift. Talking over your options with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon can help you
decide which facelift technique is best for you personally, in terms of both expectations,
results and recovery time.