I’d like to take this moment to specifically thank you all for reading this blog, and especially, all of our patients for making our practice so special–
It’s perhaps our least-favorite body part: the dreaded “turkey neck.” You know … the sagging skin under your chin that ruins a good photo, destroys your profile image, and screams “gobble gobble”?
Now that you’ve been traumatized with the visual, do the self-gobble check. Look in the mirror, face front, then turn to either side. No cheating. No tightening of the jawline or stretching the neck like an ostrich. Relax, let the jowls down, and have a moment of honesty with yourself. No ones watching, the camera is off (promise).
Now turn to either side. Do you have skin that cuts the hypotenuse of the triangle between you’re the base of your neck and your chin? If the answer is yes, then you, my friend, have the turkey gobble.
This isn’t meant to be hurtful, it’s fact. Patients race to Dr. Shah for this specific reason asking him to remove their “gobble.” Dr. Shah can perform different procedures to get rid of that stubborn excess fat:
- A neck lift is a procedure that is intended to lift the neck area. With aging, the neck can sag. This can be a result of a loss of elasticity in the skin in the neck, extra fat accumulating in the neck, separation or banding of the muscles of the neck. Treating the neck requires that the surgeon can adequately identify the underlying cause of the sagging.
- Liposuction can also rejuvenate the neck area. Standard liposuction of the neck is not necessarily the cure all for all necks with lipomatous changes. If the fat is located in a subplatysmal level, fat may need to be directly accessed here. In some cases, the fat is fibrous and not amenable to liposuction.
- Chin Implantation can be done in addition. Placing the implant on the front part of the chin extends the mandible outwards and gives more visual distance between the Adam’s apple and the front part of the chin. Occasionally liposuction and/or a neck lift is done at the same time as the chin implant to remove any fat in the neck.
Determining which procedure is right for you and technical excellence are critical to getting the outcome you’re looking for.
Enjoy Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones and just remember: It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.