The Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skin Care
5920 W. William Cannon Drive, Mesa Oaks Building Seven, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78749
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Turkey Day Doesn’t Have to Mean “Turkey Neck”

Dr. Piazza

Author – Dr. Piazza

The turkey is an ever-popular symbol of the Thanksgiving holiday, but can we all agree that the bird itself will never win a beauty contest? One of the most identifying features that distinguish this animal is the loose-hanging clump of skin on the neck or “waddle.” Many of us humans have developed our own variation of a turkey waddle over the years. However, unlike the turkey we have the option of doing something about it, whether that something is Austin plastic surgery or a non-surgical alternative.

What causes the skin of the neck to loosen the way it does? Different people have different levels of skin elasticity due to a variety of factors. Smokers and sun worshippers tend to suffer from loose skin at a relatively early age, while others may simply have a genetic predisposition for skin laxity. Fatty accumulation can create a wobbly double chin. The looser the muscles underneath the skin, the larger a “waddle” you may develop. “Turkey neck” is not uncommon beginning in middle age — many of the patients that I see are in their forties and fifties and ask me about a neck lift or facelift at my Austin, TX practice. The solution to a turkey neck is usually found with surgical repositioning of the soft tissue of the face. A facelift can dramatically improve the contours of the neck and restore the jaw line giving a more youthful appearance.

For patients who want less invasive treatment options, an injectable such as BOTOX® Cosmetic may be an option for prominent muscle bands in the neck in patients with good skin tone. But that fix is only temporary, lasting about two to three months. Liposuction can also be used to reduce the volume of fat under the chin, but this requires proper patient selection.


What is right for you? If you really want to make sure you choose the right treatment for you, call 512-288-8200 or contact my office and schedule a time for us to visit to discuss face and neck rejuvenation. I am more than happy to advise you on how to leave the “turkey neck” to the turkeys!

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