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For The Birds – Saying Goodbye to Your Turkey Neck

Neck Liposuction
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Dr. Phillip Chang

Board Certified By The American Board of Plastic Surgeons.
Voted Top Plastic Surgeon in Loudoun, Virginia
Offices in Leesburg, Virginia.

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There are many neck-contouring procedures that can get rid of that turkey wattle and make your neck, chin, and face look slimmer and younger.

As we age, fat gets more stubborn and skin starts to sag. We can hide this unwanted flabbiness in some areas, but one spot that is especially hard to cover up – and seems to age faster than everything else – is our necks. You don’t have to live your life wrapped up in scarves, though. There are many neck-contouring procedures that can get rid of that turkey wattle and make your neck, chin, and face look slimmer and younger.

Why Do Necks Age So Quickly?

Most experts believe that your neck ages faster than anything on your face. The skin on your neck is thin and delicate, making it more susceptible to environmental factors, like sun damage, and the simple effects of aging, like the depletion of collagen cells underneath your skin. While there are a million exercises and creams that try to tone your neck and produce collagen, most men and women find that they are fighting an uphill battle. Luckily, cosmetic surgeons have developed easier ways to turn back time and remove your wattle.

Surgical Options for Getting Rid Of Your Turkey Neck

There are several surgical procedures that can improve the appearance of your neck. Each one focuses on different areas, so you need to discuss which option will work best for you with your cosmetic surgeon. As with every surgery, make sure to go over recovery time and risks with your doctor so that you can make a well-informed decision.

Neck Liposuction

A neck liposuction procedure can remove excess fat from underneath the chin and around the neck. While it’s a wonderful way to get rid of a double chin, it doesn’t do much for sagging skin. It often works best for patients who still have lots of elasticity left in their skin, usually ranging in age from their 20s to 50s.

Neck Lift

A neck lift targets sagging skin by either removing excess skin (otherwise known as cervicoplasty) or tightening neck muscles (otherwise known as platysmaplasty). Depending upon your needs, your surgeon may recommend just one or both of these procedures to give you a graceful, firmer neck and chin. Neck lifts are often performed conjointly with facelifts to provide an overall makeover, but can also be done separately.

Non-Surgical Options for Getting Rid Of Your Turkey Neck

If you aren’t ready for surgery, there are still many non-surgical options for tightening that sagging skin. Consult with your doctor about the risks associated with each procedure, and see what options would work best for you. While some procedures may require several treatments, non-surgical options can provide permanent results just like their surgical counterparts.


KYBELLA is an FDA-approved injection that treats submental fullness in the chin area. It uses deoxycholic acid to break down and destroy fat cells permanently. The best feature about KYBELLA is that the treated cells can never store fat again. The only drawback of the procedure is that usually two to three treatments are needed to achieve the desired results.


SculpSure is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. It uses an FDA-cleared laser technology to destroy fat cells in the treated area permanently. The procedure is relatively painless and requires no downtime. Some patients may need more than one treatment to accomplish the necessary results, but the lack of potential side effects makes it a very comfortable and effective option.

Pro-Lipo Laser Liposuction

Often performed with Dr. Chang’s Mommy Makeover procedure, the Pro-Lipo laser liposuction procedure uses advanced laser technology to tighten skin and remove unwanted fat deposits. Patients often experience some swelling and bruising after the procedure, but it goes away within about 24 hours. This option works best for patients with lots of skin elasticity, so it may not be sufficient if your skin is already very loose.

Profractional Laser

The Profractional Laser can improve the texture and tightness of your skin by removing damaged tissue and stimulating new growth. It is a great option for patients looking to remove fine lines and wrinkles from their necks, but it does not treat excess skin or fat.

Getting a Youthful, Graceful Neck From Dr. Chang and Aesthetica

If you are embarrassed by your neck and feel like it is making you look older, then it’s time to contact Aesthetica and talk to Dr. Chang. He can guide you to the procedure that will work best for your body and your lifestyle. Aesthetica offers all the surgical and non-surgical options you need to obtain the youthful, taut neck of your dreams. It’s time to stop hiding behind layers of fabric; contact Aesthetica today to kiss that turkey neck goodbye.


Most frequent questions and answers

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The Acne Clear BBL is a cutting-edge acne treatment that uses the power of light to comfortably and effectively clear acne without expensive creams or toxic medicines…

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Treatment options include

  1. Creams such as hydroquinone and retin A.  Hydroquinone is a bleaching agent while Retin A increases cellular turnover.  Over-the-counter creams will generally not have high enough concentrations to be effective.
  2. Forever Young BBL – Cutting edge technology providing the most powerful and effective IPL option.

The Forever Young BBL uses Broad Band Light to alter skin melanin and rejuvenate cellular DNA.  Instead of spending time and money on ineffective skin care products many of our patients have turned to the Forever Young BBL to make their skin more vibrant and youthful; reducing brown and red pigmentation problems, promoting collagen, and rejuvenating cellular DNA. It is the most popular laser treatment in our clinic.

What to expect from the Forever Young BBL:

  • Treatments take 20-30 minutes
  • Up to 80% improvement after a single treatment.
  • Most patients will benefit from adding a Micro Laser Peel and a Profractional Laser Peel ( Triple Laser Package )
  • Fine facial lines and wrinkles are a result of UV sun damage, the breakdown of collagen, and a decrease in skin hydration. The Micro Laser Peel and the Profractional Laser are ablative lasers designed to reverse these changes.

    • The Micro Laser Peel precisely ablates the surface skin in order to remove UV damaged skin
    • The Profractional Laser ablates deep columns of skin that can reach to the deep dermis. This allows for skin contraction but it also encourages new cell grown and organizes new collagen

    Results depend on the depth of treatment. Recovery from a maintenance treatment can be as little as a day; but recovery from aggressive treatments can be as much as 7 days. Many patients will benefit from the addition of the Forever Young BBL ( Triple Laser Package ).

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