- Turkey Wattle: Your surgeon may recommend surgery, which involves making cuts under your chin or behind your ears or both to access a neck muscle called the platysma. Sometimes, that may even mean removing some muscle.
Newer procedures let your surgeon make smaller cuts and use an endoscope (a small camera attached to a thin tube) to do this surgery. Make sure you ask your surgeon for all your options during your consultation.
You and your surgeon will discuss what type of anesthesia to use, depending on your level of comfort. If you want to be asleep during the procedure, you should request general anesthesia. Otherwise, your surgeon can use local anesthesia with sedation. It’s up to you to make that choice.
Instead of surgery or in addition to it, Botulinum toxin injections can relax parts of the platysma that are responsible for the “band” appearance or look of fullness. Those injections can be done in 15 minutes on an outpatient basis, meaning no overnight stay.
- Liposuction: During liposuction, your surgeon will make a small cut below your chin and remove excess fat. If you are also getting other procedures, it is very common for cosmetic surgeons to begin with liposuction. You will be able to determine this with your doctor during your consultation.
If this is the only procedure you’re getting, you should plan on the operation lasting up to an hour. Your incisions will be stitched and bandaged. It’s important to make sure you understand and follow your doctor’s instructions on properly caring for the stitches and bandage.
- Too Much Skin on Your Neck: Your surgeon will trim parts of the skin and lift it into place, securing it with tissue glue or stitches. This takes about two to four hours, depending on the complexity of your procedure. Again, your type of anesthesia will depend on your own personal comfort level.
Your surgeon will fit you with a compression bandage that you will have to wear for at least 1 week unless instructed otherwise.