I have a turkey neck and am 67! What is best?

I'm 67 now and have a turkey neck. I actually have 2 but the right side hangs lower. I've just lost 20 pounds and in the process of losing more. What's the best advice for me?

Good for you for losing the weight – it doesn’t always happen easily.   Nonsurgical treatments for necks are beginning to improve, but at 67 if you really want an effective treatment for a lot of laxity and prominent bands in the front (platysmal bands), surgery will still be your most effective option. 

Please do not try to “save money” by going to someone sketchy.   This is your health!!  Look for a board certified plastic surgeon  or facial ENT (not a “cosmetic” surgeon).  A “plastic” surgeon or a facial plastics ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) both have much more training than the “cosmetic” surgeons, who are not required to do a surgical residency before going into aesthetics.  Many people don’t know this.

Also, get at least 2-3 opinions, don’t rush the consultation process, and make sure there is hospital access close by or you are in a hospital for the surgery, in case there is a problem during the surgery.   Also, insist on a board certified anesthesiologist – please ask and don’t just assume they are using one!

Hope this helps,  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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