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Correcting the Turkey Neck

Posted: July 25, 2013
Neck lift

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The advent of a 3D high definition telescope allows Rizk to view muscles, blood vessels and neck structures. He also uses endotine ribbons or flexible plastic cords that attach the soft tissues to the underlying muscles, holding them in their lifted position. “Tissue glue also allows us to avoid the use of drains,” he says. These sealants hold tissues close together so there is not extra space for fluid to build up. “No drains means a quicker recovery and fewer complications,” he says.

If the issue is localized fat pockets under the chin, liposuction alone may do the trick, he says. There are also some non invasive technologies that use ultrasound or radiofrequency energy to tighten and tone the neck. They target the collagen in the skin’s lower levels.

“Collagen is the main structural protein found in our skin,“ he says. "It is responsible for the supple elastic quality we associate with youth, but our collagen supply wanes with advancing age,” adds Rizk.

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