EXPERT Q&A

Q: My mother has the classic turkey wattle below her chin, and I can see my skin getting a little loose, so I worry that I'm going to have the same. Do I do something early or wait until it gets bad?

What our experts say:

If you don’t mind looking bad for a while until it looks really bad then wait until you have your necklift. If you don’t ever want it to form, there are things you can do to prevent it from getting that bad. And depending on if there are bands there you can do a little Botox or Dysport. You can do Ulthera or even Thermage and tighten that area so that it never gets the big wattle. Do it preventively or right when it starts happening and that becomes your new starting point. Younger people don’t mind doing the maintenance, older people grew up waiting until it gets really bad and they have to get a facelift.

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Drs. Tina Alster, Rebecca Kazin & Brenda L. Pellicane

Dermatologist

Washington, District of Columbia

It's like anything in cosmetic surgery. You do something when it begins to bother you. So you don't necessarily look at the mother but you look at your situation now and if it bothers you then this is the time to treat it. A neck wattle is usually just a little bit of fat so you can do a necklift and liposuction to remove that, which is a 15 minute procedure, very easy. Or if there's a lot of skin now you can do a neck liposuction and a mini facelift with touchups over time.

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