How Successful Is Webbed Neck Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I suffer from my neck, and after researching I concluded that it is called webbed neck, so I contacted one of your assistants on Facebook and gave me this website. I want to know how successful this surgery is and how dangerous it is, will the suture effect remain with me, and how long my recovery will be . And to be honest with you, I am very afraid of this surgery. I also want to reshape my ears.

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures. You indeed have a webbed neck deformity presumably of the mosaic variety. There is the classic low hairline that follows the upper webs and as well as the ears which are pulled down a bit and have some conchal hypertrophy.

This is one of the hardest webbed necks to improve due to the tightness of the neck tissues. This is first time I have ever seen a male with a webbed neck so the midline location of the posterior neck scar is more problematic than it would be in a female with longer hair in the back. This poses a unique challenge. The success of webbed neck corrections depends on how loose the skin is on the back of the neck and how easily the webs can be pulled inward.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indianapolis