What Is The Cost Of A Direct Necklift To Get Rid Of My Turkey Waddle?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am 72 years old and am only interested in getting rid of my turkey waddle with a direct necklift. Surgeons here in New York  do not want to do this surgery because it is an older technique. I have had a consult with a surgeon here in New York but his cost was well  over 10k for this simple surgery. 

A: Thank you for your inquiry. The reason surgeons are hesitant to do this surgery (direct necklift) is because of the scar that runs down the middle of the neck….which in women is much more of a concern that it is in men who have beard skin which heals better than non-hair bearing skin.

While a direct necklift is less invasive surgery with a quicker recovery than a traditional lower facelift, I would not call it ‘simple’ surgery. It still requires time and good technique to adequately get rid of the turkey waddle while creating a fine line scar in a visible area of the neck. 

I will have my assistant Camille pass along the cost of the surgery to you tomorrow.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana