Submental W-Plasty for Correction of ‘Turkey Gobbler’ Deformities

Tamara K. Ehlert, J. Regan Thomas, Ferdinand F. Becker

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There are many causes and types of submental contour deformities. One such deformity called a turkey gobbler, is caused by an excess of flaccid submental skin and as an isolated defect is seen more commonly in men. We have found that skin excision and a running submental W-plasty for correction of this deformity yields a superior cosmetic result with excellent camouflage of the submental scar. Two cases are illustrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)714-717
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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