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June 1990

Submental W-Plasty for Correction of 'Turkey Gobbler' Deformities

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Mo (Drs Ehlert and Thomas). Dr Becker is in private practice, Vero Beach, Fla.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116(6):714-717. doi:10.1001/archotol.1990.01870060072013

• 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.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116:714-717)

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