A facelift and a neck lift accomplish similar results and have similar outcomes – they result in significant improvements to weak muscles and saggy skin around the face and neck. The outcome of these procedures is an immediate reduction of the visible signs of aging. The procedures are often combined into a single procedure yielding the enhancing benefits of both. A facelift and a neck lift produce long-lasting results. Both procedures share similar degrees of invasiveness and recovery periods.
What are the differences?
- Facelift – There are various types of facelift surgeries, but generally speaking, when plastic surgeons describe a facelift procedure they are referring to the technique of pulling up the skin at the cheeks, toward the forehead. Incisions are made primarily in front of the ear. The facelift focuses on improving the cheeks, lower face, jowls, and jawline. It reduces wrinkles and corrects sagging skin in those specific areas.
- Neck Lift – Neck lift surgery uses a technique that pulls excess skin under the chin, jawline, and jowls. Incisions are generally placed behind the ears and below the chin. A neck lift pulls the hanging skin under the chin, the jowls and the jawline. A neck lift corrects the area below the chin – common called the “turkey neck.”
The most commonly performed procedure is the combination of a lower-face and neck lift. The incisions are placed around the ear and occasionally, below the chin.
Are these procedures for you?
Here’s a technique to try at home:
- To mimic a facelift, place your fingers at the top of your cheekbones and push your skin upward and back.
- To mimic a neck lift, place your fingers below your jawline, outside your jaw, and push upward and back.
The best way to determine which procedure is right for you is to call and schedule a consultation appointment: (414) 443-0033.