Are you interested in undergoing surgery to reverse signs of aging in the lower face, but you’re not sure if you need a facelift or a neck lift? That’s understandable, because there is a lot of confusion among patients about what’s the difference between a facelift and a neck lift, and what they can accomplish.
A facelift and neck lift can both rejuvenate the lower face, and give you a refreshed, youthful appearance. However, they do this by targeting different aspects of facial aging. There is often conflicting information about the areas of the face that can be addressed by a facelift and a neck lift, so it’s a good idea to examine both procedures in some detail, in order to understand how they differ.
What does a facelift address?
A facelift also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates the mid to lower face. It addresses loose, sagging skin around the cheeks, mouth, and jawline, as well as excess skin and fat beneath the chin.
The incisions for a traditional facelift are typically made behind the ears and along the hairline. The surgeon is then able to reposition the underlying facial muscles, and sculpt and redistribute fat as required. The skin is redraped over the new facial contours, and the excess skin trimmed away.
What does a neck lift address?
A neck lift is a surgical procedure that addresses aging along the jawline and neck. It restores neck contours and refines the jawline by removing excess neck skin and fatty deposits below the chin. A neck lift also tightens the platysma muscles in the neck, and gets rid of horizontal lines or bands.
Neck Lift Surgery
A neck lift usually begins with incisions made behind the ears, as well as below the chin. The surgeon will then tighten the neck muscles and underlying tissues, and remove excess skin. Any extra fat beneath the chin will also be taken out, and in some cases this may require liposuction.
What’s The Difference Between a Facelift and a Neck Lift?
Based on the foregoing, it’s obvious that a facelift and neck lift can both improve sagging skin around the face and neck, and reduce signs of aging. But how are they different?
A facelift improves the appearance by tightening the skin and reducing wrinkles, to enhance facial contours, but it does not treat the neck. It therefore improves the cheeks as well as the lower face i.e. nasolabial folds, marionette lines, jowls, and jawline.
On the other hand, a neck lift focuses on the chin and neck. It’s the ideal way to wipe away that dreaded double chin or ‘turkey wattle,’ which is the sagging on the front of the neck. A neck lift contours the neck by tightening the platysma muscle, and defining the area under the chin.
Heaviness and sagging under the chin is often caused by the stretching of the platysma muscle as a consequence of aging. The platysma muscle extends from the neck, and is attached to the skin on the lower mouth and jawbone. Tightening the platysmal muscle during a neck lift, therefore improves the contours of the jawline and neck. A neck lift may be combined with liposuction to reduce excess fat beneath the chin.
Which procedure is the right one for you?
Whether you need a facelift or neck lift will depend on the specific issues that need to be corrected, as well as your aesthetic goals. It’s important to have expert input from a board certified plastic surgeon, to help determine which procedure would be the right one for you.
The plastic surgeon will consider your personal preferences and aesthetic goals when deciding which procedure will give you the best outcome.
In some cases the plastic surgeon may recommend a combined face and neck lift, in order to achieve optimal results.
Would you like to learn more about facelift and neck lift surgery?
If you are in the eastern South Carolina area, contact Nirvana Plastic Surgery Myrtle Beach, SC to find out more.
Call 843-839-2004 today to set up a consultation.