A facelift and a neck lift are excellent procedures that help individuals achieve a more lifted, youthful appearance on their face and neck. If you struggle to decide which procedure to get, here’s what you need to know.
Should You Get a Facelift, Necklift, or Both?
A facelift treats the jowls, known as skin sagging down from the corners of your mouth that hides your normal underlying jawline (mandibular border). Since jowls typically form from cheek tissue sitting too low on the face, a facelift works by lifting your cheek tissue while at the same time treating your jowls.
A neck lift, on the other hand, treats the sagging skin of your lower neck, and it does so by tightening and removing excess skin behind the ears.
For a significant tightening effect on the jawline, most people in their 50s to 80s will need a facelift to pull the cheeks up first and then a neck lift to tighten the loose skin on the neck.
Facelift and Neck Lift Techniques
A mini facelift involves an incision just in front of the ear, and it serves to subtly tighten up cheek tissue. This procedure is done through an incision in front of each ear that helps to move the cheek upwards to tighten the skin.
A full facelift is more aggressive than a mini facelift; however, it creates a more significant transformation that lasts longer. With a full facelift, an incision is placed in front of and behind each ear. Then, the skin and the deep, superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) layer of the face are both used to lift the cheek and treat the jowls.
Full or Extended Neck Lift
A full or extended neck lift involves an incision behind each ear and along each side of the lower hairline. Through these incisions, the excess or loose neck skin is tightened and moved upward and backward. This is the most reliable technique to treat loose skin on the neck.
Short Scar Neck Lift
A short scar neck lift is done through only a singular incision underneath the chin. There is no skin removal, and no skin is pulled back or up. Through just the incision, the deep muscle layers of the neck are manipulated and tightened. In other words, a short scar neck lift involves sculpting the deeper tissues of the neck and then relying on the skin of the neck to tighten up and re-drape on its own.
Talk to an Experienced Plastic Surgeon About a Facelift or Neck Lift in Gulf Breeze, FL
Restore Plastic Surgery focuses on precision and comfort when it comes to bringing clients the procedures they need to achieve their aesthetic goals.
If you’re ready to experience world-class results for your facelift or neck lift procedure, schedule an appointment with Restore Plastic Surgery by calling (850) 500-7527.