How do I know if I need a facelift or a neck lift?

There is overlap with neck lift and facelift procedures. Unless it’s a full facelift, a limited incision facelift (e.g., mini lift, S lift) improves the lower face, jawline, and neck primarily. A neck lift improves the neck only. Facelift surgery involves incisions around the ear, while a neck lift typically has an incision only under the chin. A facelift is more likely required when loose skin is present that needs to be lifted, while a neck lift is more likely required when there is loose neck muscle (i.e., platysma) which creates bands. A neck lift can be performed with liposuction or chin implant too.

A consultation with a facelift surgeon will help determine what factors are contributing to one’s appearance, and subsequently what procedures are appropriate to rejuvenate the face and neck.

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