Face lift vs. neck lift – which is right for you?

Posted on July 26, 2017 by Cynthia M. Poulos, M.D.

If you are considering cosmetic surgery for a youthful look, then you might have difficulty choosing

 which procedure to go for. For example, a face lift and neck lift might look similar, but they have their own differences that determine how your face might look. The one you choose should give you the best results but before deciding on either, you need to know what you are getting into.

There are a number of facelift surgeries available but all of them refer to a procedure that involves pulling up the skin from the cheeks towards the forehead. The plastic surgeon makes small incisions in the region of the ear and the procedure itself is focused on the lower face, cheeks, jawline, etc to reduce wrinkles and sagging of the skin.

In stark contrast, when a plastic surgeon performs a neck lift, he/she pulls excess skin from under the jawline, jowls and the chin. In this surgery, incisions are placed right behind the ears and right below the chin as well to hide them. This procedure pulls the skin hanging from those areas taut for a more youthful and wrinkle-free look. It is quite effective in treating turkey necks – the skin that drapes in front of the throat in old age or after considerable weight loss.

These two procedures are actually quite closely related to one another. Both of them are used to make the face appear younger and both are performed close to each other. That is why most plastic surgeons combine the two into one procedure. This eliminates excess fat from the face which can eventually move to the neck in time. Tighter and smoother skin results from both and in some people, these can have a very visible and dramatic impact.

Dr. Poulos can help you decide which procedure is right for you in her clinic. Whether you want to eliminate loose skin from your chin or need a younger looking face, you can get your answers from her as well as the surgery you need. She has been a private surgeon since 1995  and is also the owner of Classique Medical Spa. Many of the surgeries on offer include pre and post massages to relax patients. The clinic also offers a number of other transformative surgeries and non invasive body contouring ones as well. Get in touch with the clinic today and book an appointment.