In today’s world, the terms “facelift” and “neck lift” are widely known and understood. Although the specifics of the procedures may remain a mystery, most men and women have a reasonable idea what the surgeries involve. Yet, despite the close relationship between the face and neck, most prospective rejuvenation patients consider the two surgeries as separate entities, never considering the benefit of blending the two into one procedure. If you’ve been unhappy with the way that aging has altered your face and neck, start thinking about a facelift and a neck lift as working in harmony. Here are just a few reasons why you should.
The Aging Face and Neck
Once the aging process kicks in, the look of your face will begin to change slowly. Likewise, you may notice some of the same side effects appearing on your neck, if they didn’t start there first. You’ll notice fine lines, wrinkles and creases, loose skin, sagging, a loss of volume, fat around the chin and jaw, and more. Overall, you’ll start looking older, tired, and maybe even sad.
Several factors are at play when the aging process begins. First, the fibrous tissue connecting skin to muscle will weaken and droop, like springs that are worn out. The skin and underlying tissue will begin to sag with the help of gravity, while the fat deposits beneath it slip down to collect around the chin and neck. The face droops, wrinkles begin to form, and jowls might begin around the jawline. A breakdown in the skin’s elasticity contributes to these symptoms, accelerating the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and creases.
The neck is also involved in this process of change, as the area beneath the jaw loses definition and fat cells are collected. The angle between the chin and throat will round out as the skin loosens, leading to “turkey neck.” Loose skin and muscles begin to form bands, giving the neck a stringy appearance. Like the face, the neck can succumb to the many changes that cause an older appearance.
Facelift Surgery to Fight the Aging Face
Facelift surgery can come to the rescue for prospective patients in their 30s, 40s, and beyond. No matter what degree of aging signs you are experiencing, the facelift procedure can turn back the clock up to 10 years and help to reverse those troubling signs. Women and men at nearly any age can benefit from the techniques used during facelift surgery to address problems with loose skin, wrinkles, displaced fat deposits, and weakened tissue supports. There are many different styles of facelift surgery available today and your facial plastic surgeon will tailor your procedure to suit your unique needs.
Following facelift surgery, many patients will notice that the contour of the lower face has been redefined, especially the area of the jaw and chin. Excess fat cells will have been removed or redistributed to other locations of the face. The underlying tissues and supports will be strengthened. Loose, sagging fat will be laid out smoothly with the excess trimmed away. A facelift focuses on the lower portion of the face to deliver effective anti-aging measures.
Neck Lift Surgery to Reverse Aging of the Neck
Much like what facelift surgery will provide to the face, a neck lift surgery can reverse aging signs that have affected the look, feel, and contour of the neck. Basically, where the facelift surgery ends is where the neck surgery begins. From just beneath the chin and jaw, down through the neck, your surgeon will concentrate his efforts to rejuvenate this key area of the body. The skin, muscles, underlying tissues, and fat deposits of the neck will be manipulated to achieve the desired results.
Using incisions behind the ear and the hairline, your facial plastic surgeon will focus on tightening and smoothing the neck to create more youthful contours and definition. The incisions used for a neck lift are often the same as those required for a facelift. If needed, an extra incision will be placed just beneath the chin to concentrate on this area of the face and neck.
Benefits of Combining Two Procedures Into One
While it might be intimidating to think about having two surgeries at once, the facelift and neck lift procedures lend themselves to this approach quite nicely. In fact, you won’t really notice a thing, except for doubly great results after surgery. Pair the facelift and neck lift surgeries to discover the many benefits they can offer:
• A complete result. When the face and neck are both showing aging signs, treating one area and not the other is risky. Your toned neck will make your sagging face look even older and vice versa. For a true and complete rejuvenation, the two procedures work best together.
• Less time for planning. Instead of taking these surgeries one at a time, planning them together means you’ll only have to do one consultation meeting and one set of pre-op appointments. It’s much easier to make room in your schedule this way.
• Two recoveries in the time of one. Adding a facelift to your neck lift surgery won’t lengthen your recovery time at all. The only real difference is that you may be sore and bruised in a larger area, but even then, it’s not that much more. Your instructions, restrictions, and recovery timeframe will be much the same for one or two of these surgeries.
• Save some money. Many facial plastic surgeons are sensitive to patients’ budgets and financial restrictions, but they also understand you want to look your best. Talk to your surgeon about payment options and potential savings from booking two procedures together.
• A full rejuvenation. Focusing the lower face and neck, more than any other area, gives patients the biggest youthful boost.
Design Your Own Facelift and Neck Lift Surgery Today
To learn more about how facelift and/or neck lift surgery could help reverse your unique aging signs, start out right by booking a consultation with Dr. Andrew Frankel, board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ENT). His focus is on facial rejuvenation, especially through procedures such as the facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery, as well as rhinoplasty. Since 1994, Dr. Frankel has been practicing at the Lasky Clinic and earned recognition as an expert in his field. He has many publications on a variety of topics including midface lifts, Botox, rhinoplasty, and more. To consult with Dr. Frankel, contact the Lasky Clinic located at 201 South Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills, California. Call (310) 552-2173 to schedule your appointment today.