Wrinkles and fine lines appear on the face and the neck as a result of the aging process, sun exposure, smoking, heredity, and other factors. In addition to these wrinkles, loose sagging skin on the neck, sagging neck muscle tissue, and excess neck fat make the face appear even older.
Often, a combined facelift and a neck lift procedure is the ideal way to achieve a more youthful facial profile. These two procedures are each quite effective when it comes to rejuvenation, and having them both performed during the course of a single surgery can make a major difference.
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift addresses signs of aging on the lower face. Sagging skin, lines around the mouth, and volume loss are aging concerns that you can effectively address through a facelift procedure.
The facelift involves an incision in the hairline that extends to the area behind your ears. Through this incision, Dr. Compton tightens the facial muscles, redistributes fatty tissue, and removes loose sagging skin.
What Is a Neck Lift?
A neck lift can address concerns such as excess stubborn fat deposits, wrinkles, sagging skin, and drooping muscle tissue in the neck. This can correct the appearance of a “turkey wattle.”
The incision for an extensive neck-lift surgery can begin from the skin around the sideburns and extend beyond the ear. For less intensive neck-lift surgery, the incision can remain restricted around the ears alone. Depending on individual requirements, an incision under the chin may also be necessary.
A Combined Facelift and Neck Lift
A combined facelift and neck lift makes a lot of sense from a surgical standpoint. If you are opting for a facelift, a neck lift can also be performed using the same incision. Even when a small separate incision under your chin may be necessary for the neck lift, a major portion of the surgery will be done using the incision in your hairline and around the ears.
When you opt for the combined procedure, you will need only a single post-operative recovery period instead of two separate healing periods. Recovery time for both the facelift and the neck lift is around two weeks or less. You will also need to go under anesthesia only once.
People who only get a facelift still have wrinkles and sagging skin on their necks, giving away their true age. Fat under the chin or rolls of fat on the neck can get in the way of a youthful facial appearance. In the same way, jowls and deep lines around your mouth can take away from a smoother and more contoured neck.
Your Consultation – Take the First Step
If you are bothered by aging signs on your neck and lower face, consult with Dr. Andrew Compton, a skilled facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, to find out more about solutions. To schedule your consultation, contact our office.
During a consultation, Dr. Compton will examine your face and neck, and you will discuss your aesthetic goals and your medical history. Dr. Compton will then recommend the ideal procedure for you.