Facelift vs. Neck Lift: What’s the Difference? By Dr. Suzanne Yee on August 24, 2020

older woman touching her neckThe face and neck are two of the first areas to show signs of aging. Cosmetic surgery can address these concerns and help patients achieve a younger-looking appearance. While a facelift produces rejuvenated facial features, a neck lift smooths and lifts the skin under the chin and around the neck.

Dr. Suzanne Yee performs both of these cosmetic procedures at our Little Rock, AR, practice. In this article, she explores facelift surgery in comparison to a neck lift and explains how these two treatments differ, and how they can achieve even more comprehensive results when performed together.

About Facelift Surgery

A facelift focuses on the mid and lower face, including the cheeks, jaws, and mouth. During this procedure, Dr. Yee creates incisions to access the underlying connective tissue and muscular structures. Next, she combines science and artistry by reshaping these structures for a more aesthetically pleasing look. Any excess fat or tissue is removed, and the skin is gently pulled taut and repositioned before closing the incisions with sutures. This technique offers dramatic, natural-looking results.

When Is a Facelift Recommended?

A facelift procedure is used to lift and reposition droopy or sagging areas of the mid- and lower face. Patients who undergo this procedure want to address:

  • Lines, wrinkles, and creases
  • Sagging jowls
  • Deep smile lines
  • Loss of definition

About the Neck Lift Procedure

In contrast to a facelift, a neck lift focuses on the neck and areas under the jawline. During this outpatient procedure, Dr. Yee creates incisions to access the muscular structure. She tightens these muscles to highlight the natural contours of the neck. She also removes any excess fat or tissue, utilizing liposuction if necessary. The remaining skin is lifted and smoothed over the muscular structure, then sutured into place. Dr. Yee uses the most advanced techniques to at our Little Rock office to avoid unnatural results.

When Is a Neck Lift Recommended?

A neck lift is recommended for those concerned about sagging skin under the chin or in the neck area. This procedure addresses:

  • Double chin
  • “Turkey wattle”
  • Sagging skin beneath the jawline

Combining Both Procedures for Comprehensive Results

Individuals with multiple concerns can achieve truly remarkable results by combining a facelift with a neck lift. This comprehensive procedure addresses sagging skin, wrinkles, and volume loss from the mid-face all the way down to the jawline, neck, and chin.

A combination approach helps enhance your appearance by addressing the most visible signs of aging. This will include removing or redistributing fat deposits, tightening the underlying muscles, and eliminating sagging, drooping skin.

Am I a Candidate?

To qualify for a facelift or neck lift, patients should be in good overall health and free from any medical conditions that could make cosmetic surgery a risk. They should also have a clear idea of why they wish to undergo the procedure and be committed to following postoperative guidelines. Lastly, individuals considering plastic surgery should have a full understanding of the procedure and recovery, and have realistic expectations for outcomes.

Schedule Your Cosmetic Surgery Consultation Today

Is sagging skin on the face or neck causing you to look older? Cosmetic surgery can address these issues and improve your confidence. To learn more about facelifts, neck lifts, or any of the other cosmetic procedures offered at our Little Rock, AR, practice, contact us online or call us at (501) 224-1044.

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Dr. Suzanne Yee

Suzanne Yee, MD

Dr. Suzanne Yee is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon in Little Rock, AR, who offers a wide variety of surgical and non-invasive treatments. Dr. Yee is affiliated with several prestigious organizations. Her memberships include:

  • Fellow of American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Fellow of American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
  • Fellow of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellow of American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc.
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

To schedule a consultation at our state-of-the-art surgical center, please contact us online or call (501) 224-1044.

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