What Is the Difference Between a Lower Facelift and a Neck Lift?
Depending on the plastic surgeon, you’ll receive different definitions of lower facelifts and neck lifts. Some doctors don’t distinguish between the two and they conclude that a neck lift also addresses the lower face. Meanwhile, other doctors separate the two procedures. The lower face starts at the cheekbone and ends at the jawline, while the neck starts at the jawline and ends at the clavicle.
The difference between a lower facelift and neck lift may be subject to debate, everyone agrees that the neck and the lower face are closely related, which explains why definitions become subjective.
Is It Time for a Full Facelift?
During the facelift consultation, we discuss the different types of facial procedures before explaining what would be the best solution to address their individual concerns.
Many women in their 40’s start to notice changes in their skin such as fine wrinkles and deepening furors that cause them concern. Although they might not benefit from a lift, they appreciate the opportunity to address their concerns with a plastic surgeon to discuss their options. The consultation demonstrates how a lower facelift or neck lift might improve their appearance when they are ready to have something done.
Rejuventation of the face can be achieved by focusing solely on a patient’s neck, jowls, and jaws in some cases. This is especially the case if a patient regularly receives botox or fillers such as collagen, hyaluronic acid, hydroxylapatite, and fat.
However, in other cases, patients may need to undergo a full facelift to achieve their goals. Many of my full facelift patients, both male and female, are in their 60’s. It is not uncommon for patients who have previously had a lift to undergo a revision as the aging process continues.
Regardless of the specific procedure undertaken, all plastic surgery operations should be taken seriously. Complications can occur and it is important to know what they are before undergoing any elective surgery.
The difference in terminology used by surgeons is often confusing to patients, but a thorough explanation can clarify the issue.
Your consultation is designed to uncover the best procedure and approach for you. Although you may not know the difference between a full facelift, a neck lift, and a lower facelift, by researching ahead of time, you’ll be better prepared to ask informed questions, which will contribute to the overall success of your facial plastic surgery procedure.