A facelift can involve removing excess skin, smoothing out folds or wrinkles, and tightening facial tissue. It doesn't include a brow or eye lift, although these might be done at the same time. A facelift is only focused on the bottom two-thirds of the face and often the neck or décolletage.
Finally, the "lower face" includes everything below the corners of your mouth. That would include the nasolabial folds (laugh lines) and jawline. In many cases, a lower facelift addresses the area under the chin and the neck as well.
The terms neck lift and facelift can refer to the same procedure, since correcting or rejuvenating the neck generally involves lifting sagging neck tissues back where they belong on the face, so adequate correction of the neck usually requires a facelift.
A “full “ facelift means the entire face is lifted. That means your forehead, brows, eyes, jawline and neck. But a full facelift isn't just one surgery. Since you're lifting the entire face, different surgeries are indicated for specific anatomic areas.
In most cases, a facelift works best for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s when signs of aging begin to become prevalent. Deep lines, wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin are the result of the aging process and can be best corrected through surgical techniques rather than non-surgical ones.
Because both procedures alter tissue and skin on your face, both offer long-term results. In most cases, a mini facelift will last around ten years easily before another lift is needed. A full facelift can last approximately double that at twenty years.
However, you can expect your neck lift to last between 10 and 15 years if you remain in good health. If you opt for this procedure in your early 40s to address problems with the muscle structure in your neck, results will last a lot longer than if you are in your 60s and addressing loose, sagging skin.
Thankfully, a neck lift can successfully treat jawline, neck and chin fullness, giving your neck a youthful shape. Neck lift surgery can treat: Excess fat and skin relaxation in the lower face that creates jowls. Excess fatty deposits under the chin.
A mini neck lift is a surgical procedure that tightens and removes sagging skin in the neck and under the chin. The goal is to reposition the soft tissues in the neck and redefine the jawline and create a smoother contour and a more youthful appearance.
The average cost of a facelift is $8,005, according to 2020 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This average cost is only part of the total price – it does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.
While facelifts and mini facelifts focus on the entire face, a neck lift just focuses on the neck. If you look in the mirror and see sagging skin around your neck and jowls, you may be a good candidate for a neck lift.
The Neck Lift Procedure
The surgeon carefully lifts the muscles of the neck and removes extra skin and fat, then closes the incisions and applies a pressure dressing around your head and underneath the chin.
Neck Lift Surgery: Procedure and Care
Sedative medications allow the patient to remain awake but relaxed, with local anesthesia so there is no pain. The procedure itself takes several hours, during which the surgeon makes small incisions around and behind the ear, and a very small one under the chin.
Other Possible Complications
Tightness in the Neck: excess stretching of the neck skin during the surgery. Altered Sensation: Numbness or change of sensation in the incision sites, which is usually temporary. Skin Irregularities: Lumpiness or mottling in the neck skin. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
It can take several weeks to months for swelling to fully subside and you see the full results of your neck lift. Most people need about one week at home to rest and recover from neck lift surgery. Make sure you have someone who can help you during this time. Follow your doctor's specific instructions.
As long as you are physically healthy and feel challenged by loose folds of skin along your neck, this procedure may be a great option. While there is no magic number, most patients are between the ages of 35 – 65.
Generally, a ponytail lift involves incisions made high up on the face – above the front of the ear or beyond the hairline. The facial cosmetic surgeon then pulls the ligaments below the skin to adjust and reduce sagging.
A mini facelift involves the placement of incisions in front of the ears which extend from the hairline to the bottom of the earlobe. The surgeon will then gently pull the skin and tissues up and outward the ear. Excess skin and tissue are removed to tighten the appearance of the skin.
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The average cost of a neck lift is $5,774, according to 2020 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
You must wear the chin strap continuously for the first two weeks after surgery except while eating and showering/cleaning incisions. The strap helps fight the forces of gravity immediately after surgery and helps improve any swelling.
The concept of beauty and ageing is subjective and individual, so it can be difficult to say exactly how much younger you will look after a facelift, but most patients report they look and feel a decade or so younger than pre-surgery.
There is usually very little actual pain following a facelift, but you may experience a deep bruised sensation as a result of the swelling, and your face may seem heavy. The bandage you will wear the first night may seem quite snug under your chin. Rather than make you feel restricted, we hope it makes you feel secure.
General Facelift Recovery
In general, the results from your facelift will look very good after about 1-month and you'll look your best at 6 months. A facelift can produce long-lasting results for years to come.
When you undergo surgery to tighten and tone your neck, you can expect semi-permanent, long-lasting results. While this procedure dramatically improves the appearance of the neck, it cannot stop the aging process entirely; nothing can.