The Neck Lift
A neck lift helps improve the appearance of the neck by removing and redistributing excess fatty deposits, tightening underlying muscles, and removing sagging skin. In a traditional neck lift, an incision is started in the hairline near the ears and continues down and around the ear to the posterior hairline. Neck fat is then sculpted or removed from the neck. The neck skin tissue is repositioned and the muscle is tightened. Liposuction may be necessary to remove fat under the chin. Sutures or skin adhesives are used to close these incisions.
There is also a procedure called a direct neck lift in which a horizontal incision is made in the crease underneath the jaw. The excess skin and fat are then removed from there and sutured closed. This is best for someone who has excess skin or fat deposits under the chin, but not lower on the neck.
Should I Have Both a Neck Lift and Facelift?
Typically the face and neck can be treated as one unit with the traditional facelift because the standard facelift addresses the lower two-thirds of the face as well as the neck. However, muscle tightening in the neck can improve the effects of facelift surgery and should be considered in the following cases:
- The lower cheeks and jaw are saggy
- The jawline is poorly defined
- The neck is wrinkled, saggy, or fatty
The best way to determine if you need to include a neck lift with your facelift is to have a consultation with your surgeon about all your areas of concern. They will be able to create a treatment plan that will maximize the benefits of each procedure either alone or combined.