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Facelift vs Necklift: What’s the Difference?

If you’re dissatisfied with the way your face and neck look, it can affect your entire self-image. Wrinkles and loose, sagging skin can be unsightly, and they can make you look tired and much older than you are.

However, you don’t have to settle for what you see in the mirror. You can have either a facelift or neck lift to restore a toned, youthful appearance. Here’s what they are and how they can help you be your most radiant self.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that focuses on the lower two-thirds of your face. This is the area from your cheeks to your jawline. It tightens sagging skin and the tissue underneath.

Contrary to its name, a facelift doesn’t involve the entire face. This is because the skin and muscles of the eyelids, brows, and forehead are different than those of the rest of the face. They require different surgical techniques.

What is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that beautifies the neck by tightening the skin and underlying muscles. A neck lift can be performed as a standalone procedure or combined with a facelift.

What Issues Does a Facelift Address?

A facelift addresses the effects of facial aging, including:

• Jowls

• Creases around the nose and mouth

• Sagging cheeks

• Drooping mouth corners

What Issues Does a Neck Lift Address?

A neck lift addresses issues including:

• Turkey neck

• Horizontal creases and vertical bands

• Slack jawline

• Excess skin

How is a Facelift Done?

During facelift surgery, your doctor will make an incision that starts at your temples, continues around the front of your ear, and ends at your lower scalp. This skin is folded back, and your surgeon will remove excess fat and skin while repositioning and tightening the muscle and connective tissue.

The surgery takes two to five hours.

What Should I Expect After Facelift Surgery?

After a facelift, you’ll experience swelling and bruising. These issues will improve 10 to 14 days after the procedure.

Although your face may begin looking normal to you after 10 to 14 days, it probably will feel tight up to three months after your surgery.

It’s important to note that no facelift lasts forever, thanks to gravity and the passage of time. You can expect yours to last about 10 years.

How is a Neck Lift Done?

During a neck lift, your surgeon will make an incision behind each ear. Via these incisions, they’ll remove slack, excess skin, while tightening underlying tissue and muscles. The procedure takes two to three hours.

What Should I Expect After Neck Lift Surgery?

Swelling and bruising may take weeks or months to resolve and half a year for the incision marks to disappear. However, you should be able to see your neck’s new silhouette after two weeks.

Like a facelift, a neck lift doesn’t last forever. You can look forward to yours lasting 8 to 10 years.

Schedule a Consultation

Considering a facelift or neck lift? Then you can confidently turn to Giancarlo Zuliani, MD, of Zuliani Facial Aesthetics, whose extensive cosmetic surgery experience can help you achieve a fresh, new look that you’ll love. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!

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