What Is the Difference Between a Facelift and a Neck Lift?

Some procedures have overlapping benefits, and choosing the right one for your needs and goals can seem difficult. Facelift surgery, for instance, and neck lift surgery are both designed to rejuvenate the treated area by elevating inelastic tissues and trimming away excess skin. Still, there are important differences between the two techniques that can help you determine which is an ideal method for you.

Facelift surgery is designed to address moderate to significant signs of aging on the lower face, including deep folds, jowls, and skin laxity. The lower face, in this instance, begins around the cheeks and continues down into the upper neck area.

A neck lift more specifically addresses the full neck area, particularly the platysmal muscle that, when weakened, can create the banding effect some call “turkey neck.” This technique can also address excess fat and loose skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance. It does not, however, alter the face.

In many cases, a facelift and neck lift can be combined for more comprehensive rejuvenation. Dr. Neal Goldberg, our extensively trained plastic surgeon, will customize your procedure to enhance the areas you’re interested in improving.

Talk to us today about your cosmetic goals, and we will help you find a solution that best suits your characteristics and desired outcome.