Those with excess skin around the chin, neck and jowls benefit the most from a necklift with liposuction. In most cases, this procedure is performed alongside a facelift.
To treat the excess skin and neckbands that plague women of a certain age, a necklift performed in conjunction with a facelift is a surefire way to restore a youthful appearance.
During the procedure, an incision is made under the earlobe, behind the ear and sometimes horizontally into the hairline to tighten muscle and eliminate excess skin, usually under IV sedation or general anesthesia.
If you’re having a facelift, it’s possible that your doctor will recommend a necklift, and often vice versa. Since the face and neck are so closely connected and tend to age at the same rate, it’s rare to see one boasting the signs of aging and the other area free of it. “When excess skin is excised from the neck, and not the face, it can create the appearance of excess skin on the face and vice versa, which is why the two surgeries are usually performed in conjunction,” adds Dr. Jason Pozner.
Talk to your plastic surgeon about an individualized surgery that can tackle your aging concerns on both your face and neck.
If your skin is excessively saggy, or if there is a loss of muscle tone, “a traditional facelift which has been modified and improved so that the skin is not just pulled and lifted can include a cheek and necklift, and takes care of sagging and lack of volume by tightening up the muscle,” says Dr. Brent Smith.. “It also gets rid of any fatty deposits and brings the underlying tissue back to a more youthful position, while getting rid of excess skin.” According to New York plastic surgeon Tracy Pfeifer, MD, the traditional facelift is best for addressing excess skin and general sagging of the mid-face, jowls and neck.
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