Is a Neck or Facelift Right for Me?

The ageing process isn’t always kind and there’s isn’t much you can do about the natural effects of gravity either. Then, of course, there are always other factors that play a role in the appearance of your skin, including weight gain or loss, poor skincare regimes and sun exposure.

There is a lot that can be done to improve the health and appearance of your skin but there are limited options available to those looking to tighten sagging skin.

As we age, the skin and tissues of the face and neck begin to lose volume and elasticity and this drooping skin can really change your appearance.

Face and neck lifts are two highly effective ways to tighten, lift and smooth out your skin but how do you know which procedure is right for you?

Choosing Between a Neck and Facelift

Before you decide on a procedure, you will need to discuss your options with a reputable surgeon. A surgeon will be able to evaluate your skin and take you through the various options as well as what to expect before, during and after each procedure.

It should be noted that a full facelift is not always necessary, which is why it’s important to speak to a qualified surgeon about your specific needs. You can find out more about a face lift cost and other details here.

Here is some information that will help you get a better idea of whether you need a facelift, neck lift or a combination of the two.

Classifying Patients

To determine whether a patient only needs a neck lift, surgeons will look at the amount of loose skin below the chin and on the neck. Patients who have relatively youthful faces but have excess fatty deposits under the chin or banding of the neck will more than likely only require a neck lift.

Choosing a Surgery

A surgeon will always be the best person to tell you whether you need one procedure or the other but there are ways to get a good idea of what you might need too. A reputable surgeon will never perform a neck lift if it is not needed.

Look at the lower portion of your face to see where you have the most significant amount of drooping as this is the area of the face that shows the most noticeable signs of ageing. As the lower face falls, deeper lines and wrinkles will begin to appear. As the face begins to lose volume, areas such as the cheeks can create a more sunken appearance.

You can then look at your neck and whether or not the dropping skin extends beyond the bottom of your chin. This will give you a good idea of whether you need a neck lift too. A full facelift is only required if there is also significant drooping on the upper half of the face.

During your procedure, the underlying tissue and muscles will be reworked to lift and tighten the lower half of the face. If you’re experiencing drooping of the brows and eyelids, a full facelift is recommended and the incision will be made along the hairline.

Every patient will have different requirements so speak to your surgeon about a tailored solution.