Once the signs of aging develop, they become increasingly difficult to hide. In many cases, they also become increasingly difficult to live with. This is because we cannot get away from them. Every time we look in the mirror, we are met with jowls, flat cheeks, and thin, sagging skin on the face and neck. Here, we discuss why a facelift and neck lift combo is one of the most effective ways to address these issues.
Why Combine a Facelift with a Neck Lift?
Many people consider what a facelift could do for them when they begin to look older than they’d like. The neck, though, is largely overlooked. That isn’t the case after the face is rejuvenated and the neck is left as-is. In this situation, the loose, thin skin on the neck often looks worse due to its contrast against firmer, tighter facial contours. Combining surgery ensures that both the face and its frame are presenting equal degrees of youthfulness.
A combined facelift and neck lift can improve your appearance by:
- Tightening sagging skin around the cheeks and mouth
- Refining the contour between the neck and the chin
- Eliminating loose skin at the sides of the face and jowls
- Reducing the appearance of fat and widening at the lower part of the face
- Smoothing neck lines
How a Facelift and Neck Lift is Performed
Historically, facelift surgery has been known to tighten the skin. This outdated technique is what led to so many patients looking overly-tightened from their surgery. Today, facelift techniques vary to meet the needs of each patient. What the various techniques have in common is that they target the tissue beneath the skin. Repositioning the muscle provides a more natural and longer-lasting approach. In addition to repositioning muscle and trimming loose skin, Dr. Steitz also often enhances the cheek area with a fat grafting technique. This is done because lifting and tightening alone do not restore youthful contours to the mid-face.
Combination surgeries are performed using general anesthesia. According to studies, the performance of multiple procedures at once does not significantly increase surgical risks. Patients can return home the same day to recover in a familiar, comfortable setting. Surgeons typically recommend that two weeks are dedicated to healing. This allows time for incisions to heal with minimal tugging and pressure, for swelling and bruising to subside, and for patients to regain an adequate amount of energy to perform daily tasks. Though minimal swelling may linger for several weeks, the effects of the facelift and neck lift are usually apparent one month after surgery.