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Facelift or Necklift: Which is the Best For You?7 min read

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When it comes to anti-aging, there is a plethora of options in the market for you to choose from! Let’s admit it, it can be quite overwhelming. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and our muscles weaken, as part of the aging process. As a result of the stresses of daily life, the effect of gravity, and the exposure to the sun, we can see the effects on our faces. It is common to see the folds and smile lines of the face deepening, the corners of the mouth drooping, the jawline sagging, and the skin on the neck becoming slack as we age. Since the birth of plastic surgery, facelifts and neck lifts have been an effective way to tighten loose skin around the face due to aging. 

Looking into multiple ways to get rid of stubborn fine lines and wrinkles can feel like a never-ending journey, but here at Aesthetica, we are here to break down the differences between these two procedures!

What is a Facelift and Neck Lift Surgery?

A facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure performed to improve the appearance of the face. The main goal of a facelift is to reduce sagging skin and help smooth out folds found on the surface of your cheeks and jawline.

 A neck lift surgery, on the other hand, is a procedure that is performed to improve the appearance of the neck. It can involve removing excess skin and fat, as well as tightening the muscles in the neck. Both facelifts and neck lifts can be performed together or separately, depending on the needs of the patient. Some of the benefits of facelift surgery include a more youthful appearance, improved self-esteem, and increased confidence.

What are the Benefits?

There are many benefits associated with a facelift and a neck lift. Some of the benefits include

• A redefined and tightened look

Facelifts can restore your youthful appearance by targeting various signs of aging, resulting in a tighter appearance of the face and neck. A facelift can help address sagging skin, deep wrinkles and creases between the nose and mouth, wrinkles extending from the mouth to your chin, double chin, and issues with excess fat, all in one surgical procedure.

• Addresses deep creases on skin

Some patients feel self-conscious when they have deep wrinkles and lines. The aging process can lead to loss of volume and tissue structure, resulting in a “falling” and “worn” appearance to the face and neck. A neck lift restores the deep tissue structures to their proper position and augments volume loss in the aging face with fat or fillers. Patients look younger than their actual age after undergoing a facelift that softens nasolabial lines and restores volume.

• Say goodbye to loose jowls

Hanging jowls from their jawline is one of the least desirable facial features for some patients. By having a facelift, you can achieve a sleeker, tighter jawline and a slimmer appearance that you will be proud of for the rest of your life

How Do You Know If It’s Time For A Facelift or Necklift?

Most people begin to see signs of aging in their mid to late 40s. Fine lines and wrinkles may appear, and the skin may begin to lose its elasticity. For some people, these changes are subtle and can be addressed with non-invasive treatments such as Botox or fillers. However, for others, the signs of aging are more significant, and a facelift or necklift may be necessary.

There are several key indicators that you may need a facelift or neck lift. First, you may notice deep creases around your nose and mouth. Your skin may also appear loose and saggy, especially in the cheek and jaw areas. You may also have jowls, which are small droplets of fat that form along the jawline. Another telltale sign is a loss of definition in the jawline or neck.

If you are experiencing any of these changes, you may want to consider a facelift or necklift. These procedures can provide significant rejuvenation, resulting in a more youthful appearance. If you are considering either procedure, it is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can assess your individual needs and recommend the best course of treatment.

Neck Lift vs. Facelift: What are the Differences?

A facelift, sometimes called a rhytidectomy, is a type of cosmetic surgery that is used to improve the appearance of the face. A traditional facelift involves making an incision in the hairline at the temple, continuing around the ear, and then hiding in the natural crease behind the ear. The skin is then lifted and excess fat is removed. The remaining skin is then pulled tight and excess skin is trimmed away before being sutured into place.

 A neck lift may also be performed as part of a facelift, and this involves making an incision under the chin to remove excess fat and tighten the skin. A mini-facelift is less invasive than a traditional facelift and usually only involves making incisions around the ear. The skin is then lifted and any excess fat is removed before being sutured back into place. While a mini-facelift will not achieve the same results as a traditional facelift, it can still help to improve the appearance of the face.

What is the Recovery Process Like?

After any type of facelift or neck lift surgery, it is normal to experience some swelling and bruising. This typically peaks two to three days after surgery, and then gradually subsides over the following week or two. To help with this, your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to position your head and neck during the recovery period. It is also important to avoid any strenuous activity or exposure to direct sunlight during this time. Most people are able to return to work and other normal activities within two weeks of surgery. However, it can take several months for the final results of your facelift or neck lift to be visible.

How Much Does It Cost?

There are many different types of facelift surgery, each with its own associated costs. The most popular type of facelift is the traditional facelift, which can cost anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000. This type of facelift involves making incisions around the ears and forehead and lifting the skin to reposition the underlying tissues. 


A neck lift is a similar procedure, but it focuses on correcting sagging skin and muscles in the neck area. This type of facelift typically costs between $5,000 and $8,000.


While facelifts can be costly, they also offer many benefits. A facelift can help to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as sagging skin. It can also help to create a more youthful appearance by lifting drooping facial features. For these reasons, facelifts are often considered a worthwhile investment.

Start Your Facelift and Necklift Journey with Dr. Chang!

In conclusion, both procedures can provide you with a more youthful appearance by removing excess skin and fat, tightening muscles, and elevating tissues. If you’re not sure whether you need a facelift or neck lift, Dr. Chang can help you make that determination based on an in-person examination.  Once you’ve decided to undergo surgery, you next need to choose a surgeon. For many people, Dr. Chang is their first choice for facial plastic surgery because of his experience and expertise in both traditional facelifts and mini-facelifts. His extensive knowledge means he can give each patient individualized care and achieve the best possible results. Ready to start your journey with Dr. Chang? Contact our office today to schedule a consultation!

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