A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a procedure that uses special surgical techniques to access the muscles and other tissues underlying the face, gently repositioning those tissues while also removing fat and loose, sagging skin to eliminate wrinkles and create a smoother, firmer appearance. Traditional facelifts typically use an incision that begins at the temple area and extends in front of the ear and the around and behind the ear, ending in the hairline. A facelift can be performed as an outpatient procedure under sedation of anesthesia.
A neck lift is also referred to as a lower rhytidectomy because it addresses issues like sagging and wrinkling in the lower part of the face, including the jawline and the neck. During a neck lift, loose, sagging skin and excess tissue are removed, including fat deposits in the jowls and under the chin, to improve the contours are create a younger-looking and slimmer profile. Muscle banding in the neck can also be reduced to provide a smoother looking neck area. A neck lift can be a very good choice for women who do not require a full facelift to achieve the results they want, and a neck lift can also be combined with a brow lift or eyelid surgery to address specific areas of the upper face without turning to a full facelift.
Neck lift surgery can be performed using either sedation or general anesthesia. A full neck lift uses an incision that extends from the area above the ear, downward and around the area behind the ear. A “mini” neck lift uses a much smaller incision, typically restricted to the area around the ear. Once the incision is made, the muscles and other underlying tissues will be lifted and repositioned and excess tissue will be removed. A mini neck lift typically offers less dramatic results and removes less tissue compared to a traditional procedure. Incisions are closed with sutures.