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Neck Lift VS Facelift: Which is Right for Me?

If the lower part of your face has been affected by gravity more than you would like, you may be considering several available options for reversing that effect. Two options worth considering are a neck lift and a facelift. How do you know which one will work best for you? 


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What Does a Neck Lift Treat?

As you age, fat pads often migrate from the cheek area downward. This fat ends up lower on the face, forming jowls along the jawline. The neck also shows signs of loose skin and fat accumulation with age. A neck lift uses carefully hidden incisions to tighten the muscles, remove sagging skin, and eliminate excess fat

What Does a Facelift Treat?

If you have significant loose skin around the lower face, including the jawline, you may need a facelift. This procedure corrects sagging skin and excess fat while repositioning the facial muscles. A facelift can smooth away lines and wrinkles by tightening the skin. Dr. Brenman performs a short scar facelift that uses the smallest possible incision to achieve a smoother, firmer appearance. 

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Neck Lift VS Facelift: Which is Right for Me?

Whether you need a neck lift or a facelift depends on your primary areas of concern. For those most interested in improving the neck and jawline, a neck lift will significantly affect these areas. It does not have much effect on lines and wrinkles or loose skin above the jaw. 

If you have more interest in tightening skin to remove lines, wrinkles, and sagging, a facelift will address loose skin and wrinkles from the lower part of the face. A facelift will also firm and contour the jawline but will not remove loose skin from the neck. 

Fortunately, the decision does not have to be neck lift vs. facelift. When performed together, these two procedures have excellent results, and Dr. Brenman often recommends a neck lift with a facelift. This gives you a full lower-face rejuvenation by removing loose skin and excess fat from the neck to the midface. 

What is Recovery Like From a Neck Lift or Facelift?

Following a facelift, you will have wraps and bandages around your face. You will also have a chin strap to wear for several weeks. This will help support your face as it heals and keep it in the correct position. Most people need two to three weeks to recover before returning to work or resume activities outside the house. A neck lift requires about a week of time off from work. If you have both procedures simultaneously, you will not add any extra recovery time since they heal together. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Neck Lift or Facelift?

If you have sagging, loose skin around your neck, jaw, or lower face, you may be a good candidate for a neck lift or facelift. Candidates should be in good health and not smoke. 

“After losing 87 pounds I decided I would treat myself and get a tummy tuck that I have been wanting for some time. I researched and thought Dr Scot Brenman would be best. Well suffice it to say I am not thrilled with my results. Ultimately my tummy is flatter which was what I wanted but my belly button is 2 inches above the incision line which I hate! He promised lipo which til this day I’m betting he didn’t do! Also his aftercare was thee WORSE! He never followed up with me after the removal of my drains! No way will he receive another one of my hard earned dimes!” *

This visit was a pleasure! Dr. Brenman thoroughly explained my options and did seem rushed. He answered all my questions and made me comfortable with making my decision. Gina was friendly and helpful in facilitating scheduling etc. I feel confident in my choice.
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Want to learn more about neck lifts and facelifts? You can schedule a consultation at The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery with Dr. Scott Brenman in Philadelphia and Plymouth Meeting, PA. Please call (267) 687-2180 to schedule a convenient appointment with us in the near future.

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