What is the difference between a neck lift and lower facelift?

Over time with age and gravity, skin loses its elasticity causing an aged, heavy appearance. The lower face is one of the first areas to be affected by sagging skin that contributes to a “turkey waddle” appearance or double chin. Other factors such as weight fluctuation can also contribute to lax skin. Despite proper diet and exercise, the lower face is a difficult area to address. Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein offers several facial treatments to remove excess skin and fat from the neck and chin for a firmer, more youthful look.Neck Lift Atlanta GA

When deciding on a procedure to address this region of the face, Dr. Burstein often hears patients ask about the difference between a neck lift and lower facelift. Both of these procedures address the lower third of the face including the chin, neck, and jowls but each one targets specific concerns. A neck lift addresses excess skin and fat on the neck and jowls.  During neck lift surgery, the platysma muscle is tightened and lifted to reduce sagging and if necessary, liposuction is used to remove excess fat. A neck lift should be reserved for patients with more prominent lax skin. A lower facelift addresses the mid to lower face to eliminate wrinkles and excess fat on the cheeks, jaw line, and nasolabial folds. Unlike a neck lift, this procedure smoothes facial wrinkles and tightens sagging skin around the cheeks and mouth.

For patients who are mainly concerned about wrinkles, fine lines, and small areas of lost volume, Dr. Burstein also offers non-surgical facial treatments. Dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane® can be used on the lower third of the face to re-plump areas of lost volume, smoothing wrinkles and lines. These treatments require little to no downtime and are perfect for patients with minor signs of aging. Many surgical patients also use these non-invasive treatments to maintain their results.

Since these procedures target similar areas of the face, it is important to have an in-person consultation to determine which procedure will help you best achieve your goals. If you’re interested in a surgical or non-surgical lower face treatment, contact us today. Be sure to connect with Dr. Burstein on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery updates and news.