What’s the difference between a facelift, a neck lift, and a cheek lift?
- A facelift improves the appearance of the face and neck by giving the face and neck a more youthful contour. Its changes extend from the lower eyelids to the lower neck.
- A cheek lift is the top half of a facelift. Its changes extend from the lower eyelids to just above the jaw line.
- A neck lift is the bottom half of a facelift. Its changes extend from just above the jaw line to the lower part of the neck.
- This is why a facelift is sometimes referred to as a cheek and neck lift.
Cheek Lift: What You Need to Know
- Scars from a cheek lift hide in the curves around the ear and in the hair. A well-designed incision is unnoticeable when healed.
- Elevation of the cheek gives the face a high, youthful contour.
- It also shortens the lower eyelids. Short lower eyelids are one of the hallmarks of youth.
- A cheek lift smoothes nasolabial folds and helps to pull up the corners of the mouth.
- In a cheek lift, the jowls are diminished but not eliminated.
- Most women who have sagging in their cheeks also have jowls and sagging in their neck, therefore a cheek lift is uncommonly performed by itself.
Neck Lift: What You Need to Know
- Scars from a neck lift hide in the creases around the bottom and back of the ear and in the hair, making them unnoticeable when healed.
- A well-done neck lift will smooth and tighten the neck, eliminate central neckbands, sharpen the jaw line, and improve the jowls.
- Since the lower part of the face and neck tend to show signs of aging first, a neck lift is commonly performed by itself.
- Facial plastic surgery tends to feminize traditionally male features, so we have to be very careful not to over-do things in male patients.
- This is why a neck lift (not a facelift) is what we often recommend for our male patients. A neck lift will soften the jowl, improve the neck and, sharpen the jaw line in a man.
- By changing the procedure slightly, we can enhance and highlight the more delicate features in women, making it a very versatile option for both men and women.