Recently updated on October 25th, 2022 at 11:16 am
It’s no secret that neck lift and facelifts are both popular procedures. But, how do you know which one is better for you? In this blog post, we will compare neck lifts vs. facelifts to help you decide which procedure is the best for your needs.
The Difference Between a Facelift and a Neck Lift
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A neck lift is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the skin on the neck and throat. The neck lift removes excess fat, tightens loose skin, and lifts sagging muscles under the chin to improve neckline definition.
The neck surgery takes 45 minutes or an hour to complete; however, it can take up to two days for patients with large areas to heal before they go home. Patients may experience discomfort after their procedure but typically feel much better within one week following recovery from anesthesia in most cases.
A facelift is another popular cosmetic surgery that targets aging symptoms other than just wrinkles around your neck region: drooping eyelids, jowls (extra flesh at the sides of your mouth), sunken cheeks, deep neck folds, neckbands (extra skin between the neck and shoulder), loose neck muscles.
The facelift typically takes an hour to complete but can take up to two hours depending on how many areas are being treated at once. Patients experience some discomfort after their procedure; however, it is often less than from a neck lift because they will have intravenous sedation to help them relax before surgery.
Pros of Facelift Surgery
- A neck lift will only improve the appearance of your neck area, while a facelift surgery can help to target aging symptoms other than just wrinkles around your neck region. This means that you have more options with a facelift procedure and it may be better for your needs if you want an overall improvement in how you look rather than
- Improves neckline and neck skin
- Improves neck skin
- More in-depth improvement, since it targets many areas of the neck and face at once.
- Tightens the neck area from side to side to provide a smoother transition between neck up top and neck down below (underneath clothing)- Reduces sagging neck muscles for a more youthful appearance
Cons of Facelift Surgery
- Longer recovery time (up to two days) because more muscle tissue is cut during the procedure. It also takes much longer for patients with a lot of neck area that needs
- The procedure takes longer than neck lift surgery because it lifts drooping eyelids, jowls, sunken cheeks, deep neck folds, or loose neck muscles in addition to tightening skin on your throat and around your chin. This means that you will have some numbness in parts of your face after the procedure as well as swelling. Recovery times may also be slightly longer following this type of facelift. So unless you can afford time off
Pros of Neck Lift Surgery
- Patients can return to work or resume normal activities the next day following a neck lift procedure; however, many people still require at least one week of rest before they feel like themselves again.
- Slightly shorter recovery time than facelift surgery because it takes less muscle tissue to cut and it doesn’t lift drooping eyelids, jowls, sunken cheeks, deep neck folds, or loose neck muscles in addition to tightens your neck area.
- More comfortable because the patient is sedated before the procedure and does not experience numbness in the face after surgery.
- Neck lift takes less time than a neck and facelift
- The procedure is also less invasive because it only targets neck skin, not drooping eyelids, jowls, or neck muscles as well
Cons of Neck Lift Surgery
- Less effective at lifting neck skin or chin area, so neckline may appear more noticeable afterward
- You may experience some numbness in parts of your face after the procedure.
- The recovery process will be faster but there are still residual effects such as swelling that can last for weeks following surgery (in most cases). So unless you have someone to care for you at home this type of neck lift may not work best.
What Do The Experts Say On Which is Better?
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Many experts suggest that women choose a neck lift over a facelift because it targets more areas in your neck area than just the neck alone (around the mouth) so it may provide you with a more permanent solution to necklines.
However, some experts suggest that facelifts are better because they have been around longer and there is not as much risk for complications or negative side effects from surgery.
A neck lift will only improve the appearance of your neck area, while a facelift surgery can help to target aging symptoms other than just wrinkles around your neck region. This means that you have more options with a facelift procedure and it may be better for your needs if you want an overall improvement in how you look rather than a neck-specific one.