My doctor's office calls the procedure a cheek lift or neck lift. Is this a regular facelift? Like everyone else, am very nervous about going into this and do not want lasting problems.
Is Cheek Lift or Neck Lift a Regular Facelift?
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Sounds like you need to sit down again with your Surgeon and have them go over in detail what they will be doing, why they will be doing it and how it's going to be done. This will go a long way towards helping ease your mind and prepare you for your surgery.
Facelift, cheek lift, neck lift........
A "traditional facelift" can improve problems in both the cheeks and the neck through the usual scar in front of, and extending behind the ears. However, the cheeks and the neck can also be individually improved by incisions below the lower eyelid or behind the ears. Most surgeons can combine the "facelift" to include the neck with the same scar and some improvement in the nasolabial fold. If your cheeks require more than what can be accomplished with the facelift incision, the lower eyelid incisions can be added to directly lift the cheek upwards. Some surgeons may suspend the cheek and the neck with sutures.
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Cheek lift, neck lift, facelift are not necessarily the same things
It is essential that you have a very directed conversation with your potential surgeon. These terms really mean anything the surgeon wants them to mean so don't assume that you understand what they are talking about.
Generally, a facelift means a lower face lift and a lower neck resuspension. Once the sides of the face are open for the lower facelift, doing the additional work to resuspend the neck is not that great. I generally will not recommend a facelift unless the personal need the neck resuspended but not every surgeon agrees with that philosophy. There is a trend to "miniface" lift where surgery is limited to the lower face with no attention to the neck. Similarly , there are isolated neck procedures that are aimed at improving the neck contour and do not address the face.
Cheek, neck and face lifts
The term "facelift" carries many negative connotations for patients these days. They are scared to look operated on, and don't think they are "raedy" for something that seems drastic.
Cheek lift, neck lift, facelift
A cheek lift, neck lift and facelift can all mean the same thing. They can also mean separate things. The terms neck lift and facelift are often used interchangeably but actually mean different things. A neck lift is a procedure isolated to rejuvenating the neck. A cheek lift is an isolated procedure to lift the cheek area. A facelift will address both areas.
Facelift includes cheek and neck lift
A neck lift is a separate operation, which addresses the lower half of the neck. It is the lower half component of a face/neck lift. A cheek lift is no more than a SMAS temporal tuck upper portion of the facelift. A comprehensive face/neck lift will include a cheek lift and a neck lift.
Put A Necklift and Cheeklift Together and You Have A Facelift
Facelift: Rejuvenates both the cheeks and neck
The term "face-lift" does not tell you model or options
You need to have defined what your "model" includes.
There are many types of lifts. Each type can be done with different nuances depending on your particular problem.
Your model should be customized to fit your needs.
Different types of face lift techniques
A full face lift include face and neck lift with or without brow,eye lid and midface lifts.
The midface lift (or cheek lift) is used in patient with marked ptosis of the cheek. It is done through the lower eye lid together with a lower bleph. It is a very powerful too when used bu a surgeon very familiar with this procedure.
Some other face lift techniques involve a deep plane face lift that does not require the lower lid approach but more extensive deep tissue dissection. Each procedure has its benefits and risks and the final outcome depends on the surgeon"s ability.
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