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Can I Have a Face-lift Without Having my Neck Lifted?

I want to have a face-lift due to having sagging in the cheeks and lower eye area (mid-face). My neck is still ok so I do not want a neck-lift. Can a surgeon give me a face-lift without giving me a neck-lift?

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Facelift vs Necklift

Facial rejuvenation should always be customized. It is absolutely appropriate for some people to have a facelift and no facelift, or vice versa. No two pwoplw will hve exactly the same surgery. During a consultation you should share your concerns with your plastic surgeon and he will explain a surgical plan for you. 

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Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Face lift for above the jawline

What you are describing is really what a mini face lift does.  The incisions are less and don't need to go all the way behind the ear

Sam Naficy, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 172 reviews

Facelift without a neck lift

  Certainly, you can have your face lifted without having a neck lift.  This option is popular in younger patients who do not have much problems in the neck.  The key is to find a surgeon who will listen to your concerns and will customize the procedure to address these concerns.

Lawrence Kass, MD
Saint Petersburg Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Lifting the cheeks without lifting the neck

all facial procedures can certainly be customized to the patient's individual needs. If in your case there is nothing to be done on your neck, then a cheek lift or a facelift with shorter scars can be done to reposition the cheek pad and drape the skin in the appropriate way.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift without Necklift?

During consultation with your surgeon, a procedure should be tailored to suit your needs and preferences. If you prefer not to have your neck treated, your preferences could certainly be accommodated. Regarding terminiology, a traditional facelift is performed to improve the appearance of the lower face and neck and will not address the upper cheeks, lower eye area and midface that you mention. A midface lift can effectively addresses those areas. Good luck.

James M. Pearson, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Can I have a faceLift without a Neck Lift

I have performed Face Lifts for over 20 years and of course, the upper face can be lifted without a Neck Lift.  This is often performed and I call this procedure a minimal incision face lift.  The incisions, dissection, bruising, swelling and recovery time is all much less than traditional face lifts.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Targeting a facelift to your area of concern

Confusion exists regarding what exactly does a facelift address.  A procedure is designed to address the patient's area of concern.  The areas treated can be :  brow, face , neck or any combination.  I refer to a facelift as a surgical technique which adresses the cheeks, nasolabial folds, jowls,and jawline.  This is sometimes referred to as a "minilift" or "short scar lift".  If you are a proper candidate you certainly can have a procedure targeted to your face only. Best wishes.

David V. Martini, MD
Elkton Facial Plastic Surgeon

Mini Facelift

You can have a facelift that addresses the cheeks and the jowels, without treating the neck. This is often called a mini-facelift.  The difference between a facelift and a mini facelift is that the neck is not treated in the mini-lift. This limits the recovery time and leads to a speedier recovery. 

Jacob D. Steiger, MD
Boca Raton Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Facial Harmony

It is possible to address the cheeks and jowls in a short scar facelift.   If it is not necessary to address your neck also, this procedure will have much less downtime than the traditional facelift.  

I ask that you undergo evaluation by 3 board certified plastic surgeons to help you make the most educated and well informed decision on the correct surgical option.  Just like a team, you are only as good as your weakest link.   In similar fashion, rejuvenation of the midface without addressing a neck when necessary, can lead to an unnatural result drawing attention to an aged neckline.

I wish you a safe and happy recovery.

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Facelift without Necklift

Absolutely, it is possible to lift the jowls and lower cheeks without particular attention to the neck. The power of the facelift lies in the experienced surgeon's ability to tailor the procedure to your particular anatomy and needs.

Most likely, you will also enjoy a shorter incision behind the ears.

Frank P. Fechner, MD
Worcester Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

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