Should I get a mini lift and/or a neck lift? (photo)
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Should I get a mini lift and/or a neck lift?
Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
Would you benefit from a facelift?
Addressing all your concerns in a single procedure setting is ideal as you can recover from all the procedures at the same time, as opposed to undergoing a recovery period of 7-10 days after every procedure. So if your eyelids are also bothering you, is would make sense to have that treated at the same time. I routinely perform multiple procedures on my patients in one sitting (face/neck, eyelids, fat transfer, laser, in any combination) for this reason. Good luck!
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Neck Lift or Mini Lift?
There are 4 main factors that need to be evaluated to determine which procedure is best for you.
1. the amount of redundant skin, excess fat below the chin, (requires neck or facelift)
2. banding of your neck mid-line neck muscles (platysmal bands) - requires platysmal plication (neck tightening)
3. elasticity of your skin. - requires laser or peels, thermage, ultherapy
4. a weak chin (supports the skin structure) - requires chin augmentation
Each of these components are dealt with in a different manner. For example, excess fat requires direct removal or liposuction (more common), widely spread playtsmal bands are brought together (neck tightening), and excess skin is removed with a lower facelift or neck lift (this can be done with minimal scars). Certain lasers and peels can help with elasticity problems and your photo seems to indicate adequate chin projection
The least invasive would be one of these procedures which corrects the upper neck loose skin extremely well.. My own personal preference and in my hands the one with the least invasive approach is a Lite Lift which is performed in my office under local anesthesia with some oral sedation without the need for IV sedation or general anesthesia.
Should I get a mini lift
Should I get a mini lift and or neck lift?
Eyelid Surgery | Mini Lift at the Same Time
Yes, you would likely enjoy the benefits of a younger appearance with eyelid surgery and a neck lift which can be done at the same time.
To be sure, see two or more board certified and experienced plastic surgeons in your area for a full and complete evaluation.
I hope this helps.
Facelift- Mini-Lift vs. traditional approach
Neck Lift Won't Address Jowls
It is common to address the eyelids while correcting the neck and/or jowls. It is safe, it does not increase the risk of complications, and it allows for one recovery period instead of separate ones.
It is important to look at before-and-after photo examples from your surgeon to help determine that your aesthetic goals are achievable. Good luck!