Is Cheek Lift or Neck Lift a Regular Facelift?

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.

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The terminology of the procedure is not nearly as important as which areas you and your surgeon have agreed need to be addressed. All areas of the face can be addressed with surgery and your surgoen may simply call all of the separate procedures a facelift. I suggest sitting down with your surgeon to make sure all of the places on your face and neck are appropriately treated at the time of your surgery.

Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Have a chat with your Surgeon again

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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.

In general:
1. Facelift : addresses the lower third of the face including jowls, lower cheeks and to some degree the neck and cheek folds. Incision lengths and location will vary based on specific technique.
2. Cheek Lift aka Mid Face Lift : addresses the middle third of the face - from the lower eye to the nostril area. Incisions can be under the lower eyelid, through the eyelid, under the upper lip or along the hairline above the side burn. Also can be done using an endoscope (small fiberoptic camera) with smaller incisions.
3. Necklift : addresses the submentum or the area under you chin - the area where a "turkey neck" is seen. Incisions can be behind the ears or under the chin only. Muscle bands are tightened, excess fat removed and sometimes so is loose skin.
All of the above may be combined based on a patient's anatomical needs.
Speak with your Surgeon again, write down your questions and get yourself to a point where all your questions are answered. It's worth it!
Take Care & Good Luck,
Dr. Kamran Jafri

Kamran Jafri, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon

Facelift, cheek lift, neck lift........

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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.

You should have a clear idea of what you perceive as your problem, and have a good understanding with the procedure(s) being suggested and how they will give you the result you want. You should be able to discuss any other options with your surgeon and be able to speak with other patients who've had the same procedure.

Ricardo Izquierdo, MD
Oak Brook Plastic Surgeon

Cheek lift, neck lift, facelift are not necessarily the same things

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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.

The answer is to be very clear with the surgeon: What are they talking about and why? If you are not getting the answers you are looking for or speaking with a particular surgeon is making you more uncomfortable, please do not ignore these feelings. This is your emotional side making an important judgement that this surgeon is not right for you. It is a big mistake to ignore this awareness. It may not be the right time for you or it may be that this is not the right surgeon for you. Please act on your feelings.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Cheek, neck and face lifts

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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.

A cheek and neck lift is basically the same thing under a different name that focuses on what patients want, ie. loss of jowls, a smooth clean jawline and removal of fat under the chin and a nicer more angular neck.
The point is that the name doesn't matter as much as how the surgery is done. Please check my photos on my web site and you'll see that it can be done very naturally without an operated look but not leaving anything behind that still looks old.

Cheek lift, neck lift, facelift

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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.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 177 reviews

Facelift includes cheek and neck lift

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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.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Put A Necklift and Cheeklift Together and You Have A Facelift

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Facelift: Rejuvenates both the cheeks and neck

A facelift includes lifting and tightening of the lax skin of the face and neck and should also include lifting and tightening of the SMAS ( the tissue enveloping the facial muscles). If you have loose skin of the cheeks and neck, neck banding, deep folds from the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds), and prominent folds starting at the corner of the mouth (Marionette lines) this is probably what you need.
Cheeklift: The upper half of a facelift
If your laxity is mostly in the cheeks and your neck looks OK then a cheek lift may work for you. The is a less extensive and less expensive procedure than a facelift. The incision starts in the temporal hairline and follows the front of the ear, going behind the tragus then looping around the earlobe and stopping just behind the lower part of the ear
Necklift: The lower half of a facelift
If you mostly have banding or loose skin in the neck the necklift may be the best procedure for you. I also usually involves SMAS tightening which helps the results last longer. The incision is longer stating in front of the ear just beneath the hairline, going behind the tragus, looping around the ear lobe to follow the crease behind the ear then arching back into the hairline.
Be careful and find out for certain you Doctor is not recommending a mini-lift or suture suspension lift which is often far less effective and lasts much less time. Typically 2 -3 years.
Finally it is important to choose a board certified plastic surgeon who has a good reputation, and inspires confidence. Make certain the majority of his practice is cosmetic surgery and that he does facelifts on a weekly basis. Remember you surgeon wants you get a good result as much as you do.

The term "face-lift" does not tell you model or options

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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.

Nathan Mayl, MD (retired)
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon

Different types of face lift techniques

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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.

Best of luck!

Hisham Seify, MD, PhD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

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