Should I get a mini face lift or neck lift? (Photo)
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Minilift or face and neck lift ?
The problem with a neck lift is that if you have even a little jowling now (its hard to see in your picture because you are smiling), the neck lift will not address that. So the other option is as you have mentioned, a lower facelift with a smaller incision (mini lift), combined with a neck lift would probably give you the best most long lasting results. Good luck!
A "Mini" Face Lift or Neck Lift to Get the Best Neck Correction?
Really there is nothing that is "Mini" about any true facelift procedure. It is more a marketing gimmick then anything else. It seems to imply that it is less invasive, which it may or may not be. Usually a mini lift will take less time, but it also usually means mini result, which doesn't last very long. Not really good value in the long run, and it will not address your neck concerns.
While it is possible to do an isolated neck lift, the concept just doesn't make sense. All parts of your face age together and, as you have noted, you do have some jowling, so it would be important to correct this as part of an overall facelift procedure so that your face looks balanced. You do look youthful in your photo, but you are in your 50's, which is a point at which most people benefit from a more comprehensive approach so that all parts of your face match. So my recommendation would be to have a facelift that is performed to correct from your midface down to your neck, and which also specifically includes making an incision under your chin to correct the platysma muscle bands. This is something that is often left out by surgeons trying to do a mini procedure and the result is a neck that shows minimal improvement. Look for an experienced plastic surgeon who doesn't try impress you flashy terminology, but is thoughtful and thorough and has quality photos that demonstrate impressive results across a range of facial types.
Neck Lift or mini lift
By starting now, you may not be the "wow" before and after, rather, people will notice that you look great and youthful.
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About Facial Rejuvenation with Lite-lift™
Patients who desire facial rejuvenation that is affordable, quick, and effective should consider the Lite-lift™. The LiteLift™ is an innovative facelift developed by board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Larry Nichter and myself which benefits many male patients. The goal of the #LiteLift is to provide a less invasive natural looking option for both men and women desiring to refresh their appearance with less downtime and risks. The LiteLift® is a “real” facelift, which does address the underlying muscle, tissue and overlying skin.
The technique requires limited incisions and takes a vertical lifting approach, in contrast to the traditional facelift, which requires extensive incisions and lifts or pulls the face towards the ears horizontally. The modern techniques used allow us to perform most LiteLift® procedures in the office under local anesthesia. Also, removing the risk of general anesthesia opens the door for more people to pursue facial surgery. All too often people do not move forward with undergoing the desires facelift surgery due to their overwhelming fear of the risks associated with general anesthesia.
This is a modified facelift that can be performed in the office with a local anesthetic and improve signs of aging around the neck, jawbone and lower face. These procedures are not "Thread-lifts" or "String-lifts". We do not use the "barbed" sutures employed in these other lifting operations. The Lite-lift™ uses longer lasting techniques that are discussed below. Because the incisions are limited, there is less bruising, swelling and healing time for most patients. Many patients can be back to work in one to two weeks looking rested and more youthful.
The best candidates for #LiteLift are non-smoking patients 35-60 years old with stable skin elasticity, well-defined bone structure but showing early changes of the lower face and the neck. Older patients who cannot or do not wish to have a longer operation or general anesthetic can be improved with a Lite Lift™. All in all, Lite Lift™ surgery is individualized for each patient.
Loose neck skin, muscle banding
Tightening of the neck skin requires a direct approach to the neck. Options include the Precision Tx internal laser to improve the wringling, tighten the neck and reduce jowls. Liposuction of the submental region and jowls will tighten and smooth these areas. Botox or excision of Platysma muscle bands will improve subcutaneous banding. A neck lift will tighten neck skin; some patients are dissapointed due to recurrence of the fine wrinkles under the chin.
Please consult in person with an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon prior to making treatment decisions.
Lower face/neck lift makes such an improvement and is done under local.
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