Summary: When it comes to a facelift, the results are difficult to argue with. A facelift can, essentially, transform your face—make you look years more youthful than you were before. A facelift can eliminate wrinkles and lines, as well as excess skin. But a facelift without neck lift options may end up undercutting your results. After all, the wrinkles and lines on your neck may introduce a contradiction in the way you look. In order to get the best results possible, many patients consider a facelift combined with a neck lift procedure.
Counterproductive: A Facelift without Neck Lift
The face is a collection of pieces that the brain puts together to form an identity. In fact, the human brain is remarkably good at identifying faces and differentiating faces. Have you ever thought that the front of a car looks an awful lot like a face? That’s because the facial recognition software in your brain is working and it works on everything. So it’s no wonder that we make a lot of judgments based on the face: who we know and who we don’t know; who we trust and who we don’t; who we like and who we’d like to know better. A surprising amount of that comes down to the face.
If you want control over how your face looks, then sometimes plastic surgery is a great option, especially if you want to look more youthful. Many patients have used a procedure called a facelift—quite a popular procedure—to take a number of years off their faces. Overall, facelifts get excellent results, and those results look much more natural than they used to. In other words, facelifts are incredibly popular and that popularity shows no signs of waning any time soon. A facelift can help you look and feel more youthful.
How the Brain Sees Other Faces
However, the brain is really good at picking up on signals. That means that the face is an area where everything needs to be right—all of the signals need to align, or your brain will know that something is off. If something is off, the illusion is ruined and your can no longer count on appearing more youthful. That’s why when patients come in and request a facelift, there’s another procedure that many plastic surgeons recommend be performed concurrently, in order to ensure that the results are completely satisfactory. That procedure is something called a necklift.
In the public consciousness, a neck lift is nowhere near as popular as a facelift. And yet, there are certainly many wrinkles on the neck. In fact, as the neck is closely associated with the face, it often gives off a great many signals in addition to the face. We get cues from the neck. So when the neck has a high degree of lines and wrinkles, we get the message: “old.” Unfortunately, when some patients undergo a facelift but not a neck lift, the “young” and “old” messages compete, creating a kind of dissonance. Our eyes notice that something is off, even if we don’t know what it is.
Take a Personal Approach
Now, not everyone needs a neck lift. Some patients have plenty of skin thickness in the neck and don’t have a lot of wrinkles. For those patients, a facelift on its own will be quite sufficient. However, there are many patients who do indeed have wrinkles around the neck. After all, the neck is one of those areas that, due to the way that it moves and the way that gravity affects it, tends to develop wrinkles more quickly than anywhere else on the body. In other words, you tend to get wrinkles on your neck before you get wrinkles anywhere else.
It all comes down to how noticeable those wrinkles are. Patients who do have noticeable wrinkles may want to consider a neck lift. According to the website of the Westport neck lift experts at Westport Facial Plastic Surgery, neck lift procedures are conducted in much the same way that facelift procedures are conducted. Excess tissue is removed and the tissue that remains is, basically, stretched to look smooth. This creates the illusion of youthful-looking skin because the excess folds and wrinkles have been removed.
Best Bet is Often a Facelift and a Neck Lift
Of course, you’ll want to consult with your plastic surgeon before you schedule anything or get your heart set on anything. Everybody’s different, and there are certainly patients who do not benefit from a neck lift as much as others. For those patients, a facelift will probably work wonders. It’s also possible that dermal fillers could sometimes be used on the neck to mitigate some wrinkles without the need for surgery. In fact, there are many non surgical techniques that could be used in conjunction with a facelift to give a youthful overall appearance.
And that’s really what it’s all about: the overall appearance. A facelift combined with a neck lift is designed to hide the seams, as it were. Without the seams to break the illusion, no one will be able to tell you’ve had work done: they’ll just know that you look great. And that’s the best kind of compliment a plastic surgery patient can receive.