Facelift and Neck Lift cosmetic procedures are two of the most common plastic surgeries done in Tampa.  But often, people do not know the difference between the two and which lift is the best for them to improve their appearance.  Generally speaking, when cosmetic surgeons describe a procedure as being a ‘facelift’, they are talking about the pulling up the skin at the cheeks. A neck lift pulls the hanging skin under the chin, the jowls and the jawline. Both of these cosmetic procedures are popular as they greatly reduce signs of aging. Many patients may need one or both of these procedures for optimum results.

Difference between a Facelift and Neck Lift

A facelift focuses on the cheeks, lower face, jowls, and jawline to correct sagging and lift drooping skin to reduce wrinkles. Neck lifts work more on the area below the chin and on the throat and will fix “turkey neck” the draping of skin that appears on the front of the throat.   “There are very distinct differences between a facelift and neck lift” says Dr. Dominic Castellano, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Tampa.  Dr. Dominic often explains the two procedures to patients during the consultation because it is easy to get them confused.

He actually shares a tip to help see the difference – to approximate a facelift, put your fingers on your cheekbones directly in front of the ears, and push up.  This is a facelift.  Then put your fingers on the outside of your jaw (under your ears) and push up.  This is a neck lift.  During a consultation, he can provide a more detailed examination and determine which procedure would best help the patient meet their goals for facial improvement.

Both the facelift and neck lift procedures focus on improving saggy skin and weakened muscles around the face and neck.  Dr. Dominic utilizes a special patented technique to provide a less invasive but extremely effective lift for his patients.  Called the Simplicity Facelift and Simplicity Neck Lift, the procedure entails only two small incisions and a “pulley” stitch that will stretch and tighten both the outer tissue and underlying muscle.  The results are permanent and the recovery time is minimal compared with more invasive traditional lift surgery.  The Simplicity Lifts are only available at the Elite Facial Plastic Surgery in Tampa.

Who Needs a Facelift and Who Needs a Neck Lift?

If you are concerned about your appearance and want to determine which procedure would be best for you, your best bet is to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Dominic.  Since everyone ages differently, plastic surgery is not a one size fits all proposition.   That’s why these areas are addressed with different procedures; however, there are some patients that opt to have both areas addressed at the same time.  Also, facial liposuction may be recommended instead of a neck lift to remove excess fat along with a Simplicity Face Lift.

Dr. Dominic is available to advise you on your options and help you choose which procedure will give you the best results. Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility under the direction of Dr. Dominic Castellano.  Dr. Dominic is a highly respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience.   The medical team is highly trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and injectable procedures.  Call (813) 975-3223 or visit us online today to schedule your complimentary visit.

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