It is hard to stay young looking under the unforgiving Tampa sun, which is why there are so many doctors in the area that specialize in facelift and neck lift surgery.   It is interesting to consider which procedure will best reduce wrinkles and make you look naturally younger. In this article, we will explore the differences between the two procedures and explain the benefits of facelift and neck lift surgery.

What is the difference between a Facelift and a Neck Lift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure to reduce wrinkles and give a more youthful appearance to the face.  This surgery usually addresses aging in the lower third of the face and along the jawline.  The traditional surgery involves a series of incisions made in front of the ears and up into the hairline, as well as behind the ears.  This allows the plastic surgeon to then tighten the facial muscles and skin tissue to smooth out wrinkles.  Any excess tissue is removed and then the incisions are closed with sutures or staples.

A neck lift is surgery that helps to eliminate sagging neck skin and create a better defined angle between the neck and jaw.  There are a couple of different techniques for neck lift surgery that involve incisions under the chin or behind the ears, or in some cases, in both areas.  The goal is to tighten up the platysma muscle that lies along the front of the neck, and to smooth out the skin to remove drapes and banding along the neck.

Which Procedure is Better?  A Facelift or a Neck Lift?

The answer is that neither procedure is better than the other, but rather that the surgery addresses different areas of the body.  It depends entirely on the patient’s needs to determine which surgery would be recommended, and in some cases, a patient may opt to have both procedures to reduce wrinkles in the face and neck region.  According to Dr. Dominic Castellano, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, it is important to meet with the patient in advance of scheduling a procedure in order to assess which surgery will provide the greatest and most natural results.  Dr. Dominic often says that “a well-educated patient, is often the best patient.”  That means that someone who understands what the surgery can do for them and what is entailed, will be happier with the results than someone who does not do their research in advance.  With as many different facelift and neck lift techniques out there, Dr. Dominic recommends getting a consultation with the surgeon to go over the details of the procedure before making a decision.

The Simplicity Facelift and Neck Lift Procedure

The Simplicity Facelift and the Simplicity Neck Lift procedures are utilized by Dr. Dominic as a way to provide optimal and lasting results with a less invasive surgical procedure.  The Simplicity Lifts use a proprietary technique that requires fewer and smaller incisions, which means less downtime for recovery.

With the Simplicity FaceLift, there are only two small incisions required, one above the ear and one behind the ear.  This will allow the surgeon to tighten the skin, muscle and underlying tissue to provide long lasting results.  Dr. Dominic uses a special “pulley-stitch” that will hold the facelift tight and offer the same quality as with the more extensive traditional surgery.  With this procedure (done under local anesthesia), there is less chance of visible scarring since the incision is so small and a smaller possibility of infection because the incisions heal far quicker.  The Simplicity Neck Lift uses a similar technique but with incisions made below the chin.  This neck lift also uses the “pulley stitch” and will give long lasting natural looking results.

If you are interested in learning more about whether a Simplicity Lift is right for you, and if you will benefit more from a facelift or neck lift, please contact Elite Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Dominic.  Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility under the direction of Dr. Dominic Castellano.  Dr. Dominc is a highly respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience.  The team is highly trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and injectable procedures.  Call (813) 975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information


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