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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

Do I Need a Facelift or a Neck Lift?

Posted January 14, 2020 in Facelift

2 Min Read

As we age, our skin loses elasticity, which causes wrinkles to make an unpleasant mark on our face.

Skin sagging, wrinkles, and dark spots range in severity depending on gravity, sun exposure, and weight fluctuations.

A woman enjoying the results of her neck lift, which eliminated vertical banding.

A woman enjoying the results of her neck lift, which eliminated vertical banding.

Both facelift and neck lift surgery address the effects of aging, but they do not treat the same areas.

So, which one is right for you?

What is the Difference Between a Facelift and Neck Lift?

People who have visible aging on the face and neck and strive to look and feel younger will often decide between a facelift or a neck lift.

Both surgeries restore optimal facial rejuvenation and a youthful appearance, but they target different regions.


Loose, sagging skin on your face can make you look older than you feel or are.

Facelift surgery addresses aging on the lower two-thirds of the face as well as sagging skin along the jawline.

The excess facial skin is removed, and deeper tissues are tightened and repositioned to restore a more youthful contour to the face.

Neck Lift

A neck lift only addresses the vertical banding on the neck. Neck lift surgery trims excess skin and fat to improve unwanted neck laxity.

Underlying muscle bands are also tightened to create smoother, firmer neck contours.

Can I Combine a Facelift and a Neck Lift?

Skin laxity can occur on both the face and neck.

In these cases, patients may be advised to combine a facelift with a neck lift to achieve optimal results.

The incisions for a neck lift are often the same as a facelift, making it a suitable surgical combination to consider.

This combination can help patients with:

  • Jowls
  • A poorly defined jawline
  • A wrinkled or saggy neck

Dr. Messa will help you determine if combining both surgeries would be beneficial.

Have More Questions?

The best way to determine which procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Messa.

If you have more questions about facelift or neck lift surgery, call our office in Weston, Florida, today at (954) 659-7760 or fill out our online contact form.

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