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Facelift vs. Neck Lift: What’s the Difference? 

A cheerful smiling young woman massaging face cheekbones (model)

Have you been on a Zoom call and thought everyone must be staring at your “turkey neck” because the twin vertical bands protrude so much? That’s more common than you might think. Both men and women express concerns about the appearance of their necks, even though they don’t mind wrinkles in other areas of the face.  

When Should You Get a Neck Lift? 

Patients are often surprised that they can get a neck lift without undergoing a full facelift—although our board-certified plastic surgeons frequently combine the two procedures. If you’re primarily concerned about sagging neck skin, jowls, and those vertical neck bands, a neck lift alone may be the best approach.  

Before and after Neck Lift treatment on a gentleman at Reveal Plastic Surgery. Patient case #458

When Should You Get a Facelift?  

A facelift addresses the areas around the mouth, nose, and cheeks. It can also improve jowling along the jawline. A facelift is an excellent solution if you’re mainly focused on wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds (smile lines) that extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth.  

Before and after Facelift and Neck Lift treatment on a woman at Reveal Plastic Surgery. Patient case #381

Combining a Facelift With a Neck Lift 

Even though facial aging doesn’t always occur uniformly in all areas, our surgeons often combine facelift and neck lift surgery for comprehensive rejuvenation. Nonsurgical treatments, such as injections of BOTOX® and dermal fillers, may also be appropriate. In some cases, you may incorporate fat transfer as part of your facelift to give your features a more youthful-looking volume.  

 Infographic showcasing the different areas of the face addressed with facelift and neck lift procedures.

Our board-certified plastic surgeons have extensive experience performing facial plastic surgery at Reveal Plastic Surgery. We can discuss your best options if you’re weighing the benefits of a facelift at our San Jose practice against the advantages of neck lift surgery. Please request a consultation using our online form or call us at  (408) 356-4241 with your questions. Cosmetic consultations are offered free of charge. 

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