neck and lower face

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The neck and lower face is the most common area of concern among facelift patients in general.

Lower Face And Neck

These are some common signs of aging in the lower face and neck. This section explores some of the facelift options that can address these signs of aging. It will also give you an idea of what to look for in your own face and what recommendations you might expect when you talk to a surgeon.

  • If the signs of aging you are concerned with are distributed among the color groups, you may well be a candidate for a traditional facelift.
  • If the signs of aging you are concerned with are primarily from the red and blue groups, a mid-facelift (often done in conjunction with full face lasering) may be for you.
  • If the signs of aging you are concerned with are only from the green group, a necklift may be right for you.

Traditional Facelift

  • Most facelift incisions are placed behind the hairline and within natural contours in front of and behind ear.
  • Excess skin and fat are removed.
  • In some cases, the deeper tissues are repositioned to restore more youthful contours and volume.

Mid-Facelift or Cheek Lift

  • If lifting the cheek area is your primary concern, this is sometimes accomplished with only the part of the facelift incision which runs from your temple to the front of your ear.
  • Occasionally, an alternative is a cheek lift performed through lower eyelid incisions.

Necklift / Lower Facelift

  • This requires one short incision in front of the ear and another behind it.
  • Excess fat can be removed through a small incision under your chin.
  • The muscles in your neck can be tightened through that same incision.
  • Excess skin of the neck and lower face are removed.


The goal of all of these facelift procedures is to restore a youthful contour to the face and to do so in a manner that is individualized for each patient.