A face lift treats both the face and the neck simultaneously. For some patients aging of the neck occurs faster than in the face. These patients may then be good candidates for a neck lift only. The most important issue when considering a neck lift is what is called jowling. The jowls are the puffy or wrinkled areas of loose skin. It can occur on both sides of the mouth at the level of the jawline. When the jowls are large, they frequently extend below the jawline. This creates an unnatural break in the normally smooth contour of the jaw. It appears as if the face is separated from the neck.
Dr. Newman does not recommend a neck lift (Platysmaplasty) if the jowls are prominent. In this case he opts for a facelift. A neck lift by itself can make the jowls seem more prominent. Patients with neck laxity and jowling usually have other issues related to laxity. They are better candidates for a facelift which can greatly improve laxity and descended tissues. This usually restores harmony to the facial physique. Don’t let the signs of aging keep you from looking your best. Let Dr. Newman help you become your best self today!
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