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Which Works for You: Facelift, Mini Facelift, or Neck Lift?

Facial rejuvenation is an extraordinarily popular branch of cosmetic surgery around the world and at my own Chicago practice. Plastic surgeons develop new procedures all the time to help patients treat and prevent the effects of aging. If you’ve been researching facial rejuvenation and are overwhelmed by your options, I hope my brief guide to 3 of the top options can help answer some of your questions. As always, the best way to determine your candidacy for any of these procedures is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

  • Facelift: A facelift is the most comprehensive of these 3 options and has long been considered the “gold standard” for facial rejuvenation. A facelift uses discreet incisions around the ears and within the hairline to access the muscles and tissues of the lower face, repositioning and tightening them for an improved contour and smoother skin around the jawline, cheeks, and chin. The techniques I use in my own practice focus on improving the resiliency of the deep facial tissues rather than simply tightening the skin. This approach results in a much more natural-looking final result.
  • Mini facelift: This modified version of the full facelift is a great way for patients who don’t have a significant amount of facial aging to improve their looks with less downtime. Many mini facelift patients are also people who have undergone full facelift procedures in the past and are looking for ways to maintain their results. A mini facelift addresses the same areas as a full facelift, only to a lesser degree and with shorter scars and usually an easier recovery period.
  • Neck lift: Neck lift surgery shifts its focus from the lower face to the neck, an area where many people notice their earliest and most significant signs of aging. Neck lift surgery can reduce excess fat in the neck, troublesome “neck bands,” wrinkles, loose skin, and weakened muscles. Neck lift surgery may be performed on its own, but it’s also often a companion to facelift or mini facelift surgery.

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