I’m interested in a facelift, though my main concern is the neck area. What is the difference between removing just fat from the neck area with liposuction and tightening the muscles there? Is one approach better than the other?
Liposuction of the neck is useful for patients who are young and have good skin tone with excess submental fat as the primary cause of their neck contour concerns. I often however even in young patients will tighten the muscle to improve their results, a platysmaplasty. A facelift involves making incisions around the ear to tighten the muscles from that aspect. It is useful for improving the jowls, therefore restoring the jawline. It is often combined with neck liposuction and platysmaplasty to maximize the result. It is necessary in the patient who is older and has lost the elasticity of the neck skin to improve this area.
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