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Combing a Facelift and Neck Lift in Beverly Hills

Renowned Beverly Hills, CA, facial plastic surgeon Alfred Cohen, MD frequently addresses questions about the benefits of combining cosmetic surgery procedures. Achieving a more youthful appearance with facial plastic surgery often involves more than one procedure to achieve superior results that are balanced and more natural-looking. Combining a neck lift with a facelift is an approach often recommended for individuals seeking a more comprehensive enhancement. Below we will explore the benefits and key considerations of combining these two transformative procedures. 

Understanding Each Procedure

Facelift: Technically known as a rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure that aims to create a more youthful facial appearance. Areas of the face and jowls that have lost skin elasticity and muscle tone are tightened and lifted. Excess skin is removed, significantly reducing the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin primarily around the lower face and jawline.

Neck Lift: A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, focuses on removing excess skin, tightening loose muscles, and improving the contour of the jawline and neck. This procedure is ideal for patients who are troubled by ‘turkey neck’ or double chin, providing a smoother, more refined neck area.

Relationship Between the Procedures

While both a facelift and a neck lift can offer significant improvements on their own, combining these procedures can produce a more comprehensive rejuvenation. Since aging often affects both the face and the neck simultaneously, addressing both areas ensures that the skin’s texture and appearance are uniformly refreshed and revitalized. This integrated approach avoids the discrepancy that might be evident if only one area is corrected, leading to a more natural, balanced look.

Considerations for Combination Surgery

Combining a facelift with a neck lift is more efficient than undergoing two separate surgeries. This approach reduces overall recovery time and exposure to anesthesia and tends to be more cost-effective. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for combined surgery. Here are a few considerations:

  • Health Status– Patients must be in good overall health, without medical conditions that impair healing.
  • Recovery Time– While combining procedures may decrease overall recovery time, the initial recovery may be more intensive than with a single procedure.
  • Expectations– It is vital for patients to have realistic expectations about the results. A thorough consultation with Dr. Alfred Cohen can provide clarity and align goals.

Choose an Experienced Surgeon

When considering combined facelift and neck lift procedures, selecting a board-certified facial plastic surgeon is paramount. Board certification ensures that the surgeon has undergone rigorous training and examinations specific to facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. It is advisable to seek out a surgeon certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) or the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS). 

These certifications confirm that the surgeon has specialized knowledge and adheres to exact standards of safety, ethics, and clinical practice. Additionally, surgeons certified by these boards are required to keep current with the latest techniques and advancements in the field, ensuring they are well-equipped to deliver the best possible outcomes. Choosing a surgeon with these credentials helps to assure competence and increases the likelihood of achieving your desired aesthetic results while minimizing risks.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you would like to learn more about cosmetic surgery, we invite you to schedule a consultation. Dr. Cohen is an expert in the field of facial plastic surgery and is board-certified by the ABFPRS as well as the ABOHNS. If you are considering surgery to rejuvenate your face and neck, request an appointment today at the office of Alfred Cohen, MD, Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA.