When Should a Facelift and Neck Lift Be Combined?

The most effective procedure to rejuvenate the appearance of an aging face is a facelift. However, the effects of aging can first start to appear in the neck before signs of aging become prominent in the face. Patients who want an all-over rejuvenation of both the face and neck often combine facelift and neck lift procedures for optimal results.

What Is a Facelift?

A facelift is a procedure that reduces the signs of aging, including sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines, and jowls. At Zochowski Plastic & Reconstructive surgery, Dr. Zochowski uses three different approaches to his customizable facelifts.

The Mini Facelift is the most appropriate method for patients who are in their 40s or 50s and want to lift and reposition facial skin to improve wrinkles on the cheeks. The mini facelift is less effective on jowls and minimally effective on the neck.

The Short Scar Technique is where the facial muscles are lifted vertically and fixated under tension. The results are dramatic improvements while still being natural. This technique primarily improves the cheeks and jowls but can also improve the neck.

The Full Incision Technique is for patients who have chosen to wait until they’re in their 50s and older to undergo a facelift and require a lot more reconstruction. To obtain maximum benefits with natural-appearing results, Dr. Zochowski recommends the full incision technique to lift and tighten sagging skin and improve the appearance of the jowls and neck.

What Is a Neck Lift?

A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck. If you’re unhappy with excess wrinkles on the neck, sagging skin, a double chin, or jowl lines then you could possibly benefit from the amazing, youthful results of a neck lift.

When Should a Facelift and Neck Lift Be Combined?

The effects of aging can be noticed in multiple areas of the face at once. Aging doesn’t happen in one location at a time. Blending the lower face into the neck is crucial for creating more natural results. Occasionally, one can be addressed without the other, but for most cases, it is optimal to perform these surgeries together to avoid an unnatural look.


When you combine your facelift and neck lift, you can also reduce your recovery time. Recovery for either of these procedures will take around 2-3 weeks, depending on your overall health. Having them completed together cuts the recovery period down by half since you don’t have to undergo two separate surgeries.

Schedule Your Facelift & Neck Lift Consultation Today!

To find out if combining these procedures is the right option for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher Zochowski. At Zochowski Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we believe that aesthetic and reconstructive medicine is a key part of boosting your self-confidence and improving the overall quality of your life.


When you look good and you’re confident in your appearance, you feel your absolute best. To learn more about if you should combine your facelift with a neck lift, don’t hesitate to call (614) 490-7500 or contact us through our convenient website portal and schedule your private consultation today!