Summary: The face is one of those things the human brain is wired to understand. We see a lot in the face—and we make a lot of decisions about people based on what we see in the face. That’s just the way our brains are wired (to a certain extent. We’re also trained to judge people based on what their faces look like.) That’s also why we put a lot of effort into our faces. We get botox, facelifts, brow lifts, and anything else that can help us look a little bit younger. But if you forget about one little bit of your face—the neck—all of that may be for naught. You need a necklift for a more youthful face.
Getting a Necklift for a More Youthful Face
A lot of emphasis is placed on the face—and rightfully so. Your face is where you make most of your first impressions and the way that you communicate most of your feelings. A smile, or lack thereof, can make a big impact on how people perceive you and relate to you. Likewise, the shape of that smile—the substance of that smile—can also have an effect on how people perceive you. If your smile creates many wrinkles, as tends to happen over time, people may perceive you as older, as less energetic, as less active and alert. They may make assumptions about how old you are, how desirable you are and so on.
It’s not surprising, then, that there are many plastic surgery procedures that are designed specifically to address the face. Blepharoplasty is a procedure, better known as an eyelid lift, that removes excess tissue from around the eyes. You can opt for a brow lift, which focuses on smoothing out the brow area, where wrinkles often first develop. Or you can go full blown with the facelift. This is a procedure that’s designed to remove folds, wrinkles, and excess tissue from your face. It’s a surgical procedure that will, in theory, take a few years off your face (or, in the lingo of plastic surgery: make you appear more youthful).
Facial Procedures and a Neck Lift
All of these facial procedures are good options for those who feel as though their faces are too “old” for their spirits. In other words, if you think your face is aging you prematurely, then a facelift is a good option. After all, by making your face look more youthful, you’ll change the way that people perceive you—and thus, you’ll change the way they interact with you. But you have to be careful with a facelift, because the human brain is very specifically wired to look at faces and notice changes, differences, and little things that don’t add up.
Here’s what I mean by that. If you get a facelift, your face may look five or ten years younger. That’s a great thing. But your neck may still look older. That’s not such a great thing, because it means that people will notice that disconnect. They won’t necessarily put two and two together, but they’ll notice that something is off. And when something is “off,” your face starts sending a new message altogether—not always the one you want to send.
Completing the Look
The solution here is to investigate a procedure called a neck lift. One of the fastest growing procedures in the United States, a necklift is designed to take the excess skin that accumulates around the neck and eliminate it. This gives the neck a much smoother appearance. It’s not that a neck lift is all that new or novel. It’s just that, often, people don’t think about neck lifts. They’re more worried about the face. But one thing that plastic surgeons have noticed is that, essentially, it all has to work together if it’s going to work at all.
Or, rather, if you want the best chance to look younger, you should seriously look at a necklift procedure. According to the website of the Chicago neck lift experts at Ogilvie Plastic Surgery, the procedure itself is not terribly invasive or traumatic. It can usually be performed on an outpatient basis, and you’ll do most of your recovering at home. There will, of course, be some immediate bruising and swelling, but that generally subsides within days or weeks, though marginal swelling can persist for a while longer. The recovery from a necklift is not all that different than a recovery from a facelift, and many patients choose to have both performed at the same time.
Look More Convincingly Youthful
After all, the end goal is to look more youthful—to look better. Many patients accomplish this through plastic surgery, and you’ll rely on your plastic surgeon to some extent to help you balance out your entire look, not just one aspect of it. In other words, if you are uncomfortable with the excess tissue around your eyelids, your plastic surgeon will help you determine if you just need an eyelid lift, or if a facelift and an eyelid lift combined would be better suited to give you your desired results.
Because at the end of the day, those desired results are pretty straightforward: you want to look younger, and you want to look younger especially in the face. Luckily, there is a wide variety of procedures designed to do just that.