Diane Irvine Duncan, M.D.
My question is in regard to facelifts. I am particularly concerned with the "chicken" neck I have developed, while I don't feel the rest of my facial features are bothersome. Is it possible to just have the neck fixed or is it part of an entire facelift?
It is possible to lift the neck if you only have excess skin below your jaw line. If your facial skin is also lax, doing a neck lift only (without an incision behind the ears) can cause pleating or bunching of the skin just in front of the earlobe. You may also get a non-harmonious appearance if your neck appears youthful and your face looks old & tired. The overall outcome should be the most important factor when making your decision about facial rejuvenation.