Do all facelifts have scars around the ears; I have a loose neck and want to know what surgery fixes that?
Surgeries to reposition these areas are called; facelifts, neck lifts, and face and neck lifts.
Often younger patients present only complaining of early skin laxity over the cheek into the jowl area. Therefore a facelift is performed, which tightens the facial tissues leaving a thin scar in front of the ear down to the earlobe. The scar is made to look like an anatomic crease that many people have naturally.
When the neck is the only problem the tightening is done from behind the ear in the crease. During a neck lift many times a small incision is made under the chin to tighten the neck tissues in the front of the neck as well.
Some patients require both their face and neck lifted. A face and neck lift surgery leaves a thin scar both if front, and behind, the ear.
The Plastic Surgeon needs to listen to the patient’s concerns and point out any associated issues about changing these areas that the patient may not be aware of. As with all cosmetic surgery the Plastic Surgeon needs to tailor the surgery to fit the patient.