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What is a face and neck lift?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
A face and neck lift also called a rhytidectomy and neck lift are plastic surgery procedures to tighten the skin from the midface and neck regions. Most standard facelifts include tightening the lining over the muscle called the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) as well as removal of skin both in the temporal and periauricular regions (in front of the ear). During a neck lift, the platsymal muscle is plicated in the midline as a sling to tighten the neck region. 

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