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How To Choose Between a Surgical and Non-Surgical Facelift

In today’s busy world, more and more men and women are seeking ways to turn back the clock and improve their appearance without going under the knife by using non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

These procedures have many benefits over traditional plastic surgery, including:

  • Quicker treatment times
  • Little to no downtime required
  • Fewer surgical risks and side effects
  • Instant and natural looking results

Customized Surgical and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments in Kelowna

At our Kelowna Health Centre, we have a large team of board-certified plastic surgeons who are skilled, knowledgeable and experienced in a wide range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

Whether you are looking for a necklift or a simple dermal filler procedure, we are able to create a customized treatment plan to give you fast, safe and effective results to help you achieve all your aesthetic goals!

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Surgical vs Non Surgical Necklift - Which Option Is Right For You?

Whether it’s through a traditional necklift or using non-surgical methods such as Botox, patients seek out a cosmetic neck procedure for a number of issues, including:

  • Excess wrinkling in the skin on their neck
  • A double chin
  • A turkey wattle
  • Jowls
  • Abnormal contours due to muscle banding in the neck

Both surgical and non-surgical necklifts are a great way to address these concerns and can significantly improve the skin of your neck, resulting in a more youthful, vibrant and healthy appearance.


Surgical Necklifts

A traditional necklift (lower rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure that is designed to remove excess neck skin, tighten the underlying neck muscles, and improve the contours of your jawline for a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance.

If performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, it’s a simple and safe outpatient procedure with the following steps:

  • Your plastic surgeon will make small incisions under your chin and/or behind the ears
  • The neck muscles are tightened as desired and sewn together
  • Once this is completed, any excess fat or skin is trimmed away
  • The skin tissue is repositioned and secured with sutures
  • Incisions are closed and bandaged to promote healing

Traditional Necklift Recovery

The overall recovery time for this surgical procedure is around 14 days. As with any surgery, swelling and bruising is normal and will fade after a few days. You will most likely be able to return to work after 5-7 days.

Benefits of Surgical Necklifts

  • Permanent results
  • More dramatic changes in your appearance
  • It’s able to address more deeper wrinkles and more advanced signs of aging which cannot be fixed by non-surgical methods

Traditional Necklift 101


Non-surgical Necklifts

Ideal candidates for a non-surgical facelift are those who have a mild-to-moderate amount of sagging skin, superficial wrinkles and/or banding around the neck area. If you do want a smoother looking neck, but aren’t sure if you are ready for a surgical procedure, then there are two main options available:


Botox and dermal fillers are cosmetic injectables that are minimally-invasive, cost-effective and very safe. With their application, skin specialists are able to:

  • Tighten loose skin around the jawline
  • Tighten an ageing ‘turkey neck’
  • Remove jowling by filling in the lost volume in the area

The procedure only lasts up to 15 minutes, is painless, has no side effects and can rejuvenate your neck area beautifully.


Laser skin tightening is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical process that uses an infrared light source to address a number of neck skin concerns including:

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Skin laxity

It also promotes the growth of new collagen in the treatment area, resulting in smoother, softer skin and a more youthful appearance.

Which one is right for me?

When it comes to getting rid of loose neck skin and fat, traditional necklift surgery is the only real option that can fix the problem permanently. However, due to time, health, or money constraints, non-surgical treatments such as Botox or laser skin tightening may be the right option.

Book a consultation

Before undergoing any necklift procedure, it is best to book a consultation with a skin specialist. They can assess your aesthetic needs, health and aging concerns to determine which cosmetic treatment is the safest option for you.


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To find out more about our surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments, including necklifts and facelifts, contact our Kelowna health centre today at 250-868-9799 or fill in our online contact form.

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