What is a facelift?

A forehead lift, sometimes referred to as a browlift or browplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to lift a drooping eyebrow that might obstruct vision and/or to remove the deep worry lines that run across the forehead and might portray to others anger, sternness, hostility, fatigue or other unintended emotions

Types of facelifts:

Traditional Full Facelift

The traditional full facelift provides a comprehensive plan to improve various of the signs of aging. It can effectively improve sagging around the cheeks, lines around the mouth, extra fat and rolls under the chin, and jowls. This lift requires extensive incisions along the temple, around the ear, into the hairline behind the ear, and skin flap elevation down into the neck. It is typically chosen by those between 50 to 70 years of age.


A mid-facelift involves lifting and tightening of tissues below the eyes and around the cheeks. This requires deep surgery to improve the contours of the face and to sculpt prominent cheekbones. As this procedure is limited to the mid-face, candidates are usually men and women between 30 and 60 years who just want subtle changes. Post-operatively the goal is to look refreshed rather than “overhauled”.

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift can do just that with smaller incisions and a shorter recovery period. Mini facelifts are ultra-focused and target small, precise areas such as jawline and lower cheeks. Incisions are made in front of and behind the ears and excess skin is excised.  This procedure can be done under monitored anesthesia care and does not usually require post-operative drains.

Lower Facelift

A lower facelift focuses on the lower third of the face and is a terrific procedure for improving jowls, defining the jawline, reducing deep nasolabial folds and helping sagging lines starting at the corners of the mouth. A Lower facelift is used for patients of most age groups to reduce the signs of aging and to promote facial rejuvenation.

Submental Facelift

This may also be called “necklift” and involves removal of fat directly or with liposuction, with or without muscle plication.  It would be used to improve a double chin.  Incisions are made in front of and behind the ear, as well as under the chin.  A drain is usually placed for 24 hours after surgery. This procedure is usually appropriate for middle-aged men and women, but might possibly be indicated for younger patients. 

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