What is a Lower Facelift?
There are many types of face lift procedures. The three key approaches to a face lift approach the face in terms of three different facial regions (upper, middle and lower).
A lower face lift can help tighten the skin of your lower face and jowls.
It is a very popular facial surgery for facial rejuvenation of the lower facial area, which involves the jawline (jowls) and neck area.
Eye lid surgery (Blepharoplasty) and Upper Facelifts (brow lift surgery) are also commonly sought by individuals who want to ‘turn back the clock’ by as much as 7 to 8 years worth of younger-looking facial skin.
Lower face lift surgery is also often combined with a neck lift or full face lift to get an overall facial rejuvenation result.
With modern advances in skin rejuvenation and surgical enhancement, there are many options for getting the appearance improvements you want.
These include Fat Transfer (AFT) or injectables (dermal fillers), which can help replace lost volume in cheeks, lips or other facial areas. Combined with facial rejuvenation surgery (Rhytidectomy procedures), the effect can be:
- jawline re-defining
- natural looking
The bottom third of your face can be treated by a Lower Facelift
Lower face lift surgery can help to rejuvenate the bottom third of your face, which can leave you with lax jowl skin that leaves your jawline looking saggy or ill-defined.
A lower face lift achieves facial rejuvenation by helping to tighten the underlying structures that slacken with age, such as sagging jowls or a fleshy-looking neck.
- This facial surgery involves trimming away excess facial skin that has lost elasticity or sagged due to changes in your facial volume
- Lower Face Surgery helps smooth the appearance of your facial skin and eliminates many facial creases around your lower face or mouth
- You’ll get a visually pleasing lift to the bottom third of your face that still looks natural if you choose the right Surgeon
The PRIMARY face lift is typically a lower face lift, but some people get a combination of different types (or a sequence over time).
Although there are many different types of Facelift procedures, a lower face lift is the procedure most people think about when it comes to considering a “facelift.”
Lower Facelift Surgery by a Specialist Plastic Surgeon can help:
- eliminate sagging jowls
- target and reduce lax skin that hangs along your lower face, neck or jawline
- reduce deep creases or facial wrinkles in certain areas of the face
- remedy down-turned corners of the mouth
A lower facelift can also help to raise the corners of your mouth if they have changed to appear semi-permanently ‘turned downwards’ as if in a frown (this often occurs not from frowning but from making repeated facial expressions of concentration).
How does a Lower Face Lift differ from a Full Facelift?
The “full facelift,” in contrast to lower face lift surgery, is actually a combination of a lower facelift, mid facelift and a brow lift (a surgical lift of the forehead to remove wrinkles, brow furrows and excess skin).
The full facelift rejuvenates the face more thoroughly, from the forehead to your neck.
All faces age differently.
Your face will age partially due to your genetics (your heritage), partially due to your lifestyle, and partially due to your skin care regimes over time – as well as HOW MUCH sun exposure your facial skin has accumulated over the years.
Facial Anatomy and Why the Lower Face Lift is Popular
The lower face is often an area of your facial anatomy that is relatively quick to reveal signs of facial aging and skin laxity (lost collagen).
So, too, is the area around your eyes (which can be treated by eyelid surgery or Upper or Lower Blepharoplasty or Canthoplasty surgery).
Fortunately, a lower facelift helps rejuvenates the lower region (lower third) of your face.
Are you a good candidate for Lower Facelift Surgery?
Good candidates for LOWER FACE LIFT surgery will be people who:
- are in relatively good health
- at a stable weight
- still have reasonably elastic skin (sufficient elastin/collagen and resiliency) or strong healing capacities
- show signs of ageing mostly in the bottom third of their faces or their jowl and neck area
- have loose, saggy skin around their jawlines or drooping corners of their mouths
- are unhappy with excess neck skin or who have thick bands around the neck (excess neck fat) – which may mean they are an ideal candidate for lower facial surgery such as a combined lower face lift and neck lift
The Lower Facelift (Overview of the lower-third face rejuvenation procedure or Rhytidectomy)
Your Surgeon will give you more detailed information on the procedure, including risks, but in general:
- A lower face-lift can be performed through a small incision that begins in front of the ear and extends down and behind the ear.
- If a neck lift is performed at the same time as lower face lift, a small incision will be made under the chin.
- Working through the small or carefully hidden incisions, your Plastic Surgeon carefully separates the skin from the underlying tissues, below
- Your Surgeon removes excess fat, carefully repositions the skin and tightens the facial muscles to restore more youthful facial contours
- The skin is carefully smoothed before any excess skin is trimmed away and a fine incision is carefully positioned and sutured in the hairline or behind the ear (or sometimes under the chin, depending on the procedure).
- Your incisions will be closed with sutures
- You will be bandaged and given instructions for post-op recovery (and our special Rapid Recovery pack)
For patients interested in having cheek elevation using injectables – as well as tightening the neck and jowls for a more defined jaw line – then a different type of face lift (a slightly more significant approach) may be more appropriate. Some call this a standard face lift. It offers more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. This ‘standard’ technique requires incisions to be made near your ear, along the hairline or sideburn area, as well as potentially under the chin, or both.
How Lower Facelift Techniques get a Natural Look
The facelift procedures of the past were performed by simply tightening the skin, which meant they ignored the underlying laxity of the facial muscles. This often resulted in the face’s underlying structures not being addressed for best results (some compare it to ‘pulling a top blanket over an unmade bed’) and it also tended to produce an overly-taut, alarmed or strongly pulled “windblown” appearance to the face.
Fortunately, newer facelift techniques avoid this unnatural looking result.
Instead of simply pulling the skin taught, Plastic Surgeons now:
- carefully tighten the underlying structures of the face that, along with the superficial layer of skin, have also sagged with age and are in need or surgical correction (strengthening or re-positioning) for best results
- trim excess skin
- tighten the underlying structures of the jawline and neck which have drifted downwards or become very lax as we have aged
Often combined with removal in the neck (facial liposuction), the lower facelift is able to restore a youthful, smooth look to the neck and lower third of the face.
- There are several lower facelift techniques and your Surgeon will choose the best approach based on your anatomy, ageing concerns and patterns of aging as well as the condition (elasticity) of your facial skin.
What’s an Upper Face lift?
Upper Facelift Surgery Options (Brow Lift or Forehead Lift)
As above, the face has three general areas when it comes to ageing changes:
- the upper third or brow and eye area
- the middle third (cheek area) and
- the lower third (jowls, lips, chin and jawline)
Facial Ageing of the Upper Face
Do you have:
- drooping brows
- angry, or tired appearance
- horizontal lines across the forehead
- deep furrows between the brows
- heavy upper eyelids
Are others remarking that you look:
- constantly worried
This can be related to ageing of the face, particularly the upper face, where ‘concentration or worry’ lines, creases and wrinkles begin to form over time.
Ageing of the Upper Face and how an Upper (or Full) Facelift can Help
As ageing occurs, lines and wrinkles tend to form on our foreheads due to the constant muscle movement in that region (as well as different expressions that we make repeatedly over time).
This can leave us looking older – or with more wrinkled, creased skin – than we would like.
- Horizontal lines also tend to form across the forehead as we age.
- Vertical lines can become etched between our brows, making us look tired or angry – or both.
- With ageing, our faces can leave us looking unapproachable or even upset – when we’re simply not.
- Expressions can seem to become ‘permanently’ etched into our faces around our eye area and forehead area (as well as in the lower face).
Fortunately, with the help of specialist Face Lift Surgeons in Melbourne or Sydney, you can choose a brow lift to help achieve a more refreshed, smoother facial appearance.
Turning back the clock using Face Lift techniques
You won’t ever look as young as you did in the decades gone by, but there’s a LOT you can do with facial rejuvenation surgery and skin rejuvenation techniques.
There are various types of brow lift surgeries to cater to your individual needs and facial anatomy. These can provide natural-looking, aesthetically beautiful results.
With an upper face lift, your Plastic Surgeon can help you to take YEARS off of the appearance your face. This is done by your Surgeon eliminating the wrinkles or deep grooves on the forehead, and helping restore (repositioning) your brow line to a more ideal position to prevent the sagging brow look.
If you are interested in brow lift surgery, send an Enquiry form below, or meet our Surgeons at one of our FREE monthly events.
Ideal candidates for Upper Face Lift Surgery
- Most surgical candidates opting for BROW LIFT (Upper Face Lift) Surgery are between 40 and 50 to up to 60+ years old
- Some candidates are in their 70s or above; if they have good skin elasticity they may remain great candidates for face lift procedures
- It is important that surgery patients do NOT smoke and are in generally good health, as well as at a stable weight
- You might want this procedure when your brows or eyelids have begun to sag – or when the wrinkles or forehead creases have become ‘permanently etched’ features of your forehead or eye lid area.
- Younger patients sometimes request a brow lift for personal reasons, such as relating to an inherited upper facial trait they wish to alter with surgery or with combined surgery & non-surgical treatments
Realistic expectations from Facial Surgery are crucial for a satisfactory outcome that leaves you feeling great about your surgical experience.
Anyone considering an Upper Face Lift procedure should have a well-informed understanding of what the surgery can – and cannot – accomplish. After an in-depth discussion with an experienced Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon who performs custom facial rejuvenation, you will have a better understanding of what procedure (or combination of procedures) will get you the outcome YOU are looking for in terms of facial rejuvenation or appearance improvements. You’ll also have a better understanding of what can be achieved, realistically.
Some brow lift candidates initially believe they need Blepharoplasty (eyelid) surgery to correct drooping above their eyes.
But sometimes what they need is a brow lift to help minimize these problems more effectively over the longer term.
How do you know what face lift surgery will be best for your specific facial ageing concerns?
The best thing you can do to determine what surgery (or combined approaches) will help remedy your facial ageing concerns is to meet with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon (face, skin, nose & eyes) or Oculoplastic Surgeon (eyes and brows).
Choose one of our leading Melbourne or Sydney Plastic Surgeons for Facial Surgery including Lower Face Lift, Mid Facelift and Upper Face Lift (Brow lift) procedures!
Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons will give you an honest appraisal of what surgery can, and cannot, accomplish – and why. They can help you select the best combined procedures that give you a natural looking face LIFT. Send an enquiry form today (or phone us during clinic hours on (03) 8849 1444.