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Dr. Waheed Mohamed

Medically reviewed by Dr. Waheed Mohamed

Aging is a natural process that affects everyone, and it comes with several changes in our physical appearance, especially on the face. Your skin may look saggy, wrinkled, and droopy, making you feel self-conscious and unhappy. Fortunately, a facelift is a cosmetic procedure that can help restore your youthful appearance, trimming years off your face. However, before going for a facelift, it’s essential to understand what parts of the face it can correct.

Areas a Facelift Can Correct

Forehead and Brows

While a facelift focuses primarily on the lower face and neck, it can also benefit the forehead and eyebrows. A traditional facelift involves lifting and tightening the skin and underlying tissues of the cheeks, jawline and neck, which can provide a subtle lift to the brows and forehead. However, if you are concerned with drooping brows and forehead wrinkles, a forehead lift (also known as a brow lift) is more suitable to address these issues. 

Lower Face and Neck

The lower face and neck are the most common areas a facelift addresses, as it can correct signs of aging, such as jowls, loose skin under the chin, and deep creases that extend to the corners of the mouth. Combining your facelift with a neck lift helps create sharper features around the jaw and neck. This combination tightens the sagging skin across the mid and lower face and neck, removing wrinkles and reducing jowls. 

Cheeks

Sagging cheeks and jowls are two of the most common signs of aging that a facelift can address. During the procedure, your surgeon will make incisions along the hairline and around the ear to access the underlying muscle and tissue. They will then lift and reposition the tissue to create a more youthful appearance, smoothing out wrinkles and reducing sagging in the cheeks and jowls.

Eyelids

While a facelift can help smooth out wrinkles and lift sagging skin in the lower face and neck, it may not significantly impact the eye area. However, some facelift techniques can include a brow lift, which can help lift the eyebrows and reduce the appearance of lower eyelid bags. If you want to address the eye area, consider a blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, which can help with droopy eyelids or under-eye bags. 

Chin and Jawline

 A facelift can also help lift the chin and jawline area. During a facelift procedure, the surgeon will lift and reposition the skin and underlying muscles of the face, which can result in tighter and smoother skin, as well as a more defined jawline and chin. However, it’s important to note that the extent of improvement in the chin and jawline area may vary depending on individual factors, such as skin elasticity and facial bone structure. 


Enhance Your Youthful Appearance with a Facelift

Understanding the different parts of the face that a facelift can correct will help you and your surgeon decide which procedures will work best for you. It’s crucial to go with a certified and experienced surgeon who understands your unique needs and has a track record of successful facelift procedures. 

If you want to correct your facial features with cosmetic surgery, visit the Carolinas Center facelift page for more information.