What Are the Differences Between a Cheek Lift and a Facelift?

Many areas of the face are subject to the natural effects of time, genetics, and other factors. As a result, there are a number of procedures that target specific facial zones to help improve their appearance. Two of these treatments, facelift and cheek lift, can seem to offer similar outcomes, but in reality they achieve very different goals in different patients. As an extensively experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Richards can help you determine which approach is optimal for you during your initial consultation. In general, it can be useful to know that facelift and cheek lift enhance different regions of the face.

Facelift surgery reshapes and refines the neck and lower face contour, including the jawline, to create a more youthful appearance. Excess skin is trimmed to address skin laxity and deep creases. Underlying neck muscles are tightened to improve signs of aging without leaving a “windswept” or artificial look. The cheeks usually will not be very much affected, unless the patient has particularly wide-set and protuberant cheekbones.

Cheek lift, on the other hand, is designed to restore the curves and projection of the cheeks and under-eye area. This procedure can also lift the sides of the mouth, which turn down over time. A cheek lift will also minimize the appearance of under-eye bags and deep hollows.

Many patients can benefit from combining techniques, while others may be satisfied by just one approach or the other. Dr. Richards will discuss all your options during the initial consultation.

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