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

Facelift, brow lift, and cheek lift surgery are some of the most popular procedures available at our practice, and each of these options can rejuvenate facial aesthetics in its own way. With this in mind, it is always good for individuals who are considering surgical facial enhancement to understand the distinctions between these treatments, and which may be the more appropriate option for one’s unique needs and goals. 

It is a common misconception that facelift surgery can reduce signs of age and lax skin in all regions of the face. In actuality, a facelift is typically most beneficial for the lower-third area of the face and all of the neck. The procedure can restore the youthful contours of the face and neck, and remove the excess skin in these regions. This reduces signs of age around the corners of the mouth, diminishes the appearance of jowls, and provides a smoother, more defined neck. 

A cheek lift is usually a more ideal option for patients who have concerns in the middle area of the face, which includes the cheeks, the lower eyelids, and downturned mouth corners. Cheek lift surgery can reposition the sagging volume and contour of the cheeks, which can be very effective for individuals who have experienced a flatness of their midface and excessive jowling and folds by their mouth. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Richards, can also combine laser skin resurfacing of the lower eyelids with cheek lift surgery to improve signs of excess skin and fine lines that can occur in these regions due to volume and collagen deficits. 

Finally, a brow lift is typically best for patients who would like to address certain conditions that commonly affect the upper area of the face. The natural aging process can eventually lead to a descended brow, frown lines and furrows between the eyebrows, and forehead creases. These concerns may ultimately create a constantly stressed, tired, or angry appearance. Fortunately, brow lift surgery can provide long-lasting, natural-looking improvement for many patients. 

For individuals who would like comprehensive rejuvenation of more than one region of the face, these treatments can often be combined to address several facial areas. They can also be paired with eyelid surgery or with non-surgical options that may be ideal for your goals. Dr. Richards will evaluate your needs during the initial consultation and help you determine the options that are most suitable for your expectations. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today! 

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