Of all the areas of the face, the lower face and neck trouble people the most. This is because as we age, the skin loses its tight attachment to underlying structures. The skin also becomes thinner — as does the layer of fat beneath it — and loses its elasticity, so it falls down.
A lower facelift moves the skin of the face up and back to help tighten loose skin around this area. Excess skin is trimmed. Often, a small scar results around the ears. The swelling lasts about 10 days, and there may be some mild bruising.
Note: When plastic surgeons refer to a facelift, they usually mean a lower facelift. But many non-cosmetic surgeons assume that a facelift means the whole face will be treated. Be sure to clarify meaning of facelift with your surgeon before discussing your surgery and factoring in any cost-based decisions.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Lower Facelift?
If you have a large amount of skin hanging under your neck, and prominent jowls, you will probably benefit from a lower facelift. Please note that we will not perform facelifts on smokers because there is an increased risk of skin necrosis, or “skin death,” which can result when nicotine constricts blood vessels and deprives the skin of blood and oxygen. If you are a smoker, our doctors can discuss alternative procedures with you.
A lower facelift can improve hanging skin, the muscle bands in the neck and, when combined with fat removal, the fatty appearance of the neck. This results in more definition around the jawline, and an overall more youthful appearance.