Lower facelift surgery rejuvenates the bottom third of the face by tightening the face’s underlying structures that slack with age. The procedure also trims excess skin, smoothing it down to eliminate facial creases and giving a visual lift to the bottom third of the face.
A lower facelift is what often comes to mind when people think of a facelift. Lower facelift eliminates jowls, targets lax skin on the neck and jaw line, addresses deep wrinkles, and raises the corners of the mouth. The “full facelift,” in contrast, is actually a combination of a lower facelift, mid facelift, and brow lift (forehead lift). The full facelift rejuvenates the face from forehead to neck, while the lower facelift rejuvenates the lower third of the face.
For these reasons, candidates for lower facelift surgery are patients in relatively good health who have reasonably elastic skin and are showing aging in the bottom third of their face as well as the neck. Those with lax skin around the jaw line and/or drooping corners of the mouth as well as a neck with excess skin, thick bands, or excess fat, are ideal candidates for lower facelift surgery.
Approximate Length of Surgery: 1 – 1 ½ hours
Approximate Cost: $4500 to $7,000
Average Recovery Time: One week – several days