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What are the Different Kinds of Facelifts and What are the Differences?

The face is a complex part of your body and has 43 different muscles. There are many delicate and vital structures that function together to create facial motions. A custom facelift should never be a generic procedure, but a specific set of surgical procedures, uniquely tailored for you. Several areas of your face may require treatment, from brow to upper neck. Every person is different, and the surgery could be a full facelift, a lower facelift, mini-facelift, or upper facelift, or a combination of procedures.

A full facelift

A full facelift is a combination of all the procedures designed to lift sagging, aging facial tissues and skin. A full facelift includes:

  • An upper facelift, or brow lift, to address the forehead and sagging brows
  • A lower facelift to address the signs of age from the cheeks to the jawline
  • Removing excess sagging skin and fat beneath the chin and on the upper neck

A full facelift is best for people who show significant signs of aging from forehead to upper neck area. A full facelift creates a natural-looking result when performed with the latest surgical techniques. It takes more than just removing sagging skin – for a beautiful result, the underlying tissues must be tightened. This technique produces results far superior to what was achieved with older surgical methods, which created that unnatural, pulled look. When the muscles are tightened and lifted, and the skin repositioned, you will look like you – just many years younger!

Mini facelift

mini facelift is excellent for people showing the earlier signs of aging facial aging. This custom procedure smooths deeper laugh lines, restores a youthful position to the underlying facial muscles and tissues, and restores definition at the jawline. A mini facelift only treats the lower third of the face. This procedure typically involves an s-shaped incision around the ears so that the muscles and tissues of the cheeks can be tightened.

Upper facelift

An upper facelift, also known as brow lift, is designed to smooth deep forehead creases, and subtly lift the eyes and brows. As we age, our facial muscles weaken and droop, causing the eyebrows to sag. An upper facelift specifically targets the weakened muscles at the forehead for a refreshed look. 

Lower facelift

A lower facelift targets the lower two-thirds of your face down to the region below the jaw and chin. A lower facelift can:

  • Raise drooping cheeks and jowls for a more defined jawline 
  • Smooth the appearance of deep creases around the mouth
  • Remove double chin fat
  • Smooth the upper neck
  • Smooth deep laugh lines and marionette lines

Facial plastic surgery at its best: Technique matters.

When you undergo a facelift from Dr. Siegel, your procedure will be customized to match the signs of aging skin and tissue you are experiencing. As one of the most acclaimed facial plastic surgeons practicing in Houston, you can expert results that appear natural and refreshed. The first step is to meet with us so we can evaluate your condition and discuss the type of facelift that will produce the best result for you.


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May 1, 2020 Update:

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