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Facelift Options: 3 Ways to Put Your Best Face Forward

Jacky Gale | July 13, 2018 | Posted in Facelift

Senior female face with wrinkled neck skin

There are lots of options for women and men who want to put their best face forward. From dermal fillers to photo facials, FaceTite to threadlifts, there are minimally invasive and noninvasive treatments galore, all aimed at turning back the clock. But as effective as these treatments are, the most dramatic results are from surgical facelifts. Talk to a plastic surgeon to find out more about the three main facelift options: Upper face, midface, and lower face.

The upper facelift

For surgical purposes, your face is divided into three zones. The upper face is your forehead and brow line—and everything else that’s north of your eyes. You’ll also likely hear the upper facelift referred to as a brow lift. Your plastic surgeon may determine that an upper facelift is an appropriate choice for you if you would like to correct the appearance of moderate to severe horizontal wrinkles across the forehead or frown lines between the eyebrows. An upper facelift is also effective at lifting sagging brows that droop over the upper eyelids. After your recovery, you’ll also notice that your eyebrows look more youthful and refreshed.

The midface lift

The midface comprises the bulk of your face. It includes your nose, cheeks, and region above the upper lip. Everything from the corners of your mouth up to the corners of your eyes is part of your midface. In this region, one of the biggest cosmetic concerns is the loss of volume. As the volume declines and tissue sags, the signs of aging become more obvious. These include the deepening nasolabial folds, the appearance of jowls, and the hollowing that exacerbates puffiness under the eyes.

While performing a midface lift, the plastic surgeon will gently adjust the tissues and skin to minimize the nasolabial folds and restore the volume to the cheeks. It’s possible to place the incision for a midface lift in the temple area, behind the hairline. Patients tend to prefer this approach, as it minimizes visible scarring.

The lower facelift

Everything underneath the corners of your mouth is considered to be your lower face region. This includes your jawline and laugh lines. And although a neck lift is a separate procedure, many patients prefer to combine a neck lift with a lower facelift, as the area under the chin and around the neck tends to be problematic for many people. While performing a lower facelift, the plastic surgeon will reposition the tissues and skin to produce the pleasing contours that are associated with youthfulness.

Which facelift is right for you?

Among his patients, Dr. Thomas Loeb is known for his exceptional clinical skills and intuitive sense of artistry. Facelifts are one of the plastic surgeries Dr. Loeb specializes in. During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Loeb, you’ll explain your concerns and discuss your aesthetic goals, allowing the doctor to customize your treatment plan to fit your unique needs.

Typically, facelifts are performed within Dr. Loeb’s own private surgical suite in Manhattan. If you have any questions about your upcoming surgery, or you’d like to schedule an initial facial surgery consultation about having a facelift in NYC, you can call 212-327-3700.

Additional resources for facelift patients

  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Comparing upper facelift, mid facelift and lower facelift,
  2. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Brow Lift,
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