A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck. A facelift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery.

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, our plastic surgeons are experts in facelift procedures individually tailored to each person’s specific features. As a restorative surgery, a facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process. However a facelift can improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:

  • Sagging in the mid-face
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
  • Fat that has fallen or is displaced
  • Loss of muscle tone in the lower face (jowls)
  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can make even a person of normal weight appear to have a double chin


Brow Lift

Some patients may elect to have a brow lift instead of a complete facelift. In this procedure, a portion of the forehead is lifted which results in brow elevation. This diminishes creases across the forehead. It can also help iron out wrinkle lines occurring on the upper bridge of the nose. A brow lift:

  • Minimizes the creases that develop across the forehead, or those that occur high on the bridge of the nose, between the eyes
  • Improves what are commonly referred to as frown lines, vertical creases that develop between the eyebrows
  • Repositions a low or sagging brow that is hooding the upper eyelid
  • Raises the eyebrows to a more alert and youthful position

Is This a Good Option For You?

Facelift or Brow Lift surgery may be a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy
  • You do not smoke
  • You have a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance

More Information?

If you have questions, please contact us. We are always willing to help you determine if this is right for you.

Facelift Words To Know

  • General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
  • Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
  • Jowls: A jaw line that sags into the neck, usually caused by loss of muscle tone in the lower face.
  • Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
  • Nasolabial fold: Deep creases between the nose and cheek.
  • Rhytidectomy: A surgical procedure also known as facelift, to reduce sagging of the mid-face, jowls, and neck.
  • Tear trough: Deep creases below the lower eyelids.

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