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