Lower Facelift Technique: Rejuvenating Your Appearance

Nov 30, 2013 @ 11:00 AM — by blakebird
Tagged with: Facelift | Plastic Surgery

Manhattan Lower Facelift TechniqueIf you are noticing jowls and lax skin in your neck, and the corners of your mouth are sagging, then you may be considering a facelift. But you may be confused about which facelift is right for you.

For sagging in the lower part of your face, a partial “lower facelift” is often the solution. Plastic surgeon Craig Foster in Manhattan finds the lower facelift, rather than a full facelift, is often all a patient needs.

A lower facelift improves your appearance along the lower jaw line (jowls), around the mouth and on the neck. In comparison, a full facelift involves the entire face and neck, combining lower and mid facelifts with a brow lift to rejuvenate the entire face. 

Why Get a Facelift

When young, the face is full and smooth. As we age, the skin and muscles sag. Heredity, lifestyle habits, gravity and sun exposure all play a part. A facelift reverses the appearance of aging by lifting and tightening the skin, muscle, and soft tissue, restoring a younger appearance.

Lower Facelift Procedure

A lower facelift is performed through small incisions. Your specific needs will determine the location of the incisions but in a typical lower facelift, small incisions are placed in front of the ear, extending down and behind the ear. If additional neck rejuvenation is desired, a small incision will also be made under the chin.

Working through these small incisions, the surgeon removes excess fat and tightens facial muscles to lift the underlying facial structure back to youthful positions. Finally, the skin is redraped over the new contours and the excess removed. If the face has lost fat, a transfer of fat to the face can be included in the surgery.


A facelift can turn back the clock on your appearance. By tightening the facial muscles and tightening loose skin, your facial contours will resemble that of a younger person. Today’s facelifts are more sophisticated than past techniques, which involved simply tightening the skin. This procedure ignored the sagging underlying structures and resulted in a taut or “windblown” look. Though the process did pull the skin tight, it also created a “flatter” appearance.

Newer facelift procedures address the underlying sagging. Today’s methods tighten both the top layer of skin and the lax underlying structures in the jaw and neck, giving your face a fuller, lifted visage.   

The lower facelift targets the lower third of the face. If desired, facial liposuction of the neck to remove excess fat can further improve your appearance.  


A facelift poses the same risks as any major surgery, including a risk of bleeding, infection, blood clots, and an adverse reaction to anesthesia. Specific complications related to facelifts include scarring, hair loss, facial nerve injury, and skin loss. Your surgeon will discuss all the risks and the steps to minimize complications.  

Next Steps

A consultation with Dr. Foster will help you understand all the options you can take advantage of to recapture a more youthful appearance. Depending on your needs and health, Dr. Foster can match techniques with the issues you want addressed.

Please call so we can discuss what facial procedures will address your problem areas.