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The Effects of Age
on the Lower Face

As you age, your lower face undergoes a series of natural changes that can contribute to an aged and tired appearance. One of the most noticeable effects is the gradual loss of skin elasticity and collagen production, leading to the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, and loose skin. The jawline may lose its definition, and jowls can develop, creating a drooping appearance. Additionally, fat redistribution and muscle laxity can exacerbate these issues.

Another significant impact of aging on the lower face is the development of neck bands or “turkey neck,” where the muscles in the neck become more prominent and less defined. This can give the neck a less toned and more aged appearance. If you’re suffering from these age-related changes, Dr. Guida can develop a personalized lower facelift plan to tighten and reposition the skin, muscles, and tissues, helping you achieve a youthful look.

Lower Facelift Treats:

  • Sagging skin on the lower face
  • Formation of jowls
  • Loss of jawline definition
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Fat redistribution in the face
  • Muscle laxity in the lower face
  • “Turkey neck” or neck banding

Lower Facelift, Explained

A lower facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure to rejuvenate the lower portion of the face and neck. It involves the removal of excess skin and the tightening of underlying muscles and tissues to address common signs of aging, such as sagging skin, jowls, and loss of jawline definition. During the procedure, incisions are typically made near the ears and sometimes under the chin to access and lift the underlying structures, resulting in a smoother appearance.

Traditional Facelift vs. Lower Facelift

A traditional facelift, often called a full facelift, is a comprehensive procedure that targets the entire face, including the lower face, midface, and neck. It involves making incisions around the hairline and ears to lift and reposition the skin, underlying muscles, and tissues. This procedure is ideal for individuals with significant sagging, deep wrinkles, and loose skin throughout the face and neck, providing a more extensive rejuvenation.

A lower facelift focuses on the lower third of the face and neck. It addresses issues like jowls, sagging skin along the jawline, and neck banding. The incisions for a lower facelift are typically limited to the area around the ears and may extend slightly under the chin. This procedure is often chosen by individuals with mild to moderate signs of aging in the lower face who desire a more targeted enhancement.

The Recovery Process

After undergoing a lower facelift, it’s important to be prepared for the recovery process to ensure a smooth and successful outcome. During the initial days following the procedure, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. These side effects are completely normal and are part of the body’s natural healing response. To manage these symptoms, your surgeon may recommend pain medication and advise you to keep your head elevated to reduce swelling.

It’s crucial to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions diligently, which may include avoiding strenuous activities, refraining from smoking and maintaining a healthy diet to support healing. Most patients can return to work and social activities within a week or two, but complete recovery may take several weeks to a few months. Remember to be patient with the process and give your body the time it needs to heal fully.

Lower Facelift FAQs

Who is a good candidate for a lower facelift?

Good candidates for a lower facelift are typically individuals who are experiencing sagging skin, jowls, loss of jawline definition, and other signs of aging in the lower face and neck. However, you should have good overall health and realistic expectations about the outcomes.

How long does the recovery process take?

Recovery times can vary from person to person, but most patients can expect to return to work and normal activities within a week or two. Full recovery, with all swelling and bruising subsided, may take several weeks to a few months.

Are the results of a lower facelift permanent?

While a lower facelift can provide long-lasting results, it does not stop the natural aging process. Over time, some degree of aging may occur, but you can still enjoy a more youthful appearance than if you had not undergone the procedure.

Can a lower facelift be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

Many patients combine a lower facelift with other procedures like a neck lift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Dr. Guida can discuss the options that best suit your goals during the consultation.

Consult Dr. Guida,
Board-Certified Facelift Expert

Dr. Robert Guida is a double board-certified expert in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology with over 30 years of experience. He has a sterling reputation for consistently delivering natural-looking results that conform to his patient’s unique aesthetic goals and concerns. He has been selected as one of the “Best Doctors” by Castle Connolly Guide and New York Magazine for 25 years. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Guida to explore your lower facelift options.

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