Confusing terms. There are a number of terms used to describe practically the same thing. Most patients more than 50-55 years old could benefit from face-lifting techniques. It is paramount for the patient to convey to the surgeon which areas of the face they are looking to improve.
Neck and jowl lift. The term face lift is hard to define because different surgeons use different terminology to describe their respective procedures. They use terms like "short scar facelift", "mini-lift", "quick lift", etc. Some of these terms are descriptive, while others just sound appealing and are used for marketing purposes. A lower face lift is an operation that primarily addresses the jowl and neck areas.
Classification. As patients desire less invasive procedures, surgeons have described alternatives to the traditional facelift of 30 years ago. To this end, we have divided the classification of surgeries to address the upper, middle or lower 1/3 of the face. The lower face lift treats the lower face and jawline and generally does not improve the middle (cheek/lower lid) or upper (upper lid/forehead) face.
Facelift surgery. Dear monzttrl, this is a confusing topic...A facelift aims to lift the lower third of the face (jowl, jawline, puppet line) and neck. It is the same thing as a lower facelift. When you go to your consultations, i wouldn't worry about the names, rather focus on what areas you would like to improve. Best regards, nima shemirani.
No difference. Depends on your definiition. All facelifts rejuvenate the face from the lower eyelids to the base of the neck; that is, the lower 2/3 of the face and neck. So, depending on your definition, that procedure is either a "facelift" or a "lower facelift." rejuvenation of the upper third of the face is done with upper eyelid surgery and some variation of a browlift.
Neck lift. A lower facelift is aimed premarital at the neckline. Most skilled plastic surgeons will agree that you cannot truly treat these areas with acceptable results without performing a true facelift.
Facelift . A "facelift" traditionally addresses the lower face, jowls and neck. A wide range of variability exists between surgeons with regards to techniques used so i would suggest asking the individual surgeon what is meant by specific terminology.
Semantics. There are areas of the face that are target by procedures that rejuvenate the face. A lower facelift usually refers to the lower 1/3 of the face and/or neck. However, the incisions used to access the areas for lifting usually overlap.
Area treated . A lower facelift is different from a brow lift or mid face lift with regard to the tissues that are manipulated. A lower facelift includes work at the jawline and neck that may extend upward into the cheek - the goal is to reduce or eliminate jowling and fullness under the chin and to sharpen the neck and jawline as well as soften the soft tissue folds near the nose and mouth.