The Difference between Upper, Mid, and Lower Face Lifts

As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial rejuvenation, I’ve heard just about every question in the book from my patients. One of the most common questions, particularly from patients who have already begun researching facial rejuvenation procedures, is what type of facelift is right for them. Throughout the internet, you may see patients and surgeons discussing face lifts that target different areas of the face, like upper facelift, mid-face lifts, and lower facelifts. But exactly which areas do these procedures refer to, and which is right for you?

The Difference between Upper, Mid, and Lower Face LiftsFirst, it’s important to understand the terms “upper face,” “mid face,” and “lower face.” Generally, the upper face is considered anything above the corners of your eyes—so your brow line and forehead. The term “midface” is usually used to describe the area from the corners of your eyes to the corners of your mouth, so this region would include your nose, cheeks, and the area above your upper lip. Finally, the “lower face” includes everything below the corners of your mouth, so this would include the nasolabial folds (laugh lines) and jawline, and sometimes the area under the chin and the neck as well.

When you hear about a full facelift, this surgery typically treats the lower two thirds of the face—everything below the tops of the ears. An upper facelift, on the other hand, is a separate procedure, although it can often be performed at the same time as a face lift, depending on the patient’s needs. In earlier years, this surgery was called a brow lift, and while we do sometimes still refer to it by that name, the procedure I now use is a significantly less invasive method, and the term “upper facelift” is a more accurate description of this modernized surgery.

While understanding the terms above can be helpful while you’re learning about the world of facial rejuvenation, most of my patients who are looking for a rather mild or moderate level of improvement favor my unique Band Aid Mini Facelift. This procedure is performed in-office with gentle numbing, and it is customized to each individual patient, focusing on the specific areas where they’re looking for the most improvement, whether it’s the upper face, mid face, lower face, neck, or a combination of a few.

Whether you’re a candidate for a minimally invasive option like the Band Aid Mini Facelift or not, getting the right facelift for you is all a matter of customization. The bottom line is this: if you find a skilled, experienced, and specialized board-certified plastic surgeon, they can tailor your procedure to fit your precise needs and desired goals. To start discussing how I can help you become your most confident and beautiful self, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and helpful information, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.