People considering a facelift at my Indiana plastic surgery practice often wonder if they would be better off with a forehead lift instead, or maybe even a combined procedure. It’s a great question, and while the answer may be different for each person, there are a few general guidelines worth discussing.
In this blog post, I’ll discuss a few things to keep in mind about how these procedures differ and which one may be right for you.
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift is a facial plastic surgery procedure that rejuvenates the lower two-thirds of the face by lifting and repositioning deep facial tissues. It is one of the top 5 most popular facial rejuvenation procedures in the U.S., with more than 234,374 performed in 2020 (American Society of Plastic Surgeons).
Do I Need a Facelift?
You may be a candidate for a facelift if you are looking to correct these issues in the mid to lower face:
- Deep lines or folds
- Loss of jawline definition
- Lower face laxity
- Flat cheeks
- Excess fat in the lower face and neck
Many facelift candidates notice that as their facial skin starts to sag, their face takes on a square shape as opposed to the oval shape they once enjoyed.
You can see examples of the facelift results I’ve created in my facelift before-and-after photo gallery.
What Is a Forehead Lift?
While a facelift rejuvenates the lower face, a forehead lift, or brow lift, addresses the face from the brows up. Using incisions hidden behind the hairline, the surgeon removes excess skin and subtly lifts the forehead to a naturally more youthful position.
Do I Need a Forehead Lift?
You may be a candidate for a forehead lift if you are looking to:
- Smooth away deep forehead lines
- Lift heavy or drooping brows
Forehead lifts are popularly combined with eyelid surgery to give the entire eye area a more awake and refreshed look.
To see examples of forehead lift results, please visit my brow lift before-and-after photo gallery.
Can I Have a Facelift & Forehead Lift Done at the Same Time?
If you are looking to achieve a naturally smoother, tauter, more lifted look across your entire face, a combined facelift and forehead lift is an excellent option. When you have both procedures done during the same surgery, you’ll only pay one set of surgery and anesthesia fees, saving you a bit of money. You’ll also recover from both procedures at once, saving you time away from your usual routine.
If you aren’t sure which approach is right for you, your best next step is to visit a board-certified plastic surgeon such as myself for a consultation. During this private appointment, we’ll discuss all your options—including nonsurgical alternatives—and design a customized treatment plan to give you the best possible results.
You can learn more about how to choose the best facelift surgeon for you in this blog post.