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What’s the Difference Between a Facelift and Mid-Facelift?

At Art Plastic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons offer two facelift surgery techniques: a full facelift and a mid-facelift. While both methods have the same goal of helping to rejuvenate one’s facial appearance, the difference between the two involves the scope of the treatment area.

A mid-facelift focuses mainly on the cheek region, improving issues such as excess fat, loose skin, lax musculature, and lines in the midface. For many patients, a mid-facelift can also treat nasolabial creases found between the upper lip and nose. In contrast, a full facelift is designed to address signs of aging that are present throughout the entire lower two-thirds of the face. As a result, a full facelift can treat everything that a mid-facelift can, plus issues such as lines around the mouth, sagging skin along the jawline, and more.

With this information in mind, a mid-facelift can generally be an excellent option for individuals whose cosmetic concerns are limited to the cheeks and midface while a full facelift is typically a better choice for those whose concerns extend from the jawline to just above the cheeks. In either case, if a patient wishes to address aging symptoms in the eye and/or forehead region, he or she may want to also consider blepharoplasty and/or brow lift surgery, as neither facelift technique will enhance the upper third of the face.

For more information about full and mid-facelift techniques, or if you are interested in facial rejuvenation and would like to find out which treatment option(s) may be best for you, please feel free to contact Art Plastic Surgery online or by phone today.