How does a Facelift Effect the Definition of a Chin?

Are the changes in definition equal across the face with a facelift? Will certain areas be relatively unaffected by the lift?

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Facelift Surgery and Symmetry

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  A lower facelift is a great treatment for sagging jowls and to improve the contours of the neck.  The primary way this is accomplished is by removing excess skin and secondarily by elevating some of the deeper tissues.

  Areas around the mouth, nose, cheeks, and lower eyes are relatively unchanged with facelift surgery. 

  Most surgeons make efforts to make the right and left sides as symmetric as possible.  One thing that I frequently counsel my patients is that most people have subtle asymmetries before surgery.  These asymmetries are perfectly natural and will likely exist after surgery.


Hope this helps.


San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift and Chin Definition

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   The jowls and the hanging skin or tissue around the chin can be improved with a face and necklift.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Facelift surgery can improve skin laxity, wrinkles, and contour in the lower face and neck, including the cheeks, nasolabial fo

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Facelift surgery is precisely tailored to each patient's specific needs. In this way, it can improve skin laxity, wrinkles, and contour in the lower face and neck, including the cheeks, nasolabial folds, jowl area and improving or resolving and muscle bands that become apparent in the neck.

While a facelift will accentuate the natural contours of your chin, it will not necessarily change the natural shape of your chin. It may be appropriate to consider addressing the contours of your chin at the same time as a facelift. General speaking, a facelift alone does not significantly take care of the areas around the lower or upper eyelids or the forehead. However, these areas are often addressed at the same time as facelift surgery, with the addition of upper and/or lower eyelid surgery and brow/forehead lift. 

The surgery is tailored to each patient's specific needs; improving the eyebrow position or areas around the eyelids may not be required for every patient. 

Michael R. Macdonald, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Face lift and chin

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It is difficult to answer your question without seeing your pictures – you should consider posting images showing your areas of concern.  A face and neck lift will address the chin

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How Will a Facelift Effect the Definition of my Chin

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The improvements form a facelift will essentially stop form the nasolabial fold in, so not change in the chin or skin around the lips. How equal the definition is seen depends on how tight the skin is pulled and what the tissue below the skin look like and where they are placed

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Facelift and chin definition

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A skillfully performed facelift will improve definition of all the areas of the face, but receding chin or depressed submalar areas (the area under the cheeks) may require augmentation with implants.

Kris Conrad, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Different types of facelifts for desired results

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Dear Patient, There are many different types of facelifts and each of them has a differential effect on the face. For example, a mid facelift will predominantly change the cheeks and nasolabial folds. Where as a lower facelift will improve the jowling and the upper part of the neck. I suggest you consult a certified plastic surgeon who will be able to find which facelift is best suited for you to obtain the desired results. 


Teanoosh Zadeh, MD, FRCSC
Montreal Plastic Surgeon

Areas of Improvement from Facelift

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When most people use the term Facelift they are referring to a lower facelift.  With that surgery,  the vast amount of improvement will be in the neck, the jowls (lower cheek tissue) and the marrionette lines.  You may see some improvement in the the nasolabial lines and upper cheeks but that is more variable.  A midface ift and brow lift will give more improvement to their respective areas.  Add on procedures can be done at the same time as a facelift to tailor your surgery further and address any particular problems.  Good luck!

Hannah Vargas, MD
Kansas City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Face lift and the different areas that you can change

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It all depends on what you want done. You have to effectively communicate your thoughts with you surgeon to reach a result that you want. The chin can be altered in many ways. Face lifting is just one way to achieve this. Fat grafting, facial implants are other ways.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Facelift and chin definition

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The chin may be better defined if you have alot of soft tissue descent in the jowl region.  A physical exam would help provide a better answer.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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