As you get older, your facial skin changes — sagging and becoming loose. This can make the lower part of your face appear rectangular in shape. A face-lift can give your face a more youthful heart-like shape.

You might consider a face-lift if:

  • Your facial skin has become loose
  • Your cheeks are sagging
  • The creases below your lower eyelids and around your lower lip and chin are becoming deeper
  • You have excess skin hanging from your lower jaw line (jowls)
  • You've lost definition and have excess fat in your neck
  • Vertical bands of skin in your neck (platysmal bands) have become visible

A face-lift isn't a treatment for superficial wrinkles, sun damage, creases around the nose and upper lip, or irregularities in skin color.

Aug. 16, 2012