What to Expect From Upper, Mid and Lower Facelifts

Dr. Luke Cusimano, FACS

What to Expect From Upper, Mid and Lower Facelifts

Aug 1, 2019 | Facelift, Facial Rejuvenation

The facelift is usually just called a facelift, without distinction between the upper, mid, and lower facelift techniques. Many people are surprised to find out that these distinctions even exist. By learning about the different types of facelifts that exist, you’ll be better able to communicate with a doctor regarding the different options available. If you’re interested in having a facelift, the goal is to figure out which type of procedure will work best for you.


Referencing an upper facelift means you’re discussing the areas on your face located above your eyes, which includes your forehead and brows. This is also more commonly referred to as a brow lift. A mid-face section is referring to the areas of your face that include your eyes and mouth. As you have probably guessed, the lower region means you’re referring to the area that’s below your mouth and also includes your jaw. A lower region procedure may include your neck.

When considering the different sections of your face, it’s important to understand that a facelift doesn’t necessarily mean that each region will be part of the procedure. While there are instances when procedures for two different regions of your face may be performed, it’s not something that will automatically occur. Each patient is unique and has different needs.


Which type of facelift you need will be determined in consultation with a trained professional. It’s the reason why it’s important to work with a surgeon that’s board-certified. The doctor will get an understanding of your concerns and develop a surgical plan to ensure the desired outcomes. While you might think you need to have a specific region lifted, the surgeon might have a different recommendation based on a proven approach.

Although it’s perfectly fine to inquire with others regarding the type of procedure they’ve had done, your needs may be entirely different. A great way to handle a consultation is by developing notes about what you expect and hope to see after the surgery. It’s best to be specific to avoid any confusion or misunderstandings. There’s a possibility that your facelift will also include a resurfacing procedure, so it’s best to get clarification during the consultation as to whether other cosmetic procedures will be performed.


While it’s critical to ensure due diligence before a facelift, it’s also important to make sure you follow the instructions provided after the facelift. Aftercare instructions will be provided by the medical team, but you’re responsible for making sure they’re followed. It usually involves a period of time where you have to avoid specific activities. There will also be medications that should be taken to prevent infection.

After the initial phases of facelift aftercare have taken place, you will need to maintain the lift by taking care of your overall health. This includes exercising and eating a nutritious diet to maintain a healthy and stable body weight. There will also be instructions about staying out of the sun to prevent damage to your skin and avoiding anything that might prevent long-term success, such as smoking.


Dr. Luke Cusimano is a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon with an exceptional talent for achieving results that look beautiful and natural. The professionalism and personalized approach that Dr. Cusimano employs has resulted in the satisfaction of many patients.