a term used to describe the surgical procedure whereby an incision is made vertically down the temple, extended downward just in front of the ear & then brought up the backside of the ear. The skin is then dissected free from underlying structures towards the center of the face. Excess skin is excised from the margin of the incision & then the skin edges are sutured together. The result is removal of excess skin especially of the neck & less so of the cheek & lower face. Facelift is a bit of a misnomer since the neck is lifted more than the face.