A facelift is a surgical procedure that's meant to tighten the skin of the face in order to make a patient look younger. Wealthy people who hate their wrinkles may be tempted to have a facelift.

Many older actors in Hollywood give into the temptation of having a facelift, instead of accepting the facial changes that naturally come with age. But facelifts are very expensive, can be dangerous, and frequently result in a strangely expressionless visage. A figurative facelift is anything that improves something's appearance: "While I was away, my sister gave my boring bedroom a facelift, painting the walls purple and replacing my old bedding."

Definitions of facelift
  1. noun
    plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face; an incision is made near the hair line and skin is pulled back and excess tissue is excised
    synonyms: cosmetic surgery, face lift, face lifting, lift, nip and tuck, rhytidectomy, rhytidoplasty
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    nose job, rhinoplasty
    cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of your nose
    type of:
    anaplasty, plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery
    surgery concerned with therapeutic or cosmetic reformation of tissue
  2. noun
    a renovation that improves the outward appearance (as of a building) but usually does not involve major changes
    “give your home a facelift
    “more than a facelift, the new model marks a fundamental change of direction”
    synonyms: face lift, face lifting
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    type of:
    overhaul, redevelopment, renovation
    the act of improving by renewing and restoring
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