Over the years, facelifts have become one of the most popular cosmetic surgery. It’s ideal for patients looking to treat sagging skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. There are a variety of non-surgical facelifts and surgical facelifts to choose from. Each technique is designed to target different concerns and help you maintain a more youthful complexion.
In this article, we’ll discuss the different types of facelift procedures available and who would make an ideal candidate for cosmetic surgery.
Egozi Plastic Surgery is a trusted source for facial rejuvenation and has been helping individuals treat their unique skin concerns with surgical and non-surgical facelifts.
Why Are There Different Types of Facelifts?
Facelifts are cosmetic procedures designed to treat various facial aging concerns. After the age of 30, collagen production slows down. This causes fine lines crow’s feet, and other premature signs of aging. The decrease in collagen production isn’t the only factor, though. Many individuals might experience accelerating aging due to genetics, lifestyle choices, or environmental aggressors.
The worst part is not all of these factors are preventable. With the right facelift technique, you can target specific facial regions and address your unique concerns. Whether it’s frown lines, bunny lines, or simply static wrinkles. When you work with a medical professional, you can find a facelift procedure that aligns with your needs and helps you achieve next-level results.
Types of Facelifts
Traditional Facelift (Rhytidectomy)
The traditional facelift, medically known as rhytidectomy, targets multiple areas of the face and neck. Designed to tighten skin, eliminate sagging, and achieve a more lifted appearance, it offers natural-looking results for the entire face. The recovery time is around two weeks, and most patients can notice differences in their appearance 2-5 months post-op.
Mini Facelift (S-Lift)
A less invasive alternative to the traditional facelift, the mini facelift requires minimal incisions in the lower face near the jawline. The recovery time is usually a week, making it ideal for patients with mild to moderate signs of aging in the lower face.
This facelift uses threads, typically made of polydioxanone (PDO), to lift sagging skin. The threads contain tiny barbs that make small incisions, gently lifting the skin. Patients can expect a recovery time of a few days to a week. However, the results are temporary, as the threads dissolve over time.
Deep Plane Facelift
Specially designed to surgically reposition and redistribute facial tissues, this facelift offers long-lasting results. It is ideal for patients with sagging skin or a loss of facial volume. The recovery time for this procedure ranges from 6-8 weeks.
Targeting the Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System (SMAS), this procedure repositions tissues under the SMAS layer, offering a tight and lifted appearance. Providing long-lasting results, it is ideal for individuals showing moderate to advanced signs of aging.
This procedure involves removing a strip of SMAS tissue near the front of the ear and includes a face flap. Aiming to slim the appearance by eliminating unwanted facial volume, SMASectomy is an advanced procedure that demands extended recovery times.
Short Scar Facelift
A variant of the mini facelift, the short scar facelift repositions soft-tissue layers of the face. With a few discreet incisions near the lower face, its recovery time is swift, making it suitable for those seeking subtle enhancements to counter aging signs in the lower face.
Often referred to as the Minimal Access Cranial Suspension, the MACS facelift is a minimally invasive treatment requiring tiny incisions on the jawline and jowls. Although results are temporary, the procedure offers a swift turnaround time, with many patients opting for touch-ups every few years.
Utilizing dermal fillers and injectables, the liquid facelift rejuvenates skin, offering impressive, natural-looking results without surgery. With minimal to no downtime, most patients can resume regular activities within a day or two. However, results are temporary, necessitating touch-ups every 6 to 18 months.
Addressing the Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System (SMAS) and superficial tissue layers, the composite facelift can be tailored to address specific skin concerns, offering a holistic approach to skin rejuvenation.
Which Facelift Technique Is Right For Me?
When deciding which facelift technique is right for you, you’ll need to self-assess your skin concerns. Common signs of aging that patients are looking to treat include:
- Sagging or Loose Skin
- Wrinkles and Folds
- Fine Lines
- Loss of Volume
- Neck Bands
- Sunken Cheeks
If you aren’t sure which facelift technique is right for you, consider scheduling a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. They’ll provide recommendations based on your facial anatomy and individual concerns.
Consult Dr. Egozi for your Facelift Procedure
Dr. Egozi has experience with every type of facelift mentioned above. He’s here to help you select the right facelift that aligns with your skin concerns and needs so you can achieve and maintain a more youthful complexion.
Book a consultation with Egozi Plastic Surgery today.