Types of Facelifts
A facelift, medically known as a rhytidectomy, is a facial rejuvenation procedure that recreates a youthful appearance.
Rhytidectomies have received a bad wrap because of poor practice leading to undesirable results. Too often have we seen celebrities or others who have received a facelift gone wrong. These outcomes are recognizable by the scared or “wind-blown” look, where the patient looks like they’ve walked through a wind tunnel.
Dr. Egozi has refined modern techniques to ensure his face-lifts create youthful appearances without leaving noticeable and lasting signs of a rhytidectomy.
There are many different rhytidectomy methods and procedures. However, these methods can be broken up into four categories, including traditional, mini, rejuvenation, and non-surgical. All four differ in technique and are designed to achieve specific results.
The traditional facelift is the most common type that patients seek, and is, therefore, more familiar to the general public. By pulling the underlying layer of facial muscle in a vertical direction, and the skin in a diagonal direction, patients’ face tightens, creating a more youthful facial appearance.
One of the main advantages presented by a traditional face-lift is it’s long last results. The result of this type of procedure lasts from between 10 to 15 years. It is also the best option for patients who have loose neck and facial skin because it is a more aggressive method. The traditional facelift is performed most often on patients aged 60 and up.
Some of the traditional method’s disadvantages are the length of the surgery, it lasts between three to four hours, the recovery time is long, and there is a higher risk of injuring facial nerves. It should also be noted that the traditional face-lift is the most prevalent method that creates the “wind-blown” look, however, this is just a potential downside.
The mini facelift is a less aggressive version of the traditional and is often utilized to improve on a conventional procedure. The mini method pulls the same muscle layer and facial skin. However, the direction of the pull is different, as are the placement and size of the incision lines. There are different variations of the mini face-lift and methods are chosen based on what best suits the patient.
Mini procedures usually take between 1½ to 2½ hours, with a 7 to 10 day recovery period post-surgery. The result can last for up to 10 years, and the chance of suffering facial nerve damage is significantly lower.
A rejuvenation facelift procedure is a smaller version of the mini system. It uses sutures to pull the muscle layer back towards its natural position. It is an excellent method to attain quality results around the neck and jowls. Rejuvenation is a less invasive procedure and causes less swelling and bruising. Typically, patients find they can get back to work and participate in their normal social life about ten days post-surgery.
Non-surgical lifts are a facial rejuvenation procedure that does not require incisions. Dr. Egozi prefers to use laser or injections such as Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, or Sculptra when utilizing non-surgical methods. Depending on the patient, the recovery period for this type of procedure can be between an hour to a few days. Non-surgical procedures take about an hour and are often combined to achieve the desired results.
Because each patient is unique, it is important to schedule a consultation appointment before making a decision regarding a face-lift. At this appointment, patients can expect to learn about their options, inform the surgeon about what they hope to achieve, and receive recommendations regarding which type of procedure is most appropriate.
To schedule a consultation appointment, feel free to contact Dr. Egozi.