While a facelift might be a common procedure, it is certainly not a one-size-fits-all solution.
In order to achieve each patient’s desired results, facelifts need to be tailored to their specific requirements and skin conditions. For this reason there are various different facelift techniques that can be used.
Why Get a Facelift?
Facelifts are designed to target the visible signs of facial ageing and reduce the appearance of deep lines and creases on the mid and lower half of your face. It also addresses sagging jowls and cheeks as well as neck laxity.
Since different facelifts target different concerns, it’s important to work with a reputable surgeon who will take the time to discuss your aesthetic goals with you and do a thorough evaluation of your skin and neck.
Many people have been lead to believe that a full facelift is the only option available to them but this isn’t the case at all.
Understanding the Types of Facelifts
The type of facelift that you choose will depend on the level of correction that you need.
Short Scar Lift
This ‘mini’ facelift is ideal for patients who are still in the early stages of the ageing process and are starting to see changes in their neck and jowls. With this being said, keep a lookout for surgeons who offer a mini facelift but only actually tighten the skin slightly. During a short scar lift, the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) that supports the skin and tissues of the face is tightened, which elevates the skin and facial tissues to reveal a more youthful appearance. The lower half of your face will be firmer and have greater definition. These facelift images & procedure details page will provide you with more information on this option.
If you’re seeing the most noticeable changes around your cheekbones and your nose and mouth, a mid-facelift might be the best option for you. Many surgeons refer to a mid-facelift as a cheek lift because it primarily focuses on that area. The nasolabial folds can also be addressed during this procedure.
Deep Plan Facelift
If your ageing symptoms are moderate and you also have concerns about your neck, a traditional facelift could be the ideal option for you. A deep plane facelift works on the deeper layers of the face, which offers more dramatic and long-lasting results. A deep plan facelift will need to be performed under general anaesthetic and will require a hospital stay too. Patients can also expect a longer recovery time and will need to wait several weeks before they can return to their regular activities.
Regardless of the option you choose, be sure to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon who has excellent patients reviews, proven results and can provide you with exceptional aftercare. Reputable surgeons will never talk you into a full facelift unless it is entirely necessary – if you don’t feel completely comfortable, rather consult with a different surgeon.