Some of the top questions patients ask about facelifts is what are are the different types of facelifts and which type of facelift is best for me and when? While there is no one size fits all, as every face and case is unique only a proper plastic surgery consultation and medical evaluation will help determine what the best approach is for your facelift surgery.
We’ve put a quick guide to help you better understand what to expect with the most common facelift procedures. Here are various types of facelift surgery techniques performed for patients who seek facial rejuvenation.
The procedure: The most comprehensive facelift procedure that accesses the neck as well
Facial area: various facial areas and neck
Results: tightened facial appearance, jawline definition, neck line contouring
Best for: moderate to significant facial aging
Recovery: 1 to 2 weeks
Incisions: positioned around the ears and into the hairline as well as a small incision below the chin.
Results: the most dramatic, long lasting results
The procedure: Repositions fat pads in cheeks with cheek bone and gives structure to face and tightens the skin
Facial area: central area
Results: tightened appearance, eliminates jowls
Best for: sagging in cheeks and eyelids, generally patients without sagging in neck and chin
Recovery: quicker than a traditional facelift, 1 to 2 weeks
Scars: minimal, small incisions .
Results: more permanent than injectables and fillers (liquid facelift)
The procedure: Less invasive surgery and quicker recovery facelift as it focuses on only the jowls and neck
Facial area: incisions in front of ears to left
Results: tighter facial appearance, smoothened look, eliminates jowls
Best for: moderate facial sagging in cheeks and jowls
Recovery: 1 to 2 weeks
Incisions: Short and unnoticeable, smaller entry points just in front of ear to behind ear, but not the hairline
Results: much shorter than a full facelift, however combination techniques and healthy lifestyle can extend length
Deep Plane Facelift
The procedure: Releases SMAS from deep plane
Facial area: mid face area, below superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS)
Results: Dramatic, long term rejuvenation
Best for: Significant sagging, advanced aging
Recovery: 3 to 4 weeks
Incisions: Minimal, near the hairline
Results: long lasting, 10-15 years