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Different Types of Facelift – Choosing What’s Best for You


Facelifts are a common choice for those looking to reduce the appearance of aging, offering many different approaches based on personal needs. Knowing what all facelift types entail is important to choosing the right one for your desired outcome.

Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva is known for her skill in facial rejuvenation treatments. She provides expert advice on modern facelift methods, giving you the benefit of up-to-date medical knowledge when considering your options.

Finding Your Perfect Facelift

  1. Facelifts can be tailored to address various aging signs, from minimal fine lines to significant skin sagging.
  2. Mini facelifts are suitable for those seeking subtle improvements, while traditional facelifts offer comprehensive rejuvenation.
  3. Non-surgical facelift options, such as fillers and lasers, can provide temporary, less invasive solutions.
  4. The choice of facelift type depends on individual concerns, desired outcomes, and tolerance for downtime.
  5. Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon can help determine the best facelift procedure for your specific needs.

1. Traditional Facelift

Who is it for?

Traditional facelifts are ideal for individuals seeking a considerable rejuvenation in their facial appearance. Candidates for this procedure typically exhibit:

  • Notable sagging or drooping skin
  • Deep-set lines
  • An abundance of loose skin

A well-defined bone structure is advantageous as it supports the alterations made during the surgery, and elastic facial skin is beneficial.

Plastic surgeons evaluate patients’ health and face structure to see if they’re fit for facelifts. Some may not qualify due to health or personal reasons, but non-surgical options are available. Traditional facelifts, however, effectively reduce aging signs.

Expected Outcomes

Patients who undergo a traditional facelift can look forward to a smoother facial appearance. This procedure typically includes:

  • Tightening of the facial skin
  • Removal of excess skin
  • Adjustment of the underlying tissue
  • Re-draping of the skin over the face and neck, reducing wrinkles and sagging
  • A traditional facelift incision allows for deep-layer access, affording significant improvements over less invasive methods.

The goal is to sculpt the face into a more youthful contour. While traditional facelifts can deliver transformative results, the success of the surgery is contingent upon the surgeon’s skill and the patient’s unique healing response.

2. Mini Facelift

Advantages Over Traditional Facelift

  • Targeted Improvement: The mini facelift involves making smaller incisions for a focused improvement, especially in the lower face area, ideal for those with minimal skin laxity.
  • Quick Recovery: Known as a “weekend facelift,” it is less invasive and potentially faster to recover from than traditional facelifts.
  • Cost-Effective: Generally a more affordable option compared to more extensive surgeries.
  • Precise Enhancement: This allows cosmetic surgeons to target specific areas of facial skin needing rejuvenation, leading to subtle yet effective enhancement without altering the face’s natural appearance.

Ideal Candidates

  • Early Aging Signs: Best for individuals with mild to moderate loose or lax skin, particularly in the lower face.
  • Skin Elasticity: Suitable for those who still retain some skin elasticity and exhibit early signs of aging.
  • Health Status: Candidates should be in good overall health.
  • Realistic Expectations: The procedure offers subtle refinements, not dramatic changes, and suits those looking to proactively manage aging signs with minimal intervention.

3. Mid-Facelift

Target Areas

The mid-facelift addresses aging signs in the central part of the face. It improves the area below the eyes and above the mouth, notably the cheeks and nasolabial folds. By repositioning the deeper layers of skin and connective tissue, the mid-facelift alleviates facial sagging and brings a youthful shape back to the cheeks. It concentrates solely on the mid-face without altering the brow or jawline.

Recovery and Results

Care after a mid-facelift is crucial. Typically, facelift recovery time spans two weeks, allowing most individuals to resume their usual activities. Some swelling and bruising are expected as the mid-face heals. As healing proceeds, the results will start to show, with the complete effect visible a few months post-surgery. Surgeons often provide tailored aftercare guidance to aid recovery. Patients can look forward to a revitalized look in the mid-face area, with firmer skin and enhanced cheek definition, contributing to an overall naturally rejuvenated appearance.

Recovery and Results

  • Typical Recovery Time: Most patients can return to their normal activities within two weeks.
  • Healing Symptoms: Expect some degree of swelling and bruising in the mid-face area during the healing process.
  • Visible Results: While improvements appear gradually, the full effect of the surgery emerges a few months post-procedure.
  • Aftercare: Surgeons provide personalized guidance to support a smooth recovery.
  • Outcome: Patients can anticipate a refreshed appearance in the mid-face region, characterized by firmer skin and more pronounced cheek contours.
Face and neck lift revision (secondary, deep plane technique, lip lift, chin augmentation, fat transfer, alar reduction)
Face and neck lift revision (secondary, deep plane technique, lip lift, chin augmentation, fat transfer, alar reduction)

4. Thread Lift

Procedure Insights

  • Cosmetic Procedure: Thread lifts are a less invasive option than traditional facelifts and are an effective skin-tightening solution.
  • Surgical Procedure: During the procedure, a cosmetic surgeon strategically places medical-grade threads beneath the skin to create a firmer foundation for the facial tissue.
  • Collagen Stimulation: The process of inserting threads stimulates collagen production, enhancing skin tightness over time.
  • Results: Patients can expect tighter skin with minimal signs of sagginess, presenting visible signs of lifting without the need for major surgery.

Who Should Consider It

A thread lift may be suitable for you if:

  • You’re seeing the early indications of aging and are considering alternatives to a full facelift.
  • You have mild to moderate skin laxity, particularly with concerns like drooping cheeks or jowls.
  • You desire a refreshed, more youthful appearance with less recovery time than invasive procedures.

5. SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) Facelift

Deep Structural Correction

Recognized for its deep structural correction, the SMAS Facelift targets the layer beneath the skin, the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS). A cosmetic surgeon carefully repositions and tightens the structural tissues and subcutaneous tissue. This approach enhances the look of the skin, muscle, and fascia, leading to more natural and lasting effects.

Longevity of Results

A key advantage of a SMAS facelift is the longevity of its results. Unlike treatments that only affect the surface, a SMAS facelift’s changes can be enjoyed for many years. The exact time varies per person, but generally, the skin maintains its rejuvenated quality for an extended period due to the comprehensive way the procedure targets the foundational layers of the face.

6. Deep Plane Facelift

How It Differs from SMAS Facelift

A deep plane facelift focuses on the deep layers of the face to achieve rejuvenation, which is different from the SMAS facelift. Both techniques aim to restore a youthful look, but a deep plane facelift adjusts the skin and the deeper layers of facial structure.

Surgeons with expertise in deep-plane facelift procedures report that this method can lead to a more natural and lasting effect, particularly for those with substantial sagging. It manipulates deeper tissues and muscles, which may account for these improved results.

Best Suited For

Individuals with moderate to severe signs of aging might consider a Deep-Plane Facelift as they seek significant improvement. Facial plastic surgeons note that pronounced nasolabial folds and jowls respond well to this method. Engaging the deeper structures of the face can offer marked benefits for aging in the mid-face region.

Those interested in facelifts should discuss their options with a surgeon to choose the most suitable approach. An experienced surgeon can account for individual facial anatomy, which affects outcomes. It’s important to consider various types of facelifts to see which aligns with personal needs.

7. Neck Lift

Addressing the Neck Region

A neck lift is a procedure that significantly improves the appearance of the neck:

  • It targets loose skin under the chin and jawline, commonly referred to as the “turkey neck.”
  • The cosmetic surgeon meticulously removes excess neck skin to reduce the presence of skin folds.
  • The procedure enhances neck contour and promotes a more youthful appearance.
  • Neck liposuction might be performed by the surgeon to eradicate fat deposits efficiently from the neck via liposuction.

Combination with Other Facelift Types

For holistic facial rejuvenation, a neck lift offers great synergy with other facelifts:

  • Combination with other facelift types provides comprehensive rejuvenation, addressing both the face and neck areas.
  • This collaborative treatment strategy ensures inconspicuous and consistent results across facial features.
  • Cosmetic surgeons often recommend this combined approach for more significant outcomes, offering an all-encompassing enhancement.

8. Non-Surgical Facelift Options

Non-surgical facelifts provide effective facial enhancement without the need for invasive surgery. Below are popular non-surgical facelift options:

  • Injectable fillers: These substances increase facial volume and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, offering a refreshed look.
  • Botox: This treatment reduces wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles to give a smoother appearance.
  • Ultherapy: Utilizes ultrasound technology to promote skin tightness by stimulating collagen production, which is vital for firm, resilient skin.
  • Laser skin resurfacing: A technique that improves skin texture and treats issues like fine lines, scars, and discoloration, aiming for smooth, wrinkle-free skin.

Each method, including fillers, Botox, Ultherapy, and Laser skin resurfacing, contributes to the desired outcome of more youthful, smooth, and wrinkle-free skin, offering non-surgical alternatives to conventional facelifts.

Choosing the Right Facelift for You

Understanding Facelift Types

Facelifts can refresh your appearance. They range from traditional facelift types that modify skin and the underlying structures to non-surgical options. Advancements in the field now offer alternatives to fillers, targeting the appearance of wrinkles with minimal intervention.

Considerations for Your Facelift Choice

When choosing a facelift technique, it’s crucial to consider a few key factors:

  • Experience: Seek a cosmetic surgeon with extensive experience in both surgical and non-surgical procedures.
  • Cost: Be aware that while traditional facelifts may incur higher costs, non-surgical options could be more budget-friendly.
  • Types of Facelifts: Discuss the various types of facelifts with your surgeon to determine which best suits your skin and desired appearance.
  • Alternative to Filler: Non-surgical facelifts can be an excellent alternative, offering rejuvenation without the use of traditional fillers.

Considering these factors can help in making an informed decision that aligns with your goals for facial rejuvenation.

Choosing the best facelift for you is crucial to getting the look you want. Everyone has unique needs and goals, so getting advice from an expert is very helpful. Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva at LEA Plastic Surgery is the person to see for this. She is highly skilled in both surgery and non-surgery methods to make faces look younger and knows how to guide you through your choices.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva to talk about what you want. She combines her deep knowledge of beauty with a focus on giving you personal care, making sure the advice you get fits just right.