The 7 Types of Facelifts That You Can Choose From
- 03 August 2016
- Dr. Mark Broudo
Facelift surgery is perhaps the most popular facial cosmetic procedure in clinics all over Miami. The goal of the procedure is to improve the overall appearance of your face and jaw, and there are several facelift types that can help your reach this objective.
Each type targets a different problem area on your face, so you should choose the type that best suits your aesthetic needs.
Here are the seven most common types of facelift that you can undergo.
The traditional full facelift is a surgical procedure that combines all the other types of facelifts together, hence creating the most comprehensive results. It can address the deep creases below your eyes, the sagging around your cheeks, the lines around your mouth, and the excess fat and skin under your chin. This results in more defined facial features, fewer wrinkles and sagging skin, and a rejuvenated appearance that looks natural. It is recommended for patients already in their 50s or 60s.
Since the full facelift targets almost all areas of the face, it requires a long incision that usually runs along the temple, around the ear, and down to the neck. It is usually performed under general anesthesia and may be aided by endoscopic tools. Aside from endoscopic technology, other techniques that your surgeon might use in a full facelift include cutaneous facelift, superficial musculoaponeurotic system facelift, S-lift, deep plane lift, and subperiosteal facelift.
The main purpose of the mid facelift is to tighten the tissues below the eyes and around the cheeks.
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Your doctor creates the same incisions as that of a full facelift, only deeper. This will allow him to lift the muscles that are normally untouched by the traditional facelift. He pulls the muscles and the skin outward horizontally toward the ears to achieve a lift of two to four centimeters and flatten the folds around the mouth. The tissues are held in place with permanent sutures under the skin. Your surgeon might also need to use fat grafting or facial implants to enhance the contours of your face and create more defined cheekbones.
However, unlike the full facelift, the mid facelift does not address all the signs of aging. Hence, this procedure is recommended for those in their 30s and 40s who simply want to freshen up their appearance.
Also known as the “weekend facelift,” the mini facelift is referred to as such because it is less invasive compared to other types of facelifts. It targets a smaller area of the face, such as the jaw, lower cheeks, and neck.
The mini facelift is usually done under local anesthesia, leaving you conscious but numb throughout the procedure. The incisions are smaller and are usually located along the hairline and behind the ears. Through these incisions, your cosmetic surgeon will lift the muscles, remove unwanted fat deposits, and eliminate excess skin. In some cases, it might even include fat grafting to restore volume.
Many surgeons perform a mini facelift using endoscopic techniques. Since it is not that invasive and requires a shorter recovery time, it is recommended for younger patients who are just showing the first signs of aging.
If wrinkles on your forehead are your main problem, you may want to opt for an upper facelift, also known as a brow lift or forehead lift. It subtly tightens the skin and underlying muscle tissue on the forehead, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles between the eyes and across the brow. It can also raise your sagging brows.
Your surgeon will make a coronal incision--an ear to ear incision across your hairline--for your upper facelift. This makes the resulting scars subtle and easy to conceal. The forehead skin is then lifted and the muscles are adjusted accordingly. Other surgeons prefer using an endoscope and other small instruments placed through small incisions made within the hairline.
The upper facelift is commonly combined with eyelid lift surgery or blepharoplasty to create a rejuvenated and more rested appearance.
As the name already suggests, the lower facelift targets the lower third of your face, tightening the underlying structures that form jowls and a fleshy neck. It is also a great way to reduce deep nasolabial folds, lift the sagging corners of the mouth, and enhance the appearance of the jaw. Patients of all ages can get a lower facelift to give them a more youthful appearance.
Just like other types of facelifts, the incisions for the lower facelift are done along your ears and hairline. It can also be performed with the aid of an endoscope. Once the incisions are made, your surgeon carefully separates your skin from your tissues. Excess fats are then removed, facial muscles are tightened and restored to youthful positions, and excess skin is trimmed away. The incisions are then closed with sutures.
If there is a weekend facelift, then there is also a “lunchtime facelift” in the form of the thread facelift. This type of facelift is a convenient and minimally invasive alternative to the traditional facelift as it can reduce sagging around the cheeks, jawline, and neck in a quicker and less risky manner.
In the thread facelift, your surgeon creates tiny stitches just below your skin’s surface to lift the muscles underneath. Almost immediately, the targeted areas are raised slightly, thereby eliminating sagging and giving patients a rejuvenated appearance. Once the threads are knotted, they become hidden within the skin itself.
It can be done with no anesthesia, plus it does not leave any visible scars. Patients remain fully conscious during the procedure and can actually approve their new look. The thread facelift is suitable for patients who only want minor adjustments, usually in their 30s or 40s.
Though there are many facelift brands in general, two of the most popular include the Lifestyle Lift and QuickLift. Both of these are less invasive facelift variations.
In the Lifestyle Lift, your surgeon places the incisions in front your ears, extending beneath and behind them. Through these incisions, your surgeon can lift your muscles and skin.
The QuickLift, on the other hand, is performed using an S-shaped incision from the sideburn area towards the nape of the neck. Sutures are attached to the muscles and pulled close to the incision, providing an instant lift.
Knowing your problem areas can help you easily decide which type of facelift is right for you. If you are still a bit confused, Schedule a Free Consultation with one of our board-certified cosmetic surgeons here on
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