What Kind Of Face Lift Is Right For a You?

Are you confused by all of the different names for facelift procedures these days?

Mini facelift? S-lift? MACS lift? Lower facelift? Full facelift? Lunchtime lift? Not to mention all of the quirky branded names for facelifts.

Here’s a little secret, there is little variation between most of these techniques.

They all vary some in the way that the incision is designed and the methods used to tighten the skin and other tissues. But the real key is how thorough the procedure is or if it is designed to be a less invasive treatment option. The goal of a facelift is to tighten the mid-face, the area from the cheekbones down to the jawline. The neck is not addressed unless a separate neck lift is done, but these two procedures are frequently combined.

1. Liquid Facelift

Injectable dermal fillers made from hydroxyapatite, hyaluronic acid, or lactic acid calcium, can be used to non-surgically smooth creases and folds, plump lips, and fill hollowing areas. Today, some of the most popular fillers include Juvederm, Voluma, and Sculptra. Treatments with dermal fillers are a great way to prevent or delay the need for facelift surgery.

2. Jaw Line Rejuvenation

This procedure is especially good for revitalizing the area between the jaw and upper neck. Excess fat is removed from the neck via liposuction in order to sculpt the jaw line. This harvested fat can then be used as natural filler, if desired, by injecting it back into the cheek and mid-face area to add volume. This is most appropriate for people with minimal skin laxity as skin is not removed with this procedure.

3. Mini Face Lift

The mini-lift is a facelift surgery technique that uses smaller incisions than traditional facelift techniques and thus it’s less invasive. During the procedure, small incisions are made under the cover of the hair line. These incisions allow the surgeon to tighten the skin and remove excess tissue; improving the appearance of the jowls and neck. Mini-lifts are often called “weekend facelifts” because patients can undergo the procedure on Friday and get back to work (and normal activities) on Monday. In general, the mini lift provides less dramatic results compared to a traditional facelift and is ideal for individuals with early signs of aging who might not be ready for a full lift.

4. Mid-Facelift

The mid-facelift is very effective in treating the mid-face (cheek) area. During this procedure a surgeon makes small incisions in the hairline above the ears, as well as within the mouth. These incisions allow the surgeon to reposition the fat pads in the checks over the cheekbones while also tightening skin in the area.

5. Temporal Facelift or Browlift

Temporal lifts focus on improving the eyebrow area. For individuals with slightly drooping or lowered eyebrows this type of lift can be a great alternative to give the eyebrow area a slight lift without having to undergo a full browlift procedure which is more invasive and requires a longer recover period. The procedure consists of the surgeon making small incisions (typically at the hairline for patients with high foreheads or within the hair for patients with lower hairlines) to lift the skin on the sides of the brows.

6. MACS Lift / QuickLift

Both the QuickLift and the MACS are modifications to the S-Lift technique discussed earlier. These procedures fall between the S-Lift and traditional facelift technique in both invasiveness and results. These procedures require more recovery time than the S-Lift but do provide more dramatic results; making them a good choice for candidates with mild to moderate facial aging.

7. Traditional Facelift

The traditional facelift is an appropriate procedure for patient’s seeking optimal correction of moderate to significant facial aging. Incisions are positioned around the ears and into the hairline as well as a small incision below the chin. The skin is dissected from the underlying muscles allowing tightening of the muscles of the face as well as the neck. Bands of muscle in the front of the neck are sutured together and divided to help provide a smooth contour and defined neckline. Excess fat of the neck and jowels is removed as needed and the skin is re-draped in a natural fashion with excess skin removed both in front and behind the ears. This provides the surgeon optimal exposure and yields the most dramatic and long lasting results for the patient in most cases. Sutures are removed in 6-7 days and patients usually return to work within 10 days. Patients can resume light exercise 2 weeks after surgery.

The bottom line is this, don’t get confused by all of the different names & procedures that seem to be the latest trends. Just understand the basics about facelifts, and most importantly book a consultation with Dr. Kaplan who will listen to your questions and offer you clear answers to help you decide which is best for your needs.