Guide to Different Types of Facelifts

Facelift surgery can take up to a decade or more off your appearance, boost your self-confidence and help you achieve a youthful look. While the procedure itself can be extensive and require several weeks for recovery, facelift surgery produces lasting results and can be combined with other skin rejuvenation procedures and treatments. There are now several different types of facelift techniques and procedures to choose from, and they differ based on the degree of invasiveness, the type of incisions made, and the layers of skin and tissues that are treated during the procedure.

Get in touch with a plastic surgeon in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for facelift surgery. Your surgeon will discuss some of the latest facelift options available, and explain the pros and cons of some of the most popular procedures.

Popular Types of Facelift Procedures

Some of the most popular types of facelift procedures and techniques include:

  • SMAS
  • Short scar facelifts
  • Mini facelifts (also known as the QuickLift)
  • Endoscopic facelift
  • Mid-facelift
  • Secondary facelifts

All of these facelifts may be combined with other treatments and procedures, including Thermage skin tightening treatments, Titan skin tightening procedures and dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Hylaform and Restylane.

Some of the more extensive procedures involve making deep incisions in the skin and pulling the tissues back before securing the sutures in place. Others require minimal incisions, and only involve removing fatty tissue and repositioning the tissues to create a smoother, more contoured appearance. Innovative facelift procedures, such as the endoscopic facelift, let the surgeon see beneath the skin so that it’s easier to move the tissues around and gain access to fatty deposits.

Less-invasive procedures, such as the Threadlift, are designed to lift sagging skin and improve the appearance of the face without making any deep incisions. The Threadlift is a popular facelift alternative and is often referred to as a “weekend facelift” because it can be performed within a few hours, under local anesthesia.

What to Expect with a Facelift Procedure

If you are considering facelift surgery, the first step is to get a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic or plastic surgeon in your area. The consultation will reveal what type of facelift procedure you are a good candidate for, and the surgeon can discuss all the benefits and drawbacks of different procedures. The surgeon will also be able to create a comprehensive treatment plan based on your overall goals and schedule.

In addition to the basic facelift procedure, the surgeon may perform other procedures that enhance the face and improve your appearance. These include a brow lift that lifts up and tightens the loose skin above the eye area, and a neck lift to eliminate wrinkles and sagging around the neck. The entire facelift procedure package will help restore a youthful appearance with minimal incisions and side effects.

Learn more about facelift surgery in our information guide, or consult with a plastic surgeon in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for any of these popular facelift procedures.