A face lift procedure is a surgical procedure that is performed with the purpose of tightening the saggy skin of the face by removing excess skin and repositioning the underlying tissue. This procedure results in youthful and rejuvenated skin that is guaranteed to take several years off your age. You can undergo one of the seven different types of facelift procedures, all of which are explained in details below.
Signs of aging first begin to appear in the lower region of your face in the form of loose skin and jowls that give the appearance of low-hanging cheeks. There may also be saggy skin that falls over the jawline, completely ruining the definition and esthetics of your jawline.
To remove the first signs of aging from your lower facial region, you can undergo a mini facelift procedure, rather than a complete facelift as the rest of your facial skin is completely fine.
The mini facelift procedure is the best option for a younger age group that is suffering from early signs of aging, stress, and UV exposure. Older age groups can also undergo this procedure if only the lower part of the face is affected by aging
Full and high-raised cheeks are a vital sign of your youth and as you age, these full cheeks begin to sag and give a fatty and saggy mid-facial appearance. This can result in a sunken eye appearance that is bound to make you look tired and dull. Moreover, the sagginess of the cheeks exaggerates the nasolabial folds or the lines starting from your nose going down to the corners of your lips. These deep nasolabial folds further enhance the saggy and droopy appearance of your cheek, which can make you look significantly older than you really are.
A mid-facelift procedure improves the appearance of your cheeks and eyes, hence giving you a youthful and glowing appearance. For this procedure, surgeons will make the incisions around your hairline and forehead to tighten and raise your cheeks, hence removing the dull sunken eye appearance and defining your cheek structure.
This procedure is a good option for those who suffer from saggy cheeks but no sagginess of the skin in the neck or chin region.
Deep Plane Facelift
A Deep Plane Facelift is a surgical procedure that involves deep dissection into the facial tissues in order to lift the loose facial and neck skin. As a result of the deeper dissection the procedure has a much higher risk of complications without a significant improvement in results compared with the SMAS lift.
Full Brow Lift
Another important facial region that gets affected by aging is your forehead. Fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging of skin that can result in droopy eyelids are some of the main signs that your brows need attention. To improve the appearance of your upper face or the forehead and eyebrows, you can undergo a brow lift procedure.
This procedure begins with incisions in your scalp and the endoscope is passed through these incisions under the forehead skin down to the level of the brows. This allows surgeons to work on the eyebrows without using scars on the forehead. The brows are released and the skin of your forehead is lifted and tightened. This results in a smoother forehead, eyebrows in a normal position and apparent less loose skin in the upper eyelids. This procedure is often combined with upper blepharoplasties to remove any remaining loose upper eyelid skin.
This procedure may be right for you if you are bothered by the appearance of your upper face only. You can also opt for anti-wrinkle injections along with this procedure to further enhance the smooth and youthful results.
Temporal Brow Lift
If you are just beginning to see wrinkles and fine lines on your forehead with minimal drooping of your eyebrows and want to solve this problem before it worsens, you can undergo a relatively less invasive, temporal brow lift procedure. For this procedure, the incisions will be made in your hairline, along the side of your head. The purpose of making incisions there is to diagonally tighten the skin of your forehead, temple, and eyebrows.
If your entire face is showing signs of aging in the form of droopy eyelids and saggy cheeks along with wrinkles and fine lines on your entire face, you may benefit from a traditional facelift. This procedure treats the lower 2/3rds of the face. A traditional or lower facelift procedure includes tightening of the skin along with a significant SMAS lift to help reverse the effects of the aging process. The SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) is an area of the musculature of the face that when tightened can provide a long-lasting elevation of the face. It is not only your facial appearance that improves, your neck contours will be enhanced too by this procedure resulting in an overall youthful appearance of your face and neck.
For a SMAS facelift procedure, surgeons will make incisions in front of the ear, extending from your hair down in front of the ear and up behind the ear and into the hairline to remove excess skin and enhance the natural contours of your face. Excess skin and fat are removed from the face and neck, underlying muscle tissue is tightened and lifted and repositioned to define the facial structures and the neckline. This results in significant improvement in the appearance of your face and neck.