A facelift is intended to give your face and neck a more youthful appearance. Unfortunately, the results from a surgical facelift are not permanent. As we age and over time, the facial skin will begin to droop again. Even though it may be common knowledge that facelift surgery is an incredibly painful procedure, nothing could be further from the truth! Most facelift surgery patients are surprised at the low level of discomfort they experience.
How Long Does a Facelift Last
Full facelifts deliver the best results, lasting up to 15 years after the procedure has been completed. It is important to remember that the natural aging process will still occur, and results are not permanent. Less invasive techniques, like mini facelifts or S-lifts, yield more intermediate results that typically last from two to six years.
In most instances, a facelift works best for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. It is at this age range when signs of aging begin to become prevalent in most people. As part of the aging process, the following are part of the aging process:
- Deep lines
- Fine lines
- Sagging skin
Through surgical techniques, such as facelifts, are suggested, rather than nonsurgical methods to address aging.
Types of Facelifts
You probably won’t be surprised to learn that there wasn’t a nonsurgical facelift for many years. Surgeons offered facelifts to everyone who wanted them: tightening of the face’s skin completely. This approach presented several problems. One of the most popular options is a nonsurgical facelift. Those who choose this option seek a refreshed appearance without undergoing surgery or needing the more dramatic results of a surgical procedure.
No incisions or scars are left behind after a non-surgical facelift. An Ultherapy-BOTOX-facial filler combination, this procedure combines Ultherapy and BOTOX treatment.
Stem Cell Facelift
Nonsurgical facelifts may also include stem cell facelifts. Stem cells are removed from another body area, like the abdomen or the thighs, to remove fat. A portion of your face is injected with this fat after it has been processed. Injections of fat are the only way to place it. There are no cuts or scars. You can benefit from a stem cell facelift in which your skin is rejuvenated naturally without foreign materials. Fat and stem cells are injected directly into the patient, so the likelihood of an allergic reaction is almost zero.
Thread facelifts are also sometimes referred to as feather facelifts. It helps support sagging skin by attaching small hooks to the thread during the procedure. Threads remain in place to keep the skin from sagging after the procedure, and it is less invasive than a full facelift. Most thread lift patients are awake during the procedure to see the results even if they are numb and not in pain. Today, other minimally invasive techniques are more effective than using the traditional thread technique for a facelift. The thread lift is one of the newest types of facelift available today and is part of a wide range of options for people who would like to avoid facelift scars.
Lower Facelift with Neck Lift
In most cases, sedation and local anesthetics are typically all that’s needed for upper eyelid surgery. Small incisions are made on the crease of the upper eyelid, around 1 cm above your lash line. It is then separated from the underlying tissue, and the fatty tissues are repositioned and removed while the muscles are tightened. Before stitching everything back together, the skin will be pulled and stretched to make sure the real result is that the face is as wrinkle and line-free as possible.
Mid Facelift or Cheek Lift
For patients undergoing lower eyelid surgery, anesthesia is usually administered. A combination of upper and lower eyelid surgery is the same. You will need to make small incisions along your lower lash lines if you have lower eyelid surgery. The surgeon removes all the excess fat (which forms the eyebags). Next, the surrounding skin is stretched to tighten it and ensure it is as smooth as possible, giving a youthful appearance.
The best candidate for an upper facelift is one who wants to enhance their forehead, brow, and upper eye region. Facelifts are designed to improve deep forehead wrinkles and sagging eyebrows. The upper facelift is not designed to target fine lines or to address any skin texture issues.
The complete version of the facelift is a complete facelift. A complete facelift is a combination of an upper, mid, and lower facelift. This is the best procedure for people with prominent facial aging, interested in the substantial results. People often worry that the work will not look natural after a combination facelift that includes all face areas.
In an endoscopic facelift, your plastic surgeon uses a few small incisions to perform a minimally invasive procedure. These incisions may be covered so that scarring from a facelift will not be an issue. The endoscopic facelift is accomplished through tiny incisions and a tiny camera. Among the disadvantages of endoscopic facelifts is that the surgeon can only use them on certain face areas. For example, if you want a neck lift included in your facelift, the endoscopic technique will likely not be the right fit.
Short Scar Facelift
Short scar facelifts – or short scar lifts – involve creating a smaller incision on the face that leaves less of a scar. In general, facelift scars are around the ear or hairline area.
The Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System refers to the muscles responsible for the visible signs of aging on your face. As muscles become heavier than the skin, gravity may cause them to droop over time—facelifts involving SMAS target both upper skin and deeper muscle layers. By addressing issues with the muscles and the skin, allows for significant results with a natural appearance. The surgeon can tighten the muscles in the face in multiple directions during a SMAS facelift. The SMAS facelift is a customized facelift to fit the facial structure best.
Deep Plane Facelift
A deep plane facelift is generally regarded as the most comprehensive and long-lasting type of facelift. This facelift involves the layer of muscles under your facial skin. When we age, these muscles cause our faces to droop or sag. A part of the muscle system can be released from its attachments and then repositioned. By lifting and tightening the deep plane of the face, the face skin is lifted and smoothed. The procedure tightens not only the skin on your face but also the foundation of your face.