The face is an incredible part of the human body that gives each person their unique identity. Unfortunately, when the negative effects of aging and gravity take a toll on the face, it results in haggard looking skin and sagging facial muscles. When this happens, you begin to lose that youthful glow, and may even look unhappy, and eventually, your self-confidence might even diminish.
Thanks to facelift surgery, you can regain that self-confidence and your youthful appearance you once had.
HOW DOES A FACELIFT WORK
Depending on the type of facelift (surgical vs. non-surgical), a facelift can correct sagging facial muscles, remove loose skin, and improve facial contours. Of course, with more invasive facelifts, there is a wider range of facial correction and more drastic and permanent results as compared to less invasive procedures.
Many patients also ask me “how long does a facelift last?” There is no one answer to this question obviously, as different types of facelift produce different results. But in terms of a surgical facelift, this question is invalid. There isn’t an effective duration of a facelift, neither is there an expiry date for one. A facelift also does not stop aging permanently.
What a facelift does is that it simply turns back the clock to wash, for example, 10 years off the face. But since aging is a dynamic process, ALL patients continue to age even after their facelift procedure. So if a facelift decreases the apparent age by 10 years, the patient will always look 10 years younger then his/her real age. For example, if the patient is 60 years old, he/she will look 50.
In essence, a facelift lasts forever, and the correct question to ask is therefore, “how many years do I want off my face?”
TYPES OF FACELIFT
There are many types of facelift available in the market to suit different needs and expectations: full surgical facelift, minimally invasive facelift, and non-invasive facelift.
Traditional full face and neck lift
A traditional full face and neck lift fully address moderate to advance aging and sagging around the upper-face, mid-face and neck. This is the most extensive and complete type of surgery that deliveries the most lasting and effective results. Incisions for this facelift are made behind the hairline, starting near the temples, and around the front of the ear, along the natural folds. Through the incisions, the muscle (SMAS lift) and tissue in that area is tightened, at this point, some fat may also be removed (such as under the neck). The skin is the redraped over the face and any loose skin is excised. The result is a more youthful face with significantly less wrinkles, sagging muscles and loose skin.
Deep plane facelift
The deep plane facelift was developed as a modification and advancement of the traditional facelift to also target the deep nasolabial fold. Instead of focusing on just skin pull and removal like the traditional facelift, the deep plane facelift focuses on release and then repositioning of muscle and fat layers so that the SMAS layer moves freely without tension.
Minimally Invasive Facelifts:
MACS lift is an abbreviation for ‘Minimal Access Suspension-lift’: which means a lift with vertical suspension of the sagging tissue through a short, minimal incision. This technique targets the sagging neck, lower chin and cheeks and removes only a very small amount of skin. The tension on the skin and the underlying tissues is applied vertically. The incision is made in the crease in front of the ear and follows the natural crease so that the scar is not noticeable.
(*Dr Marco is the worldwide pioneer in the realm of endoscopic plastic surgery.)
An endoscopic facelift, or minimally invasive facelift, is perfect for patients who exhibit a mild degree of sagging cheeks. It addresses unwelcomed signs of aging before they become too pronounced, postponing the need for more extensive surgery for many years. An endoscopic facelift is a less invasive technique that requires the use of endoscopes and short incisions to tighten deep facial tissues. The incisions are usually located inside the hair-bearing area of the scalp. Through these keyhole incisions, structural tissues around the cheeks are lifted and tightened to rejuvenate a tired appearance. This technique improves sagging in the jowl area or neck, although it is not very effective. It is more effective on the face, eyebrows, and cheeks.
Liquid facelifts uses injectable fillers and botulinum toxin type A (brand name BOTOX) to mitigate the results of facelift. Dermal fillers uses hyaluronic acid to restore lost volume in the forehead and temples, tear troughs, cheeks, and other facial areas. Botulinum toxin type A helps to relax muscles that make the face look too tensed. By plumping the skin and relaxing tensed muscles, wrinkles and creases are smoothed and a younger-looking and refined appearance is achieved.
Ultherapy® is a non-invasive state-of-the-art facelift that uses ultrasounds to tighten and tone the skin on your neck, face, and brow. It uses focused ultrasounds to stimulate collagen deep within the skin without any downtime. (Read more about Ultherapy here.)
Thread Lift is a procedure that involves elevating different parts of the face using special threads through small needles. There are two main types of thread or sutures used: Free floating barbed threads which do not need to be suspended in order to hold the lift; and smooth suspension threads which need to be anchored to a stable structure of the face/scalp. This procedures is perfect for patients with mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, or if they only want a subtle lift to rejuvenate their appearance. However, this technique is only a temporary solution to a sagging face.
With so many types of facelifts available, all with their individual purposes and downtime, if is best to consult an experienced plastic surgeon to discuss and goal and concerns you may have before proceeding with your decision. Only through an accredited and experienced plastic surgeon can you then ensure your own safety and desired results so as not be to disappointed in the end.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this post is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your plastic surgeon or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Always speak to your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a procedure.