There are four general facelift options, differentiated by the amount of work that is done as well as the type of incisions that are made.
Mini-facelifts are best used for patients showing moderate signs of aging who do not require a more extensive procedure. Short, limited incisions are made along the temples and around the ear for subtle improvements. The muscular layer known as the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) is also lifted and repositioned into a more youthful-looking configuration resulting in a more contoured and refined cheek and jawline.
In a traditional facelift, the incision is made starting from the hairline and continues down the ear, around the earlobe, and ends behind the ear. The comprehensive treatment repositions tissues, lifts muscles, sculpts fat, and trims away excess skin for a more youthful appearance.
In this procedure, the vertical bands in the front of the neck are divided and sutured together to create an internal corset that supports, tightens, and sculpts the neck.
A neck lift deals with excess and sagging neck skin and fat, particularly below the chin. The incision used in this procedure is made around the earlobe and ends along the lower scalp. Along with the removal of excess skin, the SMAS muscle section in the neck is moved into a more youthful position for a more contoured and youthful appearance.
Studies show that individuals who undergo facial rejuvenation surgery are often perceived as younger, more attractive, more successful, and healthier after their procedure. This can positively affect a patient’s social life and dating prospects (particularly after a divorce or break-up), as well as work opportunities. Society places great emphasis on youthfulness and that’s routinely reinforced on television and other media. Facial rejuvenation surgeries can greatly improve patients’ self-confidence and quality of life.