So are you planning to get a face-lift done? Face-lifts have come a long way. The very early face lifts comprised of merely tightening the skin. However today they do much more by repositioning the facial muscles, fat and skin. But to gain the best possible results, you need to be clear with all the options that you have with the face lifting techniques. Read along to find out!
There are many different types of face-lift surgeries available. All these procedures are different from one another on the basis of the face area being treated, the incisions utilized and the level of their invasiveness. The type of face-lift surgery to be performed also depends upon the individual needs of the patients. It is very important that you discuss certain measures with your plastic surgeons prior to undergoing the procedure such as- the particular areas of your face that need improvement, recovery time post treatment and even your expectations regarding the cosmetic surgery.
Deep Plane Face-Lift Or SMAS Lift:
The deep plane face-lift offers numerous benefits as it is used to treat the underlying muscles and tissue layers. It is mainly used to improve the nasolabial folds (nose to mouth lines) and results in providing you a much defined jaw line and chin. Though it constitutes the most invasive face-lift techniques, but it certainly offers quite dramatic results with long lasting effects up to 10-15 years. This procedure is particularly suitable for older people suffering from severe facial laxity and sagging. The procedure involves lifting and repositioning of the tissues of the mid facial region and the cheekbone region. It is one highly recommended technique used for the smokers by plastic surgeons.
By the time people reach their mid 30s, the soft tissue around their cheekbones begins to lax and starts to sag slightly, leading to the formation of nasolabial folds. This not only flattens the area around the mid face, but also makes the face of many women look fairly masculine. It is usually suitable for people between the age groups of 40-50 years, whose cheeks starts to appear sagging and who experience visible skin folds around the nasolabial area. This procedure typically requires several tiny incisions beside the hairline and to the inside of the mouth, such that the fatty tissue layers accumulated in the affected areas can be correctly lifted and repositioned. So this also means that the possibility of visible scars is practically non-existent.
Mini Face-Lift Or ‘S’ Lift:
The least invasive type of cosmetic surgery, the mini lift promotes a temporary solution to the aging facial skin combined with less downtime. It is sometimes also referred to as ‘S’ lift mainly because of the shape and type of incision used. Under mini face lift, incisions are generally made from the hairline from the ear region where the scars are hidden in the natural crease of the skin. This procedure is used to lift and reposition soft tissues of the skin and can also be performed with the endoscope. This type of face lifting technique is suitable for younger patients who are suffering from pre mature skin aging and typically involves a shorter recovery time.
Also called as a feather lift, this type of surgery is less invasive and is popular amongst the people in their late 30s and 40s. Thread Lift is ideal for people who look forward to minimal improvements for treating sagging and laxity around the eye area, the forehead and the nasolabial folds. The treatment involves use of a barb suture by the cosmetic surgeon. The barbs function as a hook and are used with threads to collect the layers of the skin in an upward direction, resulting into tightening of the skin. The thread does not get dissolved or reabsorbed and therefore remains in place providing a lifting effect without cutting the skin.