Turn Back The Hands Of Time With Facelift Surgery

According to studies done by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, face lift surgery used to be one of the top five most often performed types of cosmetic surgery. With the development of Botox injections however, face lifts have dropped out of the top five but are still one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries that people decide to have done. There are quite a few different face lift procedures available. Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to help you decide what type of procedure is the best option for you, depending on your level of wrinkling, how elastic your skin is and your general health.

Who is Face Lift Surgery For?

Face lift surgery is usually performed on men and women over age 40. Ideally you need to be in good health and have what is termed elastic skin for the best results. Because it is normally elective surgery and not health-related, your insurance probably won't cover the cost of the procedure.

If you have extensive wrinkling and deep lines, a deep plane face lift may be the best option for you. Incisions will be made in your temple above your hairline and then extend down each side of your face as well as under your ears and behind them. The incisions are made fairly deep in order to pull up and tighten the most facial muscles and tissue to eliminate sagging and wrinkling. The skin is also tightened and any excess removed before stitching. This type of face lift surgery can have results that last for as much as ten or fifteen years before wrinkles begin to appear again.

Types of Face Lift Surgeries


A superficial musculoaponeurotic system or SMAS face lift is probably one of the most often performed types of lifts done today. The best candidate for this is someone who doesn't have deep wrinkles or lines, just the normal effects of aging. A SMAS face lift has the same incision pattern as a deep plane face lift, but the incisions aren't nearly as deep. The skin and facial tissue are tightened and then sutured back in place. Excess skin can also be removed.

Mini Face Lifts

Mini face lifts are another option for women and men who don't have major wrinkling or deep lines. There are also short scar face lifts and minimal access cranial suspension lifts (MACS). In all of these types of face lifts, incisions are both more shallow and not as long. The cut will once again be made in your temple above the hairline and travel down the side in front of your ears but will not go underneath the ears or behind the ears.

Mid Face Lifts

For men and women who basically just have problems with laugh lines, which are lines around the mouth or cheek skin that is drooping, a mid face lift could work best. With a mid face lift, incisions are once again cut in the hairline but also in the mouth. From those locations, the surgeon will tighten and raise the facial tissues and skin and then suture back into place, smoothing out the lines.

Endoscopic Face Lift

Another face lift surgery procedure that works well for patients who have minimal wrinkling or sagging is the endoscopic face lift. With this procedure, the incisions are much smaller, plus bruising and swelling are a lot less than with traditional face lifts. Your surgeon will make a minimal amount of hairline incisions, insert an endoscope and tighten and suture tissue that way. You can have this type of face lift surgery as an outpatient, which is very appealing to many people.

Featherlift or Threadlift Surgery

You can also opt for featherlift or threadlift surgery. This can also be an outpatient procedure. A local anesthetic is used and the surgeon will simply pull sagging or drooping facial skin up with surgical thread and stitch it in place to give a smoother appearance and remove wrinkles. With these two types of face lift surgery, no skin will be removed, so the best candidates are people who don't have a large amount of wrinkles or sagging skin.

No matter which type of face lift surgery you decide to have performed, you can expect to experience some discomfort, swelling, bruising and limited activity during the recovery period. The length of your hospital stay will also depend on which type of procedure you have. The most important thing you can do is have a qualified cosmetic surgeon that you feel comfortable with and ask as many questions as you need answered about the face lift surgery and your expected results.