Types of Facelifts: Which Could be Right for Me?


A facelift is one of the most well-known procedures to turn back the aging clock. It’s also one of the oldest types of facial plastic surgery—but contrary to popular belief, facelifts aren’t outdated and shouldn’t leave any tell-tale signs of a surgery. Today’s facelifts use advanced technology and techniques for superior age-defying results. The type of facelift that’s right for you will depend on where your skin tends to sag, your age, and just how significant you want your facelift to be. Read on to learn more about the different types of facelifts to learn which one may be right for you.

Traditional Facelift. Traditional facelifts tighten the skin on the jowls and neck. An incision is made from above and behind the ear all the way down the length of the ear. When the plastic surgeon makes the incision, he or she will cut through the skin, muscle, and tissue. Some of these materials will also be removed for tightening purposes. The surgeon will then close the wound with stitches, making sure that all of the underlying necessities are in place as well. Traditional facelifts are sometimes called SMAS (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system), which is the method of muscle repositioning used during the procedure.

Mini Facelift. A mini facelift is a less extensive type of facelift. Generally speaking, it will involve a shorter incision and less healing time. It’s a good option for younger people who have minimal sagging around their face and still have relatively high elasticity levels in their skin. Mini facelifts can be performed using a range of techniques like the s-shaped S-Lift and Lifestyle Lift®.

Feather Lift. Also known as a Thread Lift, the Feather Lift uses a different type of sutures to close the wound. Despite its differing name, the Feather Lift can utilize sutures made from many types of materials and sewn using many types of techniques. If you are interested in getting a Feather Lift, ask your plastic surgeon what type of sutures are used and why they may be beneficial.

Tissue-Glue Facelift. This type of facelift does not use traditional sutures or stitches to close incisions. Instead, a variety of surgical glue is used. Although sutures have long been considered the reliable way to close surgical wounds, tissue-glue is becoming more popular for its ability to stop bleeding quickly and painlessly. Plus, tissue-glue naturally dissolves into the blood stream so there’s no need for painful removal. Since tissue-glue facelifts are relatively new, make sure you see a reputable surgeon with experience in the procedure.

Non-Surgical Anti-Aging Procedures. Choosing to get a facelift is a major decision that should be made carefully in conjunction with a board-certified plastic surgeon. If you decide that a facelift isn’t the right decision for you, there are other anti-aging options that don’t require surgery. Injectables like Botox, Sculptra, Radiesse, Restylane, and more can seriously improve the look of an aging face without having to go under the knife.

If you’d like to learn more about the facelift techniques mentioned above or any other anti-aging cosmetic procedure, contact our representatives today. We’d be happy to point you toward a reputable, board-certified plastic surgeon in your area with experience in facelifts. Contact us today!

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