The Different Facelift Procedures that Exist: Choose Your Outcome
1. Mid Facelift
When the area of the face between the cheeks flattens without sagging in the neck, a mid facelift is suggested to fix it. The mid facelift rejuvenates the face, as opposed to a full facelift that is a more drastic surgery. The surgeon will make several small incisions along the patient’s hairline and inside the mouth to lift and reposition the fatty layers. This procedure results in practically no scars and has a rather short recovery time.
2. Mini Facelift
The mini facelift is the least invasive procedure, and is comparable to a full facelift. It is a more temporary resolution to the aging face to fix sagging facial structures. The incision is made from the hairline around the ear, and the scar is hidden in the natural folds of the patient’s skin. The surgeon will use an endoscope to resposition the soft tissues and a suture to reposition the skin.
3. Thread Lift
The thread lift is a less invasive procedure that is used to treat minor sagging in the eyes, forehead and nasolabial fold. Threads hold the skin in place, which will not be reabsorbed or dissolved. No skin is cut away in this procedure.
4. Skin-Only Facelift
With the skin-only facelift only the facial skin is lifted, excluding the SMAS layer of ligaments and muscles. The longevity of this type of facelift is short due to the lack of elasticity in the skin of its patients. However, this procedure have fewer complications than others and les less technically demanding.
5. MACS Facelift
The MACS or Minimal Access Cranial Suspension lift allows for the surgeon to fix sagging facial features through a small incision. The advantages to the MACS lift are a smaller scar and a safer procedure due to the amount of skin raised. This means a smaller risk of bleeding and nerve damage. There is also a shorter recovery time, resulting in a more natural look.
A facelift, or rhytidectomy is defined by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as a procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as sagging, deep creases, fallen fat and loose skin or muscle. Dr. John Freeman practices in Houston, TX and specializes in facial plastic surgery. For a professional facelift in the Houston, TX area call Dr. Freeman at 281-599-9445.