There are many different types of facelift surgery, depending on:
- Different types of incision used
- Area of the face being treated
- Invasive intensity of the procedure
The most popular types include:
Skin Only Facelift – a traditional procedure to the lower face and neck. No muscle tightening is involved and therefore has minimal risk to underlying facial muscles and nerves. Considered less durable over time than other methods.
Midface Lift – where soft tissues in the cheekbone area are lifted to alleviate the appearance of folds and hanging skin around the nasal area and in the middle of the face.
Traditional Facelift – also known as SMAS (Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System). Muscle layers are repositioned and tightened for longer-term stability.
Deep Plane Facelift – a modification of the traditional facelift involving a deeper plane of the patient's face before lifting and repositioning the muscle. Certain muscle layers will also be separated from deeper muscles and/ or other facial structures.
Subperiosteal Facelift - performed at the very deepest layers to an area directly on top of the facial bones.
Thread Lift/Feather Lift – medical sutures (stitches) or tailored surgical thread hook into the facial tissue and pull it into a new position.
Additional treatments may also involve:
Liposuction – a procedure often performed during facelifts or neck lifts to remove excess fat from different areas of the face and neck.
Fat Transfer (Lipostructure) – where fat is removed from an area of the body, usually the stomach or thigh, and strategically injected back under the patient’s facial skin to achieve the required fullness of shape.