A facelift can be a life-changing cosmetic procedure, with the potential to rejuvenate your appearance and improve self-confidence. However, with so many different methods used these days, which one is the most effective?
1. Reduction of Wrinkle and Frown line
The main purpose of a facelift is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, which are caused by muscle movement over time. This includes the vertical line that forms between the eyebrows (frown line) and the horizontal lines that develop around your mouth (nasolabial folds) and on the forehead (crow’s feet). Although a facelift is not a procedure for the elimination of wrinkles, it can be effective in reducing them.
With modern techniques, it is now possible to lift the skin of the face without pulling it tight. This allows the surgeon to remove excess skin and tighten sagging muscles under this ‘padded’ or ‘supported’ skin. It will also give your face a more youthful shape, with smooth contours.
2. Skin Tightening
This is the method most commonly used in facelifts today. The aim is to tighten sagging muscles and remove excess skin, resulting in a more youthful look with smoother contours.
The skin of the face has different levels of elasticity that determine whether it will sag or stretch. If you are genetically prone to getting wrinkles, you will tend to develop more wrinkles on the upper half of your face (based on your genetics) than on the lower half (based on your lifestyle). This is because the skin of the lower half of the face is more elastic and will tend to stretch, as opposed to becoming wrinkled.
If you only undergo a facelift on the upper half of your face, you may not see as much improvement as someone who has had a full facelift. This is because this procedure does not make your skin more elastic, and it will eventually sag and wrinkle by your genetic predisposition.
3. Deep Plane Facelift
Deep plane facelift surgery inserts a new piece of tissue into the upper face. Using this technique, the surgeon makes an incision along the hairline and then slices up and down along the hairline, like a knife slice. The result is that your skin gets pulled outwards away from your face, and some of the skin of your forehead is taken back with it.
3. Skin Resurfacing
This is a procedure that involves the removal of skin from the upper half of the face. In this type of facelift, your surgeon will also remove excess skin from your neck, jowls, and chin. This type of facelift is designed to remove excess fatty tissue in these areas, and it is easier to maintain with a diet and exercise program.
Unlike the skin tightening method, the skin resurfacing method does not completely remove wrinkles. Since you will still have wrinkles after undergoing this type of facelift, a face cream containing retinol may help reduce them. Retinol is a form of vitamin A that was initially used for treating acne and photodamage.
3. Skin Resurfacing by Laser
This procedure is similar to the skin resurfacing method, with the main difference being that it uses a laser instead of an electric scalpel.
The laser will peel away your outer layer of skin in a controlled and precise manner to achieve smoother and more youthful-looking skin. This type of facelift takes longer than the other two, but it does have some advantages. For example, it can tighten your skin for several years after the procedure. This is because a layer of tissue between your skin and the rest of your body prevents wrinkles from forming. This type of procedure is also more comfortable since there are no incisions. It also achieves better results since it will remove excess skin from jowls, neck, and chin.
4. Combination of Skin Resurfacing and Laser
In this method, the surgeon will perform a combination of skin resurfacing and laser to achieve more consistent results with reduced bruising. This type of facelift is ideal for people who have a lot of loose skin in their lower face, neck, and jowls. You can expect to see a difference in the appearance of your face within two weeks after undergoing this type of facelift, and you should be able to maintain the results for about five years.
4. Composite Facelift
This is a way to combine surgery with surgery. If you have a lot of loose skin in the lower half of your face, you should consider combining surgery with a procedure that focuses on the upper half of the face, such as a deeper facelift or facial bone surgery. In this type of procedure, your surgeon will combine surgery from different arms to achieve better results. Once it gets done, he will remove excess skin from areas such as jowls and neck.
5. Subperiosteal Facelift
This is a facelift procedure that uses stitches to remove skin underneath the bones of the face. Its performed on areas such as jowls, lips, and eyelids. This procedure is similar to a facelift, but it will require your surgeon to make incisions under your eyes to access loose skin beneath the bones of the face.
This method is designed to remove excess skin from folds of skin, but it will only be effective if you have a lot of sagging skin on these areas. If you don’t, you may end up with many incisions and a large scar on your face. However, this procedure is a good alternative for refusing surgery from other doctors because of their age or appearance.
6. Modified Double Plane Face Lift
This is a more advanced version of the facelift. It combines two separate procedures to achieve smoother and younger-looking skin. The surgeon will perform only one procedure on each half of your face, but he may have to repeat them several times to get consistent results.
To perform this procedure, your surgeon will first remove excess skin from all around the jawline, and then he’ll go under the upper face muscles. He will then tighten your skin to remove excess skin, and he may also perform a liposuction procedure. While this is happening, the lower part of the face will be lifted by using stitches. The whole process can take about 15-20 minutes, but you will have to stay at the clinic for about two hours.
As part of the recovery process, you will have to wear a compression garment for about 1-2 weeks. However, you can expect to see improvements in your appearance within four months after undergoing this procedure.
In conclusion, a facelift will make your skin look smoother, and it will remove the signs of ageing from your face. In addition to this, it can increase your self-confidence and improve your overall health. It is best to undergo a facelift while you are young to get the best results.