With all the television and magazine coverage of celebrities getting work done, plastic surgery is more popular than ever. However, it’s hard to know the differences between procedures and how they are done. Even “face lift” is a blanket term that encompasses a range of different techniques designed to meet individual needs.
Whether you are considering having a procedure or simply curious about the process, this will provide an overview of the face lift and some of its variations. Since surgery carries risks, is very expensive, and may not produce natural-looking results, Dr. Perricone strongly recommends you try a nonsurgical method of correcting skin issues before committing to any procedures.
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A basic outline of what the surgeon does during a face lift:
- An incision is made above the hair line that runs in front of and behind the ear. Another, smaller incision is made under the chin. The main incision is placed behind the hairline so that the incision line and any scarring that occurs will be hidden by the hair as much as possible. Surgeons often choose incision sites where there are natural folds in the skin so that the scar is less visible after the site heals.
- The skin is separated from the tissue that lies below it.
- Fat is removed, either by liposuction or trimming.
- Tissue and muscle are repositioned to improve facial contours with the goal of making the face appear younger. The surgeon folds a tissue called the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) over itself, which is what makes the cheeks, jawline, and neck appear firmer and tighter.
- The skin is pulled upward.
- Excess skin is trimmed.
- The incision is closed with stitches, staples, or surgical glue.
There are several different techniques that a surgeon can employ when performing a face lift. The best option depends on the patient’s skin type, specific concern, and goals for the surgery. Here are a few of these techniques:
Standard face lift: The procedure outlined above was a standard lift.
Lower or mid face lift: A small incision is made above the ear behind the hairline and another one is made inside the mouth. The surgeon pulls the fat pads of the cheeks up above the cheekbones, which creates a tightening effect on sagging cheekbones. The surgeon uses an endoscope, a small camera inserted into the incision, to view the surgery.
Mini-lift, aka the “weekend” face lift: This procedure is less invasive because the incision is smaller; this reduces recovery time, which is why it’s nicknamed the “weekend” face lift. The procedure can be done on a Friday and the patient can return to work on Monday. However, the drawback is that the results are less drastic than a traditional face lift. This type of face lift is appropriate for someone who wants to reduce the appearance of jowls and tighten the skin on the neck.
Instead of a large incision like with the standard face lift, the surgeon makes an S-shaped cut around the sideburn area and the front of the ear, ending right in front of the hair line. Then the connective tissue beneath the skin is tightened, excess skin is cut off, and the wound is closed.
Thread facelift: This is even less invasive than the other procedures and is best for patients who only have minor sagging. The surgeon inserts thin threads into small incisions in the targeted area of the skin. The threads are pulled upward and can be adjusted according the the patient’s desires since he or she can be fully awake for the procedure. The skin stays in place when the surgeon knots the threads.
Eye and brow lifts: These target just those areas specifically. The eye lift removes fat around the eye to tighten the eyelids, while the brow lift raises eyebrows and reduces wrinkles on the forehead.
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- Fine lines and wrinkles
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Dr. Perricone shares his views on plastic surgery in this video: