Which Facelift is Right for Me?
There’s a lot more nuance to the idea of a facelift than one might realize.
Facelift surgery can range from a slight “refresh” to hitting the reset button on aging. Picking the best facelift depends on the patient as well as the desired result. We’ll provide a quick list here to guide you through the different kinds of facelift surgery available.
The Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS for short) is a tissue layer deep below the skin, serving as a kind of support structure for your face.
If you can manipulate this structure, you can manage the entire appearance of the face! As people age, the SMAS starts to lose its elasticity, which can cause sagging around the cheek, jowls and even create a double chin. SMAS facelift surgery tightens the muscle, removes fat, and trims down on excess or loose skin, fixing sagging skin and jowls.
SMAS is an appropriate choice for any healthy individual over the age of 50 who wants to combat the sagging brought on by aging and achieve the effects of a full facelift. While the sagging process will continue with age, a SMAS facelift can help “rewind” this process.
Deep Plane Facelift
The Deep Plane facelift targets areas even deeper than the SMAS, hence the name. By working on an even deeper level than the SMAS, the Deep Plane facelift can give longer-lasting results.
The above allows the surgeon to make significant changes, such as resculpting the entire jawline to be more youthful-looking. In general, Deep Plane facelifts have longer-lasting effects than SMAS facelift surgery.
However, this does mean that Deep Plane facelifts are more extensive and often more expensive as well. If you want long-lasting results, they can be one of your best options.
A “mini facelift” is a less invasive version of the traditional facelift. It involves only very minor incisions made back by the ear. By working in this area, the surgeon can target wrinkles, folds, and sagging in the lower portion of the face.
Mini Facelift Cost
A mini facelift is best used for minor facial adjustments, particularly in the jowl area. If you need some minor sagging or wrinkles taken care of, this is the best option. The mini facelift is less appropriate for profound lines or extreme sagging. This means that, unlike the previous options, the best candidate for a mini facelift is most suitable for younger clients and can also be more affordable than, say, a SMAS or Deep Plane facelift.
Liquid facelifts or “botox facelifts,” as they are better known, differ by using injections instead of incisions. These injections can be dermal fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane® or muscle relaxants like Botox and Dysport®. This cosmetic procedure does not provide a complete facelift’s anti-ageing effects but is a great non-surgical option. Unlike cosmetic surgery, you can return to work or your Zoom calls with little to no downtime.
Dermal fillers add volume to the face to smooth out wrinkles, while the muscle relaxants remove stress on facial muscles, reducing furrows, crow’s feet, and frown lines. These options are the quickest and least invasive facelift options but are also the most temporary.
Most muscle relaxants only last for a few months, while dermal fillers can last for a couple of years. If you are only looking for a temporary touch-up, these might be the option for you.
Recovery and Pricing
Recovery time for a facelift depends on the procedure.
For liquid lifts, there is usually a short recovery period. For any facelift that involves an incision, the process may take a bit longer.
Typically there is a one-day period where the patient needs to wear head dressings with suction drains under the skin. After the surgeon removes these, there usually are four or so days of bruising and swelling. Make sure to keep your head elevated when you sit and sleep to manage this part of recovery!
Pain-relieving medicine is also a good idea at this point.
After this period, there will be a few weeks of swelling that will eventually dissipate – during this period, it’s best to avoid strenuous physical activity.
Lastly, there can be some lasting “numbness” that will rarely last more than a few months.
From Mini Facelift Procedures to Neck Lift Surgery. Trust Dr. Rival
Dr. Richard Rival is a board-certified Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon. Whether it’s excess skin, a SMAS facelift, or a brow lift, trust a facial plastic surgeon with years of experience to provide lasting, beautiful results.
For an example of the pricing of facelifts, feel free to check out our price listing here.
If you have any questions about the price of a face or neck lift in Toronto, or any other questions related to plastic surgeries, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always happy to help!