There are so many different kinds of facelift and facial procedures that it’s not uncommon for patients to become overwhelmed. They just want to know: what kind of facelift do I need? What kind of facelift is going to be the best?
What Kind of Facelift Do I Need to Look More Youthful Again?
Unfortunately, one of the reasons that so many different types of facelift and facial procedures exist in the first place is that people want options. Everyone has a unique face, and they tend to show different signs of aging. In other words, Joe won’t show the same signs of aging that Mary does.
Which means Joe and Mary will benefit from different types of facelift procedures. So there’s not one kind of facelift procedure that is best for everyone. A patient’s task, then (and he or she is almost always assisted in this by cosmetic or plastic surgeons) is to find the best possible facelift for them. It’s not about what’s best for everyone, it’s about what’s best for you and for your face. If you’re asking, what kind of facelift do I need, the answer is going to depend most significantly on your treatments needs and desired final outcome. Let’s take a look at what that might mean.
Types of Facelifts
It might be useful, first to take a quick look at the types of facelifts available on the market today. To be totally transparent, we are using the term “facelift” quite liberally. That is, not all of these procedures are technically facelifts. (The term facelift itself refers to a very specific type of procedure). But all of these procedures are intended to make the face appear more youthful. So that’s what we mean by “different types of facelifts.”
More accurately, these are known as facial procedures. Some of the most popular will include:
- A full facelift: During a full facelift, longer incisions will be made along the top of the brow and, possibly, along the temples and hairline. There may even be an incision along the chin line. A full facelift is reserved for patients who have widespread wrinkles and lines, as well as a significant amount of excess skin (which also happens to be quite widespread).
- Mini-facelift: There are less invasive facelift options which usually involve only small incisions along the temples (and sometimes up by the ear). Most patients opt for this “mini-facelift” option, though there’s really nothing mini about it. Results can still be quite potent, and that’s especially true for patients who have localized or limited amounts of lines, wrinkles, and excess skin.
- Brow lift: When the signs of aging are localized to your brow, sometimes the aptly named brow lift is the right way to go. A brow lift is intended to eliminate lines and wrinkles from the brow area. This procedure is popular among patients because the brow often shows signs of aging on the face first, due to its placement, shape, and how emotive it can be.
- Blepharoplasty: The eyes can likewise be a locus of lines and wrinkles. As such, the eyes can often display signs of aging well before they show up elsewhere. Those signs of aging can also be significantly more severe around the eyes. That’s why blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the country. Eyelid lifts are minimally invasive, and recovery time is usually only a couple of days.
- Neck Lift: Wrinkles and lines don’t always limit themselves to your face, of course. That’s why a neck lift is a common accompaniment to facial plastic surgery procedures. A smooth, youthful face next to a wrinkled neck can create confusion. A neck lift is sure to complete the overall youthful look.
How Do I Choose Between Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures?
Knowing all of these procedures and being able to choose between them are two totally different things. Selecting your facial plastic surgery will require that you have a clear idea of what you want your final results to look like. In other words, the more clear your picture of what you’re treating is, the better your overall results will be.
Sometimes this is as simple as knowing where your lines and wrinkles tend to congregate. That’s no harder than looking in the mirror, usually. But identifying where you might have some excess skin could take an expert’s vision and experience. That’s why final decisions about “what kind of facelift do I need” are often made only in consultation with a plastic surgeon.