Many people start to see deep cheek folds and jowls in their 40s and 50s. At this time, you may be wondering what your options are to achieve a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. What’s great is that there are various types of facelift surgery depending on the location and extent of skin laxity. Read on to learn more about the different types of facelift surgery and which one may be right for your concerns.
The Mini-Face Lift
If neck skin laxity isn’t a major concern, then a mini-face lift may just what you need. A mini-face lift consists of making limited incisions in front of and partially within the ears. The surgeon elevates deep tissues and facial fat and smooths out cheek and jowl skin. This surgery is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia. Recovery is about 1-2 weeks, which makes it a great procedure for turning back the hands of time.
Face and Neck Lift
When you need more extensive correction of the face and neck, the deep tissue is lifted and the neck muscles tightened. Facial skin is repositioned, then excess skin is trimmed. Similar to the mini-face lift, full facelift surgery is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia. Recovery can take several weeks.
A face lift won’t address the aging of the eyes, brows or forehead. Additional procedures such as an eyelid lift, brow lift or laser skin resurfacing can enhance your surgical results from a facelift to give you the results you desire.
Candidates for facelift surgery
If you are in good overall health and a nonsmoker, then you are an ideal candidate for surgery. It’s also important to have a positive outlook and realistic expectations for the outcome of surgery.
Incisions will leave scars, but they are made to be undetectable once the incisions have healed. You will look like yourself but vastly rejuvenated. Patients typically appear 5-10 years younger, depending on the extent of surgery and any additional procedures performed.