A facelift can restore your confidence and help you to feel like yourself again. There are multiple options that you can choose from, ranging from injectables to more intensive surgical procedures. By looking at the different options, it will be easier to compare them and determine which one can help you to reach your cosmetic goals.
This type of facelift uses injectable dermal fillers to improve the signs of aging affecting your face. The injectables used are generally made from hyaluronic acid, hydroxyapatite or lactic acid calcium. Your surgeon can use this type of facelift to smooth folds and creases, fill out areas that have become hollow, and to plump your lips. You can use this type of procedure to delay the need to have a traditional facelift. Common fillers that surgeons use include Voluma, Juvederm, and Sculptra. Common target areas include:
• Below your eyes
• Your cheeks
• The jowls
• Around scars
• Near your eyebrows
• The temples
• Folds between your mouth and nose
Signs of aging affecting the neck and jowls can be improved with this procedure. Your surgeon will separate the underlying muscles from your skin using an incision that is shaped like an S. This makes it possible to tighten the skin and the muscles. Compared to a traditional facelift, your recovery time is shorter, and the procedure is less invasive.
This procedure is comparable to a traditional facelift, but it is less invasive since the incisions are smaller. Your surgeon will make some incisions in your hairline and remove any excess skin. Once this is done, they will pull your skin toward your hairline and suture the incisions. This allows them to make your neck and jowls tighter and more youthful. Many surgeons call this a weekend facelift because you can have the surgery on a Friday and get back to your usual routine on Monday. If your signs of aging are mild and you are not ready for a traditional facelift, you might consider a mini facelift.
This procedure works on the area between your upper neck and your jaw. Your surgeon will use liposuction to remove excess fat. They will then sculpt your jawline. As part of the procedure, your surgeon can harvest the fat that they obtain via liposuction to add more volume to your mid-face area or your cheeks if you desire. Since this procedure does not remove any skin, it is best if your skin laxity is minimal.
This type of lift focuses on your lower face and neck. Your surgeon will make some incisions in your hairline and around your ears so that the underlying muscle and your skin can be separated. Any excess skin is removed and what remains is stretched to the incisions and then sutured. While often considered less durable compared to other procedures for a facelift, it is also less invasive, so it is ideal if you do not want to commit to a bigger surgery.
This lift focuses on your cheek area. Your surgeon will make incisions above your ears at your hairline. They can also make some incisions inside your mouth for this facelift. These make it possible for your surgeon to take the fat pads in your cheeks and put them over your cheekbones. He will also tighten the skin so that you have a tauter appearance.
This is a type of modified S-Lift. The results are more dramatic compared to an S-Lift, but the procedure is also more invasive. If you are not ready for a traditional facelift in NYC, but your facial aging is mild to moderate and you want more noticeable results than an S-Lift, this procedure is one to discuss with your surgeon.
Temporal Facelift or Brow Lift
This facelift is focused on the eyebrow area. If your eyebrows are slightly lowered or drooping, this procedure can help to improve their appearance without the need for a brow lift surgery. The surgeon will make a few incisions at your hairline and pull the skin at the sides of the brows to lift them. Compared to a traditional brow lift, this option has a shorter recovery period, and it is less invasive.
If you are experiencing more moderate facial aging, this type of facelift could be the best option. Your surgeon will create incisions under your chin and around your hairline and ears so that they are not easily visible. The underlying muscles and skin are separated so that the neck and facial muscles can be tightened. Any excess jowl and neck fat are removed, as well as any excess skin. This allows the surgeon to contour your face and neck and make them tauter and more youthful. When your surgeon is performing a traditional facelift, they can also usually incorporate other procedures if necessary, such as:
• Eyelid lift
• Chin implants
• Fat transfers
How to Choose the Right Facelift Procedure
Now that you know about the different procedures that are available, you can examine your neck and face and see which types of improvements that you might want to make. This will make it easier to narrow down your options. From here, you want to make a consultation appointment with a qualified cosmetic surgeon.
At your consultation, the surgeon will examine your neck and face and discuss your concerns and goals with you. They will let you know which facelift procedures can help you to meet your cosmetic goals. Just make sure that you have realistic expectations because this will make the process go a lot smoother.
The next step is ensuring that you choose the right surgeon. Ensure that they are board-certified and that they have experience with the type of facelift that you are seeking. This will help to make sure that you achieve the results that you desire.
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