Great advancement in plastic surgery procedures enables you to choose from a number of various facelifts. You can significantly base your choice of facelift on preference of recovery and downtime, aesthetical goals, risks involved and facial anatomy as well.
However, facelift surgeries vary as per the type of incision, area of the face that is targeted, the number of tissue layers treated, and the extent of invasiveness.
Facelift surgery began by cutting the skin on face and pulling it back, although it wasn’t reliable and did not offer best aesthetic results. In this case the skin always fell as it had no scaffolding for supporting the new position. With the passage of time, surgeons sharpened their crafting deeper into the facial tissues to give birth to modern day facelift procedure.
Some of the major facelift types include:
Deep Facelift Procedure
The gold standard procedure from facelift type is Deep plane lift. It involves lifting, releasing and repositioning of superficial musculoaponeurotic system. Precisely, the SMAS layer is located underneath the skin, surrounding the muscles of facial expression. Deep Plane facelift offers longer lasting results and a few revisions.
In this facelift procedure, the incision is made from the hair bearing temple and extended downward towards natural creases. The crease proceeds inside the ear and along the ear lobe. During the Deep Facelift procedure in Atlanta, surgeons at Crispin Plastic Surgery separate the skin from SMAS layer, enter the deep plane to release attachment and reposition SMAS layer for a more natural, youthful, and tension free position.
Deep facelift procedure is for people with a greater extent of laxity and sagging of the skin – it lasts longer. The mid face area shows more dramatic results, including: nasolabial folds, cheeks, chin and jaw line. Results of deep facelift last for 10 to 15 years minimum. The cost is general should be between $12,000 and $15,000.
SMAS Facelift Procedure
With age the deeper tissues of the face tend to grow lax and saggy and this is when SMAS lift comes into action. It affects the deeper tissues of the face and neck and the superficial top layer of the skin. For SMAS facial plastic surgeon creates an incision at the temple above the hairline. The incision is then extended downward, following skin’s natural crease at the crease of the ear or in front and below or behind the ear lobe.
SMAS is for individuals who seek tightness of the skin after mild laxity, mid face sagging and some jowls. SMAS lift differs from deep facelift surgery; it doesn’t involve releasing the attachment from underneath. Length of surgery time, incision, recovery time and the overall result of SMAS varies significantly according to the various lift techniques. The general cost of SMAS facelift is from $5,000 to $12,000.
Short Scar Facelift Procedure
This type of facelift is generally to support jowls and smile lines and to tighten the skin moderately. Short scar is an umbrella term used for the facelifts that abbreviate scars. A general S-shaped incision in front of the ear or at the temple is the most common one. The short scar facelift does not extend behind the ear, unlike other type of facelift surgeries.
Short Scar facelift surgery is the best choice for people in their 40s or 50s with a moderate amount of excess skin. This procedure can also be used for times when shorter scars are a priority for being catered or in cases when there are hardly any visible sign of aging on the neck. It can cost anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000.
Endoscopic Facelift Procedure
In this procedure, plastic surgeon of Crispin Plastic Surgery use a pencil shaped probe with a camera attached to its end and send video images of internal face structure on the TV in the operating room. The incisions made in this case are an inch long and three in numbers, through which the endoscopic camera is inserted.
This procedure is generally done on outpatients who use intravenous and local anesthesia. Such incision is best for reducing the nerve damaging risk. The truth about this procedure is that, it works great for saggy cheeks only. Such facelifts have no value now as the results they give are no where comparable to other surgeries. The cost for this procedure is anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000.
Stem Cell Facelift Procedure
Generally, stem cell facelift is not even a facelift. While facelift surgeries require lifting the skin and connecting the tissues for treating facial sagging, stem cell facelift procedure involves fact injections to the face for adding more volume. It’s a two step process: the first step involves harvesting the fat cells along with the stem cells with the help of liposuction from areas where there is plenty. The fat cells are then processed
The fat cells are then injected into face for contouring and filling in the cheeks, in temples, under-eye hollows, lips and other facial areas. The procedure however has not been approved for a greater benefit over regular fat augmentation process. The cost can range from $5,500 to $15,000.