3 Common Types of Facelifts

Which Surgical Facelift May Be Right For You?

Are you unhappy with what you’re seeing in the mirror lately?

If your face is starting to match your age and you’re not pleased about it, then maybe a facelift is an option for you.

Before you make that decision though, we’re going to discuss a few things about what a facelift can and can’t do for you, and talk about the 3 different types of facelifts.

By the end of this article, you’ll have the information that you need to begin comparing your options.

What is a Facelift?

Known clinically as a rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure that helps reduce the physical signs of aging on your face and neck. The incision that’s made depends upon which of 3 facelift procedures you choose.

Before we go even a sentence further, you need to know what a facelift will and won’t do for you.

A facelift WILL

  • Smooth out the deep wrinkles in your face
  • Give you a well-rested appearance
  • Get rid of loose, saggy skin
  • Make you look a few years younger
  • Make you look a little better for your age.

A facelift WON’T

  • Make you look 20 again
  • Completely erase wrinkles, lines or large pores
  • Restore the elasticity or thickness to your skin

3 Common Types of Facelifts

  1. Traditional Incision – If you opt for a traditional facelift, your incision will start at your temple and follow your hairline to the front of your ear, around your lobe, then ends at the scalp line on your neck. Fat may or may not be redistributed around your face, underlying tissues that have slipped will be repositioned, and often the muscles of your face are also lifted back into place.

  2. Limited Incision – With this procedure, the incisions at your temple are shorter, starting basically where your ear and sideburn meet. It continues down along your ear like the traditional incision but may or may not extend as far down your neck. They may also make incisions in your lower eyelid or underneath your upper lip.

  3. Neck Lift – If you just need to tighten up your jaw line and get rid of the fat under your chin, a neclift may be enough for you. The incision will star in front of your ear and continue down around and behind your ear and end at your lower scalp/hairline on your neck.

After the incision is made, the skin’s repositioned over your underlying tissues, excess skin is trimmed away, and you’re sewn back up.

All of these incisions should be practically invisible when they heal, so scarring really isn’t much of an issue when you’re considering which one is right for you.

Let’s look at each of them practically, though.

Functions of Each Type of Facelift

A traditional incision facelift is definitely going to be the way to go if you’re looking for extensive, drastic results. If you have extensive wrinkling and sagging and really need fat and tissues repositioned then chances are good that this is going to be the procedure that your doctor recommends.

Along with the longer incision at your hairline, you may also need an extra incision under your chin to further improve the appearance of your neck.

A limited incision facelift doesn’t allow for quite as much play with the wrinkles in your forehead but since you may also get incisions below your eye and lip, there’s a little more room to work on fine lines and other details that need smoothing. As with a traditional facelift, your neck gets a lift, too.

It may be that you only need a neck lift. This could be because you’ve taken exceptionally good care of your face and don’t really need a full facelift, or perhaps you’re just not ready for that yet but your neck is really bothering you. Whatever the reason, a neck lift only affects your neck and jaw area.

Complementary Procedures

Other procedures such as implants, neuromodulator or filler injections, or soft tissue augmentations may be used in conjunction with traditional techniques during your procedure in order to further enhance the effects of your facelift. Basically, how little or how much you have done is a decision best made by you and your doctor.

If you are opting for a facelift, make sure that you’re doing it for the right reason – YOU! Don’t do it in order to please somebody else or to meet someone else’s criteria of beauty. If you do it for those reasons, you’re not going to be happy with the results no matter how good you look afterwards!

Do it to make a beautiful you look a little younger – that’s the healthy way to approach any cosmetic procedure.

If you’ve had a facelift or are considering one, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments section below.

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