WHICH FACELIFT LASTS THE LONGEST?
Facelift surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure that has been performed for over a hundred years and has evolved into several different types. Each type of facelift surgery comes with its own pros and cons, as well as different areas of focus. While most patients will be eligible for various types of facelifts, it is important that they refer to a highly experienced, board-certified surgeon like Dr. Victoria Givens, to determine which type is right for them. Patients often ask the question, "Which type of facelift lasts the longest?"
What are the Different Types of Facelifts?
Otherwise known as a rhytidectomy, a traditional facelift is a cosmetic procedure that can reduce signs of aging that develop in the face and neck. During the treatment, incisions are made in the skin around the ears and hairline while the underlying musculature is lifted and tightened. Excess tissue is removed from the face and neck, and then the remaining skin is redraped and sutured in place.
Patients walk away with a smoother, more youthful-looking aesthetic. Traditional facelifts can address multiple signs of aging, including sagging skin, wrinkles, and jowls.
A mini facelift, also known as a mini-lift, is similar to a traditional facelift, only less invasive. While a traditional facelift can treat lower face and neck, a mini facelift is specifically designed to address areas such as the jowls, cheeks, and neck. It is most often recommended for younger patients who are dealing with early signs of aging that are more mild.
The procedure is similar to a traditional facelift. The surgeon will make small incisions around the ears and hairline before lifting and tightening the underlying facial muscles and tissues. Excess skin is removed before the remaining facial skin is draped over the treatment area.
Patients walk away with a youthful and refreshed appearance and less scarring compared to a traditional facelift. There is also a much shorter recovery period. However, it is important for patients to keep in mind that a mini facelift may not provide as dramatic of a result as a traditional facelift and may need to be repeated to maintain the desired look.
Deep plane facelift
A deep plane facelift is another version of a facelift that focuses on the deeper layers of the face, including the muscles and tissues that are involved in facial movements and expressions.
Unlike a traditional facelift, which focuses on the superficial layers of the skin, a deep plane facelift works by making incisions near the hairline and around the ears, then lifting and repositioning the underlying facial muscles and tissues. This technique allows for a more natural-looking result, as it addresses the underlying causes of facial aging rather than simply tightening the skin.
The recovery time for a deep plane facelift is typically longer than that of a traditional facelift, and the procedure may be more invasive. However, for patients who are looking for a more comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation, a deep plane facelift may be a good option.
Which Type of Facelift Elicits the Longest-Lasting Results?
Generally speaking, facelift surgery provides similar longevity results regardless of the type of procedure employed. That said, the duration of results can be different for every patient. Typically, a deep plane facelift is considered to be the longest-lasting option, as the results can last anywhere from ten to fifteen years.
The deep plane facelift is naturally a more comprehensive treatment as it addresses both the skin and underlying muscle. The techniques used are designed to minimize tissue trauma and optimize the youthful sections of facial tissue to achieve a more natural-looking outcome. As with all of these procedures, a deep plane facelift at Givens Facial Plastic Surgery will require a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Victoria Givens beforehand. Contact us today to learn more and find which facelift approach is best for you.