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The Different Types of Facelift Surgery You Should Know About

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What is a Facelift?

A Facelift, clinically known as Rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgery designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. The goal is improving the overall appearance of the face and jaw line.

Your surgeon will lift and tighten the underlying muscles to create more pleasing contours and rejuvenate the facial structure. Excess pockets of skin and fat are removed.

Depending on your goals, you may be able to achieve them with a non-invasive procedure, such as a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. Or alternatively, you may be happier with your results if you combine surgical and nonsurgical procedures

Dr. Mulholland, Facial Plastic Surgeon in Canada, suggests the best candidates for a Facelift have realistic expectations and most importantly are willing to follow all pre- and post-procedure guidelines and instructions. In addition to that, the ideal candidate for a Facelift shares certain traits:

  • Skin elasticity
  • Strong bone structure
  • Good overall health
  • Loose skin on the face or neck

Although age is commonly thought of as an important factor to determine your eligibility for a Facelift, it is actually not a big deal, in and of itself. Skin elasticity and your overall health impact the outcome more than anything.

Types of Facelifts

There are several types and techniques designed to target certain areas of the face and to minimize pain and downtime.

Full or Tradition Facelift

This Facelift delivers the most comprehensive results. Your surgeon corrects deep creases below the eyes, sagging cheeks, lines around the mouth, excess fat and skin under the chin and jowls, and more. Full Facelifts address more dramatic signs of aging and tend to be popular with people aged 60+.

Mid Facelift

This procedure is most popular with men and women in their 30’s and 40’s who are looking for a preventative refresher. Your surgeon lifts and tightens below the eyes and around the cheeks..

Mini Facelift

A Mini facelifts involves smaller incisions and a shorter recovery time, making it often referred to as a “weekend facelift.” This surgery targets a smaller area; treating the jaw, lower cheeks, and neck. This procedure is also popular among 30-49 year olds.

Lower Facelift

This procedure targets the bottom third of the face. It is an effective way to eliminate jowls, reduce folds, lift sagging corners of the mouth and enhance the jaw line.

Thread Facelift

Thread facelifts are a quick, minimally invasive alternative to the traditional surgical facelifts. Your plastic surgeon in Birmingham creates tiny stitches just below the skin to lift the underlying muscles.

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