Facelift - Facial Skin Tightening | Scottsdale, AZ
Facelift Surgical Technique
The techniques used during a facelift vary depending on the patient’s facial features, goals, conditions, and expectations. The level of invasiveness, placement of incisions, what layers of tissues will be corrected, and what risks may be associated with the surgery are something Dr. Mata will discuss with you before moving forward with the surgery to determine what technique is best for you. These are the different facelift surgical techniques:
- DEEP PLANE FACELIFT
The deep place facelift is the surgical technique Dr. Scottsdale® recommends most to his patients. The results from a deep plane facelift are far better than other traditional techniques. It addresses drooping, skin laxity, and skin folds by reshaping the entire face adding volume & creating tighter contours. The technique consists of placing special tension (sutures) on and underneath the SMAS muscle and facial muscle to lift and correct facial drooping. The SMAS muscle is partially dissected and tightened to allow a better correction and reshaping. The special suturing technique allows a tension-free skin closure giving the patient better scar results long-term. A neck lift is always included with the procedure when performed by Dr. Scottsdale®.
- TRADITIONAL FACELIFT - SMAS TIGHTENING
This surgical facelift procedure’s main goal is to address sagging skin and loss of volume in the cheeks. The surgery consists in partially correcting and tightening the SMAS muscle. The SMAS supports the structure of the face and correcting it will give you a youthful appearance. The skin laxity will be also addressed during the procedure and removed. Dr. Scottsdale® always includes a neck lift with this technique to give the patient better results.
- SKIN ONLY FACELIFT
Also referred to as the cutaneous facelift, this technique removes excess and loose skin to create a tightened look. The remaining skin is repositioned to lift sagging cheeks and jowls. It also improves the profile along the jawline. With this facelift technique, the muscles or fat tissues are left untouched. This is ideal for those who have good tone muscle and distribution of fat, but find the skin losing elasticity in some areas. Dr. Scottsdale® performs this skin-only technique on a case-by-case basis. A prior assessment will be necessary to determine if you are a candidate.
- MINI FACELIFT
Also called a short-scar facelift because of the shorter incisions made, a mini lift is a quick treatment that corrects the middle and lower face. Many patients initially consider this technique, but this doesn’t correct any severe issues and usually renders short-term results. Patients who undergo this procedure are most likely to also stage a full facelift as a final step to fully rejuvenate and reshape the face to its youthful curves.
Facelift Common Add-ons:
- BLEPHAROPLASTY (EYELID SURGERY)
Upper, lower, or even both eyelids, the blepharoplasty surgeries enhance the appearance of your eyes by eliminating excess skin & fat and smoothing the eye area. It addresses skin’s thickness, elasticity, laxity, wrinkling, and other factors. Learn more
- BROW LIFT
This procedure focuses on trimming the excess skin and tightening the brows. It can help correct brow asymmetry and droopiness. The goal is to rejuvenate the facial appearance. Learn more
- NECK LIFT
Some of the facelift techniques above don’t include neck lift. This procedure reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the neck. The main goal is to target skin laxity on the neck. It’s most of the time recommended when doing a facelift. Learn more
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|Recover Time||7-14 days|
|Average Procedure Time||3 hr|
|Procedure Recovery Location||Out-patient|
Non - Invasive Techniques?
Cosmetic surgery is constantly evolving and always finding ways to minimize the invasiveness of procedures. There are countless options that are considered less invasive than a facelift, including wrinkle relaxers such as B flatten and soften folds and contours. The effects, while effective, are often short-term lasting about 6 months to a year. Although these procedures can be safely repeated, for some, a facelift may be a better, more permanent option.