The Types of Facelifts and Their Effects on Aging

The Types of Facelifts and Their Effects on Aging


If you’re concerned that your face doesn’t reflect the age you feel, you’re probably noticing the effects of aging. According to the top doctors across the country, there are five specific characteristics that define an aging face: loss of muscle tone and skin elasticity, jowls and deep creases around the nose and mouth, profound wrinkles, a tired appearance, and an under defined chin and sagging neck. Though you may not be experiencing all of these characteristics, just one or two of them can dramatically affect your appearance.

If you are considering a cosmetic change, all of these characteristics can be treated with a facial enhancement procedure. A facelift will tighten the skin from the eyes to the neck, and lift it to a position that will make you look and feel younger.

There are several types of facelifts to consider, depending on your concerns and your desired outcome. We have provided you with a list of options that could be the right treatment for you!

Standard Facelift

A standard, or full, facelift is a typical treatment option if all five characteristics of an aging face are present. In a standard facelift, the skin is tightened and repositioned to the upper and back portion of the face to remove excess skin, and the incisions are hidden in the contour of the ear, earlobe and hairline. It is the most aggressive of all the facelift procedures, and will require additional surgeries and recovery time.

Mini Facelift

If your primary concerns are loss of skin elasticity and a tired appearance, a mini-facelift can lift and tighten the skin with less recovery time and smaller incisions. A mini-facelift has limited or no work on the neck and is best suited for a younger patient.

Short Scar Facelift

A short scar facelift, or an Extended Minimal Access Cranial Suspension Lift (Extended MACS), is a less invasive version of a mini facelift. It lifts the skin vertically and leaves fewer scars. This procedure is typically recommended for those with mild or moderate skin laxity and jowling.

While all three procedures can treat and minimize the affects of aging, it’s important that you review all of your options with your surgeon before agreeing to a procedure.

Look and feel your best with the Miami Center for Plastic Surgery! Dr. Salloum helps his patients by creating a natural look for them, so they can achieve their aesthetic goals. Call us today to schedule your free consultation!