What Are The Types Of Facelift Surgery?

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Face Lift

A facelift or rhytidectomy is a popular facial cosmetic surgery procedure that can help patients turn back the hands of time by restoring a more youthful appearance to the face and neck. While the overall goal of most facelift patients is similar, a rhytidectomy is by no means a one-size-fits-all procedure. Instead, there are many different techniques used for facelift surgery; the unique needs of each individual patient as well as their facial anatomy and specific aesthetic goals should be taken into consideration to determine the most suitable technique. Dr. Craft is proud to offer the following types of facelift surgery in Miami.

The Deep Plane Lift

The deep plane/SMAS lift is a technique which lifts and repositions the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) layer, which is situated beneath the skin and surrounds the muscles responsible for facial expressions such as smiling and frowning. Inconspicuous incisions are made along the hairline, enabling facial muscles and upper layers of fatty tissue to be lifted restoring a more youthful facial shape. The incisions then extend downward, following the face’s natural crease, continuing inside the ear, along the ear lobe and ending behind the ear where they are hidden out of sight.

The plastic surgeon then separates the skin from the SMAS layer and goes beneath this layer to release attachments from the skin, which effectively separates them and allows the surgeon to reposition both the SMAS layer and the skin in a more desirable position, creating a more youthful and natural appearance. Once the SMAS is repositioned, any excess or loose skin can be removed and the edges are carefully sutured close. Studies indicate that the deep plane technique delivers dramatic, longer lasting results and necessitates fewer revisions than other facelift surgeries. It is the preferable method for patients with considerable skin laxity or facial sagging.

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Skin Only Face Lift

This is the more simple facelift procedure, best for early facelifts where slight facial laxity exists but volume and shape of the face is still aesthetically pleasing.

Each of the aforementioned procedures can be completely customized to suit your individual needs. If desired, an additional incision can be made under the chin in order to perform platysmaplasty, addressing sagging bands which develop with age, or your facelift can be combined with a brow lift or blepharoplasty to reduce wrinkles and fine lines in the forehead and around the eyes. Each face lift can be unique as the patient and should be custom-tailored in order to achieve your optimal result.

If you are considering facelift surgery in Miami, the best way to determine the most suitable technique for you is to discuss your goals with a knowledgeable and experienced plastic surgeon. Contact our office today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Craft, a leading facial plastic surgeon in Miami.

Recovery Process

Immediately after surgery, the face is fitted with bandages in order to decrease the recovery time and to reduce swelling. Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing and recovery process. The stitches are normally removed within a week. Patients sometimes report some minor tight discomfort associated with surgery. Any discomfort can be treated effectively with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions given after the procedure.

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The Body By Craft enhancement team is available to answer your questions and concerns about the procedure and if it is the right for your personal cosmetic goals.

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