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Facelift Surgery: Common Types

Facelift surgery, which is known by the medical term rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure that reduces and/or removes the signs of aging in the face. Following a facelift, the wrinkles and sagging skin on ones face are naturally smoothed, and for some, the surgery can help reduce anxiety about aging and increase self-confidence.

If you’re considering facelift surgery, you’re bound to have many questions about the procedure. And in your research, you’ve likely come across a number of different types of facelift procedures like SMAS facelifts and deep-plane facelifts. So which type of facelift is right for you? That’s a decision that you and your surgeon will make. But to help you learn more about the different types of facelift procedures, here’s a look at three common types and the benefits they offer patients:

SMAS Facelift

The SMAS facelift is often called a traditional or standard lift, and SMAS is somewhat of an all-encompassing term. In fact, it refers to any facelift technique that tightens the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) layer beneath the skin. The SMAS procedure is used to correct moderate to significant sagging, by lifting the skin and then tightening and lifting the jowls, neck and cheeks. It’s particularly useful for tightening skin around the lower face.

Deep-Plane Facelift

The deep-plane facelift is similar to standard SMAS facelifts, but the procedure includes several modifications. The key difference is that deep-plane facelifts includes correction of midface dropping around the eyes and cheeks, as well as correction of deep smiles lines beneath the nose. Whereas SMAS corrects the jowls, neck and cheeks, deep-plane facelift corrects those areas and offers a solutions for sagging around the eyes and midface. This technique is one of the most advanced, and it’s widely becoming the most common type of surgery that is offered.

Thread Lift

Threaded lifts offer patients a non-surgical solution for correcting moderate to light facial sagging. With a thread lift, a series of very fine surgical sutures – which are tiny, medical-grade stitches – are inserted into the soft tissue of the face. These threads help to lift and support sagging skin around the face. Although the results are as significant as a full facelift, thread lifts do provide a subtle rejuvenated look. One advantage is that the threads can be used to address specific areas of sagging on the face, offering a solution for specific problem areas.

As you begin to consider facelift procedures, the type of surgery isn’t necessarily as important as the plan for your surgery. You and your surgeon should discuss and carefully consider the procedure that will deliver the results you’re hoping to achieve.

Dr. Michael Zacharia is a highly trained Sydney-based facial plastic surgeon, specialising in facial plastic surgery. If you’d like to learn more about facelift options, contact Dr. Zacharia today. Call (02) 9192 1600.