There are many different kinds of facelifts. Depending on what your aesthetic goals are, your surgeon will recommend the best facelift for your case. Each kind of facelift will have benefits and drawbacks that you will need to consider before going through with the surgery. Generally speaking though, facelifts are performed in order to combat the signs of ageing in the face and neck. As such facelifts are recommended to correct the following:
- Loss of skin tone in the lower face
- Sagging in the middle of the face
- Deep wrinkles below the eyes
- Deep wrinkles from the nose to the corner of the mouth
How Successful are Facelifts?
Regardless what type of facelift you get, they are a great way to make you appear younger. However, the procedure will not change the fundamental appearance of your face or stop the natural ageing process. The signs of ageing on your face will occur as a result of stress, heredity, poor lifestyle, gravity, as well as environmental factors, and no amount of surgery will be able to stop this. Depending on your aesthetic goals, your facelift can be performed in conjunction with other facial procedures. Whatever your aesthetic goals though, make sure that you have weighed up the benefits and drawbacks of each procedure before going through with it.
Why are the Different Facelifts performed?
There are five predominant types of facelifts. The first of the five is a skin only facelift. This type of facelift is great for someone looking for a semi-permanent facelift as it only lasts for around six months. Next is a mini-facelift, which is the least invasive option that is recommended for those experiencing premature ageing. This option is used as a temporary solution to the initial signs of ageing.
The third type of facelift is a mid-facelift. A mid-facelift, as the name suggests, targets the area between the cheeks. This facelift is well liked because it leaves minimal scarring and necessitates very little recovery time. The next type of facelift is what is referred to as a SMAS facelift. This is a more invasive option for those looking for more dramatic results. A SMAS facelift targets the superficial muscular system in order to combat all the visible signs of ageing on the face. More invasive still is the final type of facelift, the deep plane facelift. With the deep plane facelift, issues with a loss in muscle tone and fatty deposits in the face are dealt with.
What are the Drawbacks of Facelifts?
Each of the facelifts will have drawbacks peculiar to them, like where the scarring is placed for example. However some of the more general, rarely occurring, risks of having a facelift include the following:
- Persistent pain
- Excessive bleeding
- Risks associated with anaesthesia
- Fluid accumulation
- Changes in skin sensation, like numbness
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Facial nerve injury
- Skin loss, discolouration, or irregularities
- Poor wound healing
- Temporary or permanent hair loss at the incisions
- Cardiac or pulmonary complications
Most of these risks are a natural part of any surgery, and as such occur infrequently. The final possible drawback of a facelift is that the results may be unsatisfactory. For example, the face may be asymmetrical after surgery, or there might be an issue with the scarring. In such cases, revisional surgery may be required to improve the original surgery.