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What Are The Different Facelift Techniques?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


Because every person’s face is distinctly unique, it only makes sense for facelift surgery to be tailored to each patient as an individual. Still, there are several fundamental types of facelifts that serve as the starting point for a completely customized procedure.

At VIP Plastic Surgery, top Las Vegas, NV board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi is highly experienced in a comprehensive range of facelift techniques and is proud to help men and women of all ages love their look once again with facelift surgery.

Use the valuable information below to better understand how each type of facelift works and which one may be the most fitting option for you.

Am I ready for a facelift?

While there is technically no right or wrong age for facelift surgery, there are certain signs and symptoms that may mean you could benefit from facial rejuvenation surgery.

These include:

  • Facial lines and wrinkles
  • Skin laxity facial folds
  • Loss of facial volume/sunken appearance
  • Drooping cheeks
  • Sagging jowls
  • Hanging neck skin
  • Tired, angry, or worn-out appearance

It is also important to understand that even mild signs of facial aging can be addressed with cosmetic surgery. In fact, patients who undergo a facelift at an earlier age often enjoy even more natural-looking and longer-lasting results.

Which kind of facelift do I need?

There are many factors to consider when determining which type of facelift is right for you, including your specific areas of concern, the degree of your facial aging, your remaining skin elasticity, and others. During your initial consultation for Las Vegas facelift surgery, Dr. Khorsandi will evaluate each of these factors, discuss your ideal outcome, and explain all of your options at length.

The most commonly used facelift techniques today include:

Traditional facelift: Reserved primarily for patients over 50 with moderate to severe signs of aging, the traditional facelift is typically performed using an endoscopic approach and can make dramatic – yet natural-looking – enhancements to the patient’s appearance.

SMAS facelift: Another technique reserved for patients with advanced facial aging is the SMAS facelift, which involves an open incision running along the hairline from the temple down to the area behind the ears.

Mid-facelift: Patients with sagging skin and lost volume primarily in the cheeks can benefit from a mid-facelift, which can often be performed endoscopically to cut down on scarring and recovery time.

Short scar facelift: For moderate signs of aging, including sagging skin and deep lines, a short scar facelift may be useful. This technique is performed using an open incision along the hairline, though it is shorter than the incision associated with the SMAS facelift.

Can I get a facelift without surgery?

Patients who may not feel ready for a facelift, as well as those men and women who simply prefer not to go under the knife, can still achieve a more youthful look with one of the many nonsurgical and minimally invasive facial rejuvenation options available today, including:

Liquid facelift: a combination of injectable dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxers, chemical peels, and other skin treatments that restore a more youthful look without surgery

Thread lift: a minimally invasive treatment that involves inserting fine threads beneath the skin to lift certain features, stimulate collagen production, and create a smoother and more lifted look overall

Whether you are hoping to turn back the clock by ten years or simply want to make subtle improvements to your aging facial features, we can help.

Find the perfect facelift for you in Las Vegas, NV

If you are starting to look older than you are – or older than you want to look – but feel like you’re not quite ready for a full facelift, you still have options. To learn more about the versatile range of facelift techniques available at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV, call to schedule your one-on-one consultation with internationally recognized board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.