With the increasing demand for face lift surgery, new procedures have been developed over the years. These include the New Mini “V” lift, the MACS face lift, SMAS face lift, the extended SMAS face lift, and the deep plane face lift.
The New Mini “V” lift
This face-lift is done under local anaesthetic and combines some of the features of the other more major SMAS face-lifts to a lesser degree. It is ideal for patients who do not need or want a major face-lift and just want a gentle improvement. Patients love them and they can be repeated with relative ease.
MACS face lift
The MACS (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) face lift is often preferred because it is less invasive than other face lift surgeries and leaves a shorter scar. Through this face lift surgery, sagging tissues in the neck, cheeks, chin, or near the nose can be lifted, stretched, and held up with strong suspension sutures in the deeper tissues.
SMAS face lift
The SMAS (Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System) face lift is a deeper face lift that pulls the muscles and connective tissues in the neck and face, and repositions the fat and muscles back onto the cheekbones.
Extended SMAS face lift
The SMAS face lift is the most popular face lift in the United States. It is much like the SMAS face lift, except that it also focuses on correcting the middle of the face by extending further towards the nose.
Deep Plane face lift
The Deep plane face lift begins with an incision in the scalp for the brow lift. Incisions are also made in the lower eyelid and inside the mouth. This face lift is better suited for younger patients because it does not involve the neck. Unfortunately, it takes a while for the swelling to go down, so results of the face lift are not always noticeable for three to six months after surgery.
The risks associated with face lift surgery include haematoma, nerve injury, infection, poor healing, and scars. While these are rare, they are possibilities that must be considered before undergoing face lift/cosmetic surgery. Our Birmingham, and other offices are pristine environments, equipped with the latest technology to minimize any risk.
Contact The Beauty Gurus today if you are interested in face lift cosmetic surgery. We would be happy to provide you with information or to schedule a consultation.
What is a face lift?
A face lift is an operation performed to restore your face and neck to a natural, more youthful looking state. The procedure is best suited to treating the lower half of the face. It addresses the deepening folds running from the corner of your nose to your mouth (the nasolabial folds), sagging jowls, wrinkles and a sagging neck. If droopy eyebrows and forehead wrinkles are a problem, a brow lift may also be required. Similarly if the eyelids are a problem then a blepharoplasty is needed. These can be performed simultaneously, or at a later stage.
What does the surgery involve?
In general, incisions are made inside the hairline at the temple, extending down along the natural curve at the front of the ear, back behind the ear and horizontally back into the hairline. In a less extensive lift, a shorter incision can sometimes be made. If surgery is required around the jaw line and neck, a small incision under the chin may be needed.
A modern face lift goes beyond just tightening the skin. It often extends below the skin to the deeper more fibrous layers, allowing the underlying facial muscles to be lifted as well. The surgeon may also move, remove and in some cases add fat to the face, as needed, for each patient’s rejuvenation plan. The skin is re-draped, carefully removing any surplus before closing the incisions. Small metal staples are often used in the hairline, while the scars around the ears are stitched with thin nylon thread.
Face lifts are most commonly performed under a general anaesthetic (you will be completely asleep).
What are the risks and side effects of surgery?
Having cosmetic surgery can be a very positive experience. Complications are infrequent and usually minor. However, face lift surgery is a moderately big procedure and not without risk. It is important that you are given a clear picture as everyone varies in the risks they are willing to take. These possible problems will be fully discussed at your consultation.
What is the estimated time for recovery, absence from work and return to usual activities?
Providing all is well, you should expect to go home the day after surgery. Recovery times vary from one person to another. Most people return to work after 2 weeks. You can restart any exercise programme after 4 weeks. The final cosmetic result will not be apparent until 6-12 months post procedure, when the scars have softened and faded.
Face lift post surgery timeline
1 to 4 days
Swelling is at its worst days 2 and 3 after surgery. Sleep upright in bed supported by pillows. Ice packs will be soothing.
Wear any support garment as instructed.
5 to 14 days
Gradually increase your activity but nothing too strenuous. Light housework and gentle walks are fine.
Stitches around the ear will be removed.
Any remaining staples will be removed.
Can think about returning to work after two weeks.
Continue to wear support garment at night.
All the visible swelling and bruising should have gone by now.
Should be able to discard any support garment.
Will be fine to restart any exercise you do.
6 to 9 months
Scars will have softened and faded.
Can start to judge the final result.
Face and neck lift
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