Growing old is a natural part of life, and no medical or cosmetic procedure can help you stop the biological clock. However, many cosmetic procedures can eliminate or reduce the signs of aging on your face, and one of such procedures is known as a facelift.
Over the years, cosmetic surgeons have developed numerous facelift techniques aimed at giving the best results and making the results last longer. This article looks at the main advances in facelifts.
What’s a Facelift?
Also known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a cosmetic procedure designed to help you eliminate wrinkles, folds, sagging skin, and fine lines from your face. It involves different techniques, including surgery and injectable fillers. Surgical facelift procedures involve incisions along your hairline, removing the excess skin and fat and tightening the skin to give you a youthful appearance.
Non-surgical procedures like dermal fillers involve injecting facial fillers like Botox into different parts of your face to make your non-elastic skin look firmer and fuller, thus hiding your facial wrinkles, folds, and fine lines.
Advances in Face-lifting
SMAS plication Facelift
Face-lifting involved subcutaneous procedures, also referred to as the skin-only facelift. The dissection was in an intravenous plane with this technique, leaving the muscular and SMAS layers intact. Most cosmetic surgeons use the SMAS application technique to manipulate the subcutaneous tissue to eliminate facial wrinkles and sagging skin.
Since the SMAS layer is a fibro-fatty structure, it resists gravity more effectively than your skin. Therefore, the SMAS plication method will influence a stronger layer that will bear more loads than your skin. This will prevent the skin on your cheeks, chin, and eyelashes from sagging.
Minimal Access Cranial Suspension Facelift
While the traditional facelift procedure re-wrapped the skin in a tilted direction, the latest minimal access cranial suspension technique avoids the horizontal vector of traction. It moves the skin and underlying tissues simultaneously in a vertical direction. This technique has proved to be quite effective in rectifying your face’s lower and upper parts.
Deep Plane Facelift
The latest deep plane facelift technique is a more effective alternative to the traditional face-lifting technique, and it reverses aging signs on your midface and nasolabial grooves. If you have significant aging signs on your midface, your plastic surgeon will advise you to have a deep place facelift.