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Variations of the Facelift: Which One is Best for You?

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The facelift is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. It is performed on both men and women who want to reduce some of the signs of aging on their face and look more youthful.

How does a facelift work?

A facelift is just like it sounds – it lifts the face by pulling skin back toward or into the hairline. This tightens the skin to give it a more youthful appearance. Many individuals choose to have a facelift because their skin is becoming saggy and is less elastic than it was before.

What does a facelift entail?

There are different kinds of facelifts to suit each individual’s particular needs:

  • Mini facelift: The mini is often referred to as the “weekend facelift.” It is the least invasive option available and the most affordable, but its results are not as dramatic as others. This lift focuses on key areas rather than improving the look of the entire face. Plastic surgeons who utilize the mini facelift often utilize laser and endoscopic options that allow for smaller incisions.
  • Mid-facelift: A mid-facelift focuses on the cheek area (the middle of your face) rather than the jowls or lower face line. It is most often used for those who have lost volume in their cheeks and want to rejuvenate the middle area. This procedure is often used in conjunction with other methods to give a more youthful appearance.
  • Full facelift: The full facelift is the most common type and the most traditional. It addresses all areas of the face, from the neck to the forehead. Full facelifts are often used for those who are experiencing signs of aging throughout their entire face, and is the only procedure that allows for all of these issues to be corrected at once. While the full facelift is the most common, it is also the most invasive and requires more downtime. However, the results will last longer and allow you to continually look younger.

A facelift is a great way to enhance your appearance and improve your self-confidence, allowing you to reduce the signs of aging on your face. Choosing the right type of facelift is important, and a plastic surgeon can help you decide which type is best for you based on your current appearance.