Would I benefit more from a regular facelift or mid facelift?
This depends on the particular areas of your face that you would like to change. If hollow cheeks and wrinkles beneath the eyes are a problem for you, a mid facelift could be a great solution. If you also have excess and sagging skin around the neck and jawline, you may want to consider a full facelift in combination with a mid facelift. In your consultation, The SixSurgery team will be able to assess your unique facial anatomy in order to determine which procedures would benefit you the most.
Who is a good candidate for a facelift?
Anyone who has loose and lax facial and neck skin can benefit from this procedure. There is no particular age restriction for a facelift.
What are the different types of facelift surgery?
There are many different types, including deep facelift surgery, S-lift, mini facelift, SMAS facelift(s), traditional facelift, mid-facelift and others. Each has its own recovery times and is usually decided by the surgeon.
What type of facelift is best?
The vast array of facelift techniques can be bewildering: deep plane, high SMAS, short scar, skin only, MACS lift, SMASectomy and the list goes on. The debate between a “Deep” facelift and a “Skin Only” facelift has been going on for years. Both can create beautiful results. Deep facelifts take a lot longer to heal and patients remain swollen for a longer time. A twin study where one twin had a deep plane facelift and the other twin had simpler facelift demonstrated that at two years after the surgery there was no visible difference between the quality of results.
It is more important for you to find the right surgeon than for you to try and decide with technique is “best.” Look at the results of facelifts done by a surgeon, regardless of the technique used. If you like the results, you’re on the road to finding the results you are looking for.
SixSurgery intends to make patients look younger and more refreshed through minimally invasive superficial procedures rather than deep plane procedures. We find that these results have generate beautiful results for our patients while decreasing the downtime and significantly lowering the risk of complications.
How long does the procedure take?
A facelift takes anywhere from 2 – 3 hours; if additional procedures are added at the same time, such as eyelid surgery, the procedure will take anywhere from 3 – 4 hours.
Why do other surgeons take 6-8 hours to do this procedure?
The length of time it takes for a procedure depends on the type of the technique used (some techniques take much longer than others) and on the surgeon’s comfort with the procedure.
Many surgeons still perform the older deep plane technique. In this procedure the facial nerve can be exposed and therefore it is crucial that a slow and meticulous technique is used to avoid injuring the facial nerve. In contrast, the SixSurgery team’s technique does not expose the facial nerve and therefore the step which requires careful and slow dissection is not required. The benefit is not only a lower risk of nerve injury, but a much shorter operative time (and thus lower risk of overall complications)
Do I need a “mini” or a “traditional” facelift?
A “mini” facelift is most effective in younger patients needing only a small amount of correction. A traditional facelift addresses the neck, jowls and mid-face.
Can I have other procedures in combination with a facelift?
Most often, a facelift is combined with a blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery, to correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes. A brow lift is also often employed to smooth wrinkles on the forehead.
Is there any preparation needed before the surgery?
You should stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery, as smoking can seriously impede the healing process. Avoid aspirin and aspirin products in the weeks leading up to your surgery. In addition, the SixSurgery team will review your medications with you during your initial consultation, and may recommend stopping certain medications before your surgery.
What type of scarring can I expect?
Incisions are carefully concealed in areas of the skin where creases naturally occur. Facelift incisions heal well and often go undetected after only a few months.
Will I have scars after the surgery?
A degree of scarring after any surgery is inevitable. However, the SixSurgery Team is renowned for their minimal scars and will make every effort to ensure that your incisions heal beautifully. Wherever possible, we will also carefully place incisions where they are either well concealed on your body or can be easily hidden by clothing. Most women are so pleased with the outcome of their surgery that scars are not a concern.
If I plan on losing weight, should I do this before the surgery
Losing a few pounds won’t make that much of a difference. If you plan to lose a large amount of weight, greater than 30 pounds, for example, then you should wait until you lose the weight and your weight is stabilized.
Will Facelift results be permanent?
How long a facelift lasts depends on many factors. If you live a healthy lifestyle you can expect the results to last a long time, but gravity and aging will play a role in how long the appearance lasts. A facelift doesn’t stop facial aging. You will continue to age, but from a new starting point.