Most patients don’t know that there are distinct types of facelifts, and that not all procedures work well for every person across the board. Thankfully, the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery is an area of medicine primarily concerned with not only maintaining or restoring a patient’s vibrant, youthful appearance, but also about ensuring that the type of facelift procedure patients receive is what’s medically recommended and best for each situation. As such, this approach also helps to bring about the best results. For some patients, this could mean opting for a minimally invasive facelift procedure. Read on to better understand available options, and to learn how to make an informed decision, after consulting with an experienced facial plastic surgeon, on which options will best address your unique needs.

Surgical Options

Every face is different and, as a result, so is every facelift. There are two types of rhytidectomies generally accepted to provide the best long-term results. These are known as round block facelifts and SMAS facelifts. These surgical options are most effective when the skin’s surface and the face’s skeletal structures are also treated to remove any signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Before considering a facelift however, it’s imperative to consult with a plastic surgeon for a comprehensive examination and exploration of options. Yet, the beauty of a surgical option, is that your facelift is permanent, keeps you looking younger, and results are maintained through periodic treatments and care.

Non-Surgical Alternatives

Not all patients are willing to go through surgery to attain semi or permanent solutions. Thankfully for them, there are plenty of minimally and noninvasive facelift options that can keep them looking naturally youthful and vibrant well into their 60s. One highly effective example is the Kybella® treatment, a minimally invasive injectable acid that effectively removes excess fat and sagging along the jowl lines, under the chin, and around the neck. Non-surgical options, and the minimally invasive ones described below, are considered temporary solutions as they require frequent reapplications to maintain maximum effectiveness. Learn more about aging skin treatments!

IPL, Ultrasound, and Laser Treatments

Modern technology offers facial plastic surgeons a simple and effective means of correcting fine lines and pigmentation issues in the form of laser treatments, as well as, skin tightening and lifting treatments like Ultherapy®. With the Ultherapy procedure, ultrasound technology is used to mimic the results of traditional surgical facelifts, resulting in a tighter, lifted, and rejuvenated appearance, while also offering a cost-effective and semi-permanent alternative for patients.

Botox & Dermal Fillers

Though it’s not technically a facelift, Botox is the most common non-surgical cosmetic treatment that diminishes wrinkles and provides a smooth and rejuvenated facial appearance. It is a neuro-modulator that, when injected into the patient’s facial muscles, causes them to relax, and consequently removing the wrinkles that result from contracted muscles. In comparison, dermal facial fillers are a category of substances used to replace lost facial volume due to aging, and include hyaluronic acid-based fillers, collagen-based fillers, and a variety of long-lasting and semi-permanent alternatives.

Seeking Professional Help

The first step to take if you’re considering a facelift, or a way to enhance your natural beauty and restore a youthful appearance, is to connect with Dr. Bradford Patt to schedule a consultation. Give us a call at (281) 649-7170, or schedule online today!