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Different Types of Facelifts

Posted by Dr. Julian De Silva | April 20th, 2021

Do you feel like your face is aging too fast? Are you losing your confidence because of it? Then it’s time to get a facelift procedure. In this article, I’ll discuss what are the different types of facelifts.

Thanks to advanced technology, you can choose from many types of facelifts.

What are the different types of facelifts?

What Are the Different Types of Facelifts? Every Patient Ought to Know These

1. Signature Deep Plane Facelift

Signature Deep Plane Facelift

The deep plane procedure is the most advanced facelift type. It requires extensive knowledge of the face. Thus, it can only be performed by less than 5% of plastic surgeons.

I have personally developed a signature deep place facelift. It’s based on my extensive experience and research about facial enhancement. Plus, it heavily considers the Golden Ratio.

The Golden Ratio involves the position of the eyes, nose, and chin. The distance between certain parts must be 1.618. The closer it is to 1.618, the more ideal a face looks like.

Using this concept, I developed a type of facelift that’ll make your face more attractive. It also aims to give you a sharper and more natural look.

2. Skin-Only Facelift

Skin-Only Facelift

As its name suggests, the skin-only facelift only lifts the skin. It does not lift the tissue underneath.

The skin-only facelift is a traditional technique. Many patients choose this because it doesn’t disturb the muscles.

Additionally, this procedure is generally done on younger patients. It’s ideal for them because aging hasn’t affected them yet. It effectively slows down the early signs of aging.

The skin-only facelift also produces fast results. This gives pleasure to patients who immediately want to see results. Plus, a skin-only lift causes little pain. Recovering from it is not as hard as the others.

On the downside, the effects of a skin-only facelift generally lasts for 4 to 5 years only. It’s because the skin can easily stretch.

3. SMAS Facelift

SMAS Facelift

SMAS stands for superficial muscular aponeurotic system. The SMAS facelift targets the said system.

The SMAS is found deep within the skin and subcutaneous tissue. It is one of the most vital structures for the face. Thus, adjusting it can change your look.

As you age, your SMAS becomes less elastic. As a result, your cheeks sag. You can get flashy jowls and a double chin. Your cheek fat also enhances your smile lines.

The SMAS facelift counteracts these. It tightens your muscles, trims excess skin, removes fat.

In particular, an SMAS facelift corrects the following:

  • Sagging midface
  • Hollow cheeks
  • Fleshy jowls
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Loose skin
  • Double chin

An SMAS facelift is ideal if you experience any of those. Patients over 50 years old are great candidates, too. However, their skin must have some elasticity left.

4. Mini Facelift

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift involves small incisions. It provides a more refreshed look. However, it produces less dramatic results than a traditional facelift.

It mainly targets the lower half of your face. I use small incisions around your hairline to correct it.

Furthermore, I remove excess skin. This can help tighten your skin. It reduces your wrinkles as well.

Sometimes, other procedures must be done with a mini facelift. This helps maximize the results. It’s because mini facelifts only involve the lower half of your face.

If you want less skin to be removed, I suggest having a mini facelift. Notwithstanding its name, a mini facelift is a major procedure. Thus, you have to weigh the risks and benefits.

5. S-Lift


The S-lift is named after the S-shape incisions it uses. It is a more conservative procedure. It involves fewer risks and minimal recovery time.

The S-lift involves removing skin from the midface. It also includes folding the SMAS.

In particular, I start the S-shaped incision at the hairline. It is then continued on the front and behind of the ear.

After creating the incision, I will reposition your tissues. I will remove excess fat and skin as well.

The S-lift offers many advantages. These include the following:

  • Short surgery duration
  • Fast recovery
  • More natural look
  • Fewer scars
  • Less hair loss
  • Lower risks

The S-lift is ideal for younger patients. However, it can be done on older patients.

6. MACS Facelift

MACS Facelift

MACS stands for minimal access cranial suspension. The MACS facelift targets the underlying muscles of the face.

I make an incision from the hairline, down to the front of the ears. I then tighten the facial muscles. In some cases, I separate the skin from the soft tissue. I also have to remove some skin.

The MACS lift is ideal for those with early facial aging. It’s also great for those with limited sagging.

Knowing what are the different types of facelifts helps you understand the benefits.

Please take note that your face is unique. The best type of facelift requires a thorough assessment. You can contact us for an extensive consultation.

Also, make sure that you don’t make the biggest mistakes when choosing a surgeon.

About the Author: Dr. De Silva

About the Author

Finding the most reputable facelift expert is never easy. Therefore, you should always research the best surgeons in your area and ask plenty of questions. Dr. De Silva is a facial cosmetic and plastic surgeon, author, global educator, with a track record of doing procedures for top celebrities. He is based at world-renowned Harley Street in Central London and specializes in three main procedures: Face and Neck lifts, Blepharoplasty, and Rhinoplasty.

Come witness a custom-built surgical centre that is not your average hospital. You are guaranteed to experience natural-looking results and fast healing thanks to regenerative technology, growth factors, regenerative cells, stem cell, oxygen therapy, and state of the art technology.

By specialising in only the face, you can rest assured knowing that you’re getting premier results. Dr. De Silva achieves natural-looking results for his patients using the latest regenerative technology, so they can heal quickly and look their absolute best. No matter what your reason for wanting a cosmetic treatment is, Dr. De Silva and his team are here to help. To find out more information about Dr. Julian De Silva and his work, check out our website.

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