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What’s The Best Face Lift For Me?

Posted by Dr. Julian De Silva | May 14th, 2021

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The best face lift depends on your age, genetics, skin condition, goals, and lifestyle. Consult your doctor before getting any facelift procedure.

Are you bothered by your sagging face and wrinkles? A facelift might be the solution. In this article, we’ll talk about the best face lift for you.

If you’ve been thinking about having this procedure, it’s crucial that you know the best procedure or you.

The best face lift depends on your age, genetics, skin condition, goals, and lifestyle. To determine the best facelift procedures, consulting a cosmetic surgeon is a must.

Non-Surgical & Surgical Facelift: What’s the Difference?

There are two major types of facelift procedures― non-surgical and surgical.

types of facelift procedures

A non-surgical facelift is usually more suitable for younger people. A surgical facelift is more suited for older people.

As its name suggests, a non-surgical facelift doesn’t involve surgery. Hence, it is less painful than a surgical facelift. Non-surgical facelift is done by injecting dermal fillers to lift your skin.

On the other hand, a surgical facelift involves going under the knife. It has more recovery time and is more expensive than a non-surgical facelift.

During the procedure, the areas that have dropped with gravity are lifted and the skin on your face is lifted. Depending on the type of surgical facelift, tissues under your skin are manipulated. Before your skin is closed, excess skin is removed.

A neck lift or platysmaplasty is often done along with a surgical facelift. This procedure reduces fat and sagging skin on the neck, which helps give you a more balanced and natural look.

What Is the Best Non Surgical Facelift?

signature phi lift

My signature phi lift procedure is the best face lift without surgery. It involves a dermal filler made with hyaluronic acid.

My signature phi lift procedure is the best facelift without surgery offered at my clinic. This procedure is developed by my team to bring you the most natural and long-lasting result a non-surgical facelift can give.

What sets this procedure apart from others is the use of special dermal fillers. These fillers are made of hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by your body. Most of it is found on your skin, eyes, and connective tissues. It keeps your tissues lubricated and moist.

By doing this, hyaluronic acid helps your skin feel and look more supple. However, the more your age, the less hyaluronic acid your body produces. This leads to signs of aging (e.g. wrinkles, jowls) becoming more noticeable.

Hence, a dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid can help you fight the signs of aging. I chose this type of filler because hyaluronic acid gives you a younger look.

The fillers also give you a more natural look by enhancing the phi lines. These phi lines are in accordance with the golden ratio, a universal standard used to measure aesthetics.

While a non-surgical facelift is not as painful as a surgical facelift, my signature phi lift procedure further minimises the pain. I do this by using the cannula technique.

This procedure has been administered to many of my patients who coined me as the best facelift surgeon london.

ResultsNatural look
Subtle changes
Supple skin

Best Age Late 20’s to early 30’s
Best Candidates People with few signs of aging
People who want to maintain their youthful look
Risks Bruising and swelling
Recovery Time Within 24 hours (you can go back to school or work the day after the procedure)

Best Facelift Surgery

deep plane facelift

The signature deep plane facelift is the best face lift surgery. Less than 5% of surgeons can do this advanced procedure.

The signature deep plane facelift is the best facelift surgery offered in my clinic.

For starters, it is the most advanced surgical facelift type― performed by less than 5% of plastic surgeons.

The deep plane facelift leaves the skin attached to muscle layers, and lifting only under these muscle layers. This procedure also lifts the cheeks by releasing the tied points of the face, eliminating the addition of filler or fat.

By doing these, the signature deep plane facelift produces more natural results compared to other surgical facelift types.

I personally developed a signature deep plane facelift. It is based on my extensive research and many years of experience in cosmetic surgery. Just like my signature phi lift procedure, my signature deep plane procedure is also based on the golden ratio.

Best Age Early 40’s to 60’s
Best Candidates People with significant fine lines and wrinkles
People with significant facial volume loss
People with extremely sagging skin
People with noticeable jowls
Risks Bruising, swelling, and bleeding
Recovery Time 2 weeks
Results Natural look
Younger look
Subtle changes
Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
Improved facial volume
Lifted skin
Less noticeable jowls

Other Surgical Facelift Types

There are times when neither the best facelift without surgery and best facelift surgery is suitable for you. Here are other surgical facelift types you can have.

Skin-Only Facelift

skin-only facelift

Many patients choose the skin-only facelift procedure because it doesn’t disturb their muscles and only lifts the skin.

As its name suggests, the skin-only facelift procedure only lifts your skin. It does not lift the tissue under it.

From my experience, many patients choose the skin-only facelift procedure because it doesn’t disturb their muscles.

In addition, this type of facelift produces fast results, making it ideal for those who want to see immediate results. It also causes less pain compared to other traditional types of facelift.

Best Age 30 to 40
Best Candidates People with few to moderate signs of aging
People with few to moderate signs of aging
People who want to slow down the signs of aging early
Risks Bruising, swelling, and bleeding
Recovery Time 1 to 2 weeks
Results Natural look
Subtle changes
Immediate results

SMAS Facelift

Appearance after a SMAS facelift

An SMAS facelift tightens your muscles and skin. It is the solution to your sagging cheeks, fleshy jowls, and double chin.

SMAS stands for superficial muscular aponeurotic system. Hence, the SMAS facelift is a procedure that targets the said area.

As you become older, your SMAS becomes less elastic. This results in sagging cheeks, fleshy jowls, and a double chin. The SMAS facelift can reverse these effects.

Specifically, the SMAS facelift involves tightening your muscles, trimming excess skin, and removing fat.

Best Age 40’s to 60’s
Best Candidates People with moderate to extreme signs of aging
People with sagging cheeks, fleshy jowls, and double chin
Risks Bruising, swelling, bleeding, delayed wound healing
Recovery Time 3 to 8 weeks
Results Natural look
Lifted cheeks
Reduced jowls
Less noticeable double chin

Mini Facelift

Appearance after a mini facelift

A mini facelift targets the lower half of your face. This surgical facelift procedure is done by making small incisions.

A mini facelift is done by making small incisions. Since the incisions are small, it produces less dramatic results than a traditional facelift.

In particular, I use small incisions around your hairline to solve your issues. I then remove excess skin to tighten your face and reduce your wrinkles.

Sometimes, other procedures must be done with a mini facelift to maximize the results. It’s because a mini facelift procedure only involves the lower half of your face.

Best Age Late 30’s to 40’s
Best Candidates People with significant problems with the lower half of the face
People with loose skin and wrinkles
Risks Bruising, swelling, bleeding, scarring
Recovery Time 1 to 3 weeks
Results Natural look
Subtle changes
Improved lower half of the face
Tightened skin
Reduced wrinkles

S-Lift

S-lift procedure

The S-lift is a conservative surgical procedure that is mainly chosen by patients because of its short recovery time.

The S-lift is named after the S-shaped incisions made during the procedure. This procedure involves removing skin from your midface.

Specifically, I begin the S-shaped incision at the hairline. I then continue the incision on the front and back of the ear. After creating the incision, I reposition the tissues. Lastly, I remove the excess skin and fat.

The S-lift is mainly chosen by patients because of its short recovery time. It is also more conservative compared to other procedures in this list.

Best Age Late 30’s to 60’s
Best Candidates People who want to recover fast
People with loose skin and jowls
Risks Bruising, swelling, bleeding
Recovery Time 3 to 5 days
Results Natural look
Subtle changes
Tightened skin
Less jowls

MACS Facelift

MACS Facelift

The MACS facelift procedure targets the face’s underlying muscles. It tightens your muscles and removes some skin.

MACS stands for minimal access cranial suspension. The MACS facelift procedure targets the underlying muscular structures of the face.

I start doing an MACS facelift by making an incision at the hairline. I then continue to the front of the ears.

After that, I tighten the facial muscles. In some cases, I have to separate the skin from the soft tissue and remove some of that skin.

Best Age late 30’s to 60’s
Best Candidates People with wrinkles under their eyes
People with noticeable jowls
People with deep lines on the corner of the nose and mouth
Risks Bruising, swelling, scarring, bleeding
Recovery Time 3 to 4 weeks
Results Natural look
Mildy subtle changes
Reduced wrinkles, jowls, and deep lines

Best Age for Facelift Procedures

People who suffer from sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin texture, and facial volume loss are ideal candidates for facelift surgery.

People ages 35 to 65 can undergo facelift procedures. The best age for facelift surgery is between 40 and 60. Women in their early 30’s can address the signs of aging by having a non-surgical facelift.

The main goal of facelift procedures is to preserve your youthful look. Thus, the earlier the signs of aging are addressed, the more natural and longer the results can be. It’s because older people often end up with extremely noticeable changes.

Factors That Determine the Best Face Lift for You

The best face lift for you depends on your age, genetics, skin condition, goals, and lifestyle.

Face Lift - before and after

Your age, genetics, skin condition, goals, and lifestyle determine the best facelift for you.

1. Age

Age is one of the main factors that determine what’s the best facelift for you. Surgical facelift is not ideal for patients under 30.

If you are in your late 20’s, I advise you to get a non-surgical facelift. You can get a surgical facelift as early as 30, but you have to carefully consider this by listening to your doctor’s advice.

2. Genetics

Genetics determine how aging looks like for us. Caucasians age much easier compared to Asians, Hispanics, and African Americans.

In particular, Caucasians are prone to having wrinkles, fine lines, and pigmentation. Asians and Hispanics tend to have oily skin. African Americans age well, but they are more prone to scarring and hyperpigmentation.

Thus, your ethnicity plays a huge role in identifying the best face lift procedure for you.

3. Skin Condition

Another factor that helps determine the best facelift for you is your skin condition.

I do a thorough analysis of my patients’ skin by looking at the outer appearance, underlying tissues, facial volume, and extent of saginess.

This is why consulting with your doctor before deciding which facelift procedure to go through is a must.

4. Goals

Your goals help determine the best face lift for you. It helps you manage your expectations as well.

For instance, if your goal is to experience minimal pain and achieve a natural look, a non-surgical facelift might be for you. On the other hand, if your goal is to experience long-lasting results, a surgical facelift might be the best option.

5. Lifestyle

Your lifestyle plays a great role in how well we age. Hence, the details of your lifestyle help your doctor determine the best face lift for you.

Your medical history, diet, sleep, and exposure to substances (e.g. cigarettes and alcohol) help identify how your skin changes over the years. These lifestyle factors also help determine how your body reacts to the surgery.

I personally check my patients’ lifestyle and medical history for contraindications. This helps me ensure their safety and well-being.

Conclusion

Your face is unique. The facelift procedures that suit you might not suit others. Similarly, what suits others might not suit you.

To determine the best face lift for you, it is crucial that you consult your doctor first before making any decision. Your doctor can accurately determine the best facelift for you based on your age, genetics, skin condition, goals, and lifestyle.

Do you want to know the best facelift for you? Book a consultation today!

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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