A face lift, also referred to as a rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgery that enhances the appearance of an individual by making them look more youthful. This face surgery improves the visible aging signs on the neck and face. These signs include sagging skin, deep creases, jowls and excess fat deposits on the jaw and chin that leads to a double chin. This is a form of a facial reconstruction surgery that improves appearance, but does not stop or reverse the aging process. During the procedure, excess facial skin is removed and the underlying tissues tightened to rejuvenate the appearance.
Types of facelifts
There are a various types of facelifts available in the market today. The most appropriate procedure is based on the facial anatomy, the aesthetic goal, the risks involved, the cost and the amount of time needed for recovery. Facelifts are classified according to the degree of invasion, the targeted area of the face, the kind of incision and the quantity of tissue layers involved. The most common types of facelifts are discussed below.
Mini-lift: This refers to inter face lift that are less invasive. A small incision is usually made during these inter face lift and the procedures target small areas of the face. The mini lift is also referred to as a weekend inter face lift because most patient undergo the procedure on Friday and go back to work on Monday. Mini lift procedures target the loose skin around the neck and jowls. During a mini lift, the physician numbs the lower section of the face using anesthesia. An S-shaped incision is made on the sideburns running from underneath the hairline to the ear. Connective tissues located under the skin are tightened and any excess skin is removed during the procedure. Facial reconstruction is carried out by the doctor using small sutures to close the incision.
S-lift: This face lift procedure targets the lower side of the face. It aims at smoothing out the jowls and the neck. An S-shaped incision is made near the ear after giving the patient a local anesthesia. The skin is lifted and the tissues and muscles tightened through the incision. The time of recovery after an S-lift is shorter since the incisions are made in a smaller area.
Mid lift: During this procedure, a tiny incision is made in the mouth and along the hairline located above the ear. Fat pads are pulled over the cheekbones during the process to help in tightening the skin around the cheekbones. An endoscope, which refers to a tiny camera, is used during the procedure to assist the doctor in visualizing the surgical area.
Lifestyle Lift: A life style lift is a branded cosmetic surgery that is offered in several lifestyle lift centers that are found in America. A lifestyle lift is a mini lift procedure that is done under a local anesthesia.
SMAS lift: This face surgery targets the skin top layers and deeper tissues on the neck and face. Due to age, muscles around the face and neck sag and become lax. The SMAS lift aims at correcting this problem. During this face surgery, an incision running from the natural crease of the temple up to behind the ear lobe is made. Sutures are used to tighten the SMAS and any excess skin is removed during this facial reconstruction and the rest of the skin is stitched up. This procedure is suitable for people with mild laxity, mid face sagging and a few jowls.
Simoni lift: A Simoni lift is a form of a mini lift surgery that was designed by Dr. Payman
Simoni. It has good testimonials and is a minor procedure that lasts for one hour and has natural results that last for a long time without complaints. This face surgery tightens the lax skin on the jowls, the neck and the face without using any major anesthesia. A local anesthesia that contains epinephrine is injected to numb the face area. Excess skin and fats are removed from the neck and the face through well placed incisions that are located behind the ears and along the natural hairline. A patient takes a shorter time to recover after a Simoni lift and the end result is a more natural look.
Celebrity plastic surgery
Most people in the entertainment industry have undergone a celebrity plastic surgery to restore their youthful looks. Celebrity plastic surgery enables these iconic superstars to look young despite their advanced age. They have to look good for their fans and most of them consult the best facial plastic surgeons to restore and rejuvenate their natural youthful looks. These superstars always look fabulous since they have money to hire the best facial plastic surgeons. Some famous people who have undergone a facelift include:
Madonna- This pop star singer who is over 50 years is rumored to have gone through this procedure to restore her youthful skin.
John Travolta: This Hollywood legend actor has a flawless and wrinkle free skin. He underwent a face lift to smooth out any wrinkles and sagging skin.
Hillary Clinton- the Secretary of the State looks quite youthful for her age. It is rumored that she underwent a neck lift and a face lift to tighten any sagging skin around her face.
Cher: Cher was a 1960s and 70s singing star who still looks very young. It is rumored that she underwent a superb procedure to restore her youthful skin.
The price of a facelift depends on the type of procedure that is carried out and where it is done. The best facial plastic surgeons charge a fee of $5,000 to $15,000 for any type of a facelift surgery. It is important for patients to inquire the cost of a facelift from different doctors before settling for a particular one.