Facelifts: What are the Options?

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Time takes its toll on all of us, and as we get older our skin can lose some of its bounce and become looser and more lined. A facelift is a type of cosmetic surgery designed to give you a more youthful appearance with smoother, tighter skin.

There are many different types of facelift procedures available, including mini facelifts and non-surgical facelifts, each with their own benefits for different aesthetic goals. We’re going to cover some of the most popular options when it comes to choosing facelift surgery.


Deep Plane facelift

When you really want a dramatic result that targets more severe facial and neck sagging, the deep plane facelift is the treatment to go for. With this facelift, the incision is made under the muscle layer of the face, so the lift is much deeper and looks more natural overall. This is why it’s also known as a SMAS facelift, as it refers to the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) layer that is being lifted.

It’s a good one for avoiding that ‘stretched skin’ look, which can result if you’re trying to get more dramatic results with a more superficial procedure.

The incisions are made along the hairline, so are usually inconspicuous once you’ve recovered from the surgery, but there will naturally be more intense scarring compared with less invasive facelifts.


Mini facelift

A mini facelift includes several types of less invasive lifts, including the MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) lift. They’re ideal if you have milder issues with sagging skin on the neck and jaw areas, and might be best suited if you’re younger and l NCT,ooking to refresh your face.

This type of facelift is also sometimes known as a short-scar facelift as it involves shorter incisions that leave minimal scarring.


Facelift + additions

One option is to combine a facelift with a neck lift or other cosmetic surgeries such as eyelid lifts, nose jobs, and facial implants to create your ideal result. Having multiple facial cosmetic surgeries at the same time can be a great way to reduce the number of operations overall, and get the desired look you want in the most efficient way.


Non-surgical options

If you’re considering ways you can refresh your look but you’re not ready to go under the knife just yet, there are non-surgical options to address the signs of ageing. Dermal fillers can help to plump and restore lost volume, as well as help to smooth out lines and wrinkles.

This option is generally more suited to younger patients under 50, while more advanced signs of ageing can be better addressed by a surgical facelift.


How long does a facelift last?

How long the effects of a facelift last will depend on the type of surgery you get.

Full deep plane facelift – A full facelift will typically last up to 15 years

Mini facelift – A less invasive facelift can last from around 2 to 6 years

Dermal fillers – Non-invasive surgery can last between 6 months and 2 years


How much does a facelift cost?

How much your facelift surgery costs will depend on the type you get along with any other extra procedures you choose, and this will be worked out following your consultation.

With Ramsay, you can make use of our TotalCare™ package to have single, one off payment that covers all of your facelift treatment and aftercare, plus follow-up consultations.

You could also spread the cost of your treatment with a 0% finance payment plan.

If you’d life to find out more about the facelift options at Ramsay Health Care, take a look at our facial surgery options or if you’d like to speak to one of our specialists, please get in touch here.

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