The names of procedures that are marketed today for facial rejuvenation can sound like alphabet soup and can be very confusing for patients.
Facelifts fall into one of two categories: Mini or Full. You may have heard of the ones with the cute names like S-lift, Thread lift, or Lifestyle lift. These are often marketed in the popular magazines, and are merely variations on the mini-facelift.
So which one do I recommend?—the one that fits my patient.
When a patient comes in to my office for a consultation I will listen to their goals and concerns, look at their hairline and hairstyle, and recommend a specific plan. I perform all of these procedures, but I will pick the specific components of each that will achieve the patient’s goals and try to minimize scars where possible.
I begin with the premise that no one wants the bigger facelift, but a patient with a turkey gobbler neck will need a more aggressive approach than the patient who comes in with a tad of neck laxity and a little joweling. Some will benefit from an eyelid or brow lift, while others may not. Some don’t even need surgery at all, but may do better with laser, chemical peels, or fillers. Each patient is different, and each will need his or her own subtle surgical variations.
I’m not a fan of the alphabet soup of facelifts, but prefer to tailor a procedure to the individual patient. If you are interested in learning what would be best for you, contact me, and I’d be happy to help you sort through the options.