There seem to be many different facelift techniques: the deep plane lift, the S lift, the SMAS lift, etc. Can you describe the main differences between these many different techniques and which are considered best?
S lifts refer to a variety of techniques mean’t to be done through limited incisions and surgical dissection. The advantages of them are often quted as usually being performed under local anesthesia and quicker recovery and less cost. The disadvantages are that the best candidates for them are patients with limited facial and neck sagging. They’ll see the best results. Patients with a greater degree of facial sagging who choose to compromise and undergo this type of procedure either because of budget, fear of anesthesia, desire for quick recovery or media promotion are often disappointed with the end result.
Deep plane and SMAS lifts are done through longer incisions and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. They produce the most dramatic and long lasting results for patients. They are techniques that have stood the test of time. Some patients are hesitant to have these due to longer recovery and cost. My best advice to patients is have and find the doctor who’ll fit the technique needed to your face, don’t fit yourself to the technique regardless of name. This is your face we are talking about. It’s not some belly or thigh lipo that will be hidden. This result is going to be seen by everyone, everyday. Spend a little more or take a little more recovery time. Your beautiful face is worth it!