What are the different types of face lift?

Types of Face or Rhytidectomy

There are a number of different ways of performing a facelift procedure. These include the mini facelift which is less invasive and can be performed under a local anaesthetic. The full face lift usually requires a general anaesthetic. This can be done using a number of techniques such as the SMAS lift or Deep Plane Facelift.

Mini Face Lift

The first type of face lift is a mini facelift which involves a shorter scar in front and behind the ear. A mini facelift has limited undermining of the skin, there we get a little improvement in the jowl area and removal of some skin excess.  This is a short lasting option but can be performed under a local anaesthetic with less downtime.

Full Facelift

This type of face lift procedure involves a longer scar in front and behind the ear but extending into the hairline. A full facelift lifts up more of the skin and addresses the SMAS, which is the deeper layer underneath the skin, and pulls that up to give a better, longer lasting result.  The SMAS layer can be tightened using a number of techniques such as SMASectomy or SMAS plication.  These mean that either that part of the SMAS may be removed or the SMAS is stitched onto itself to tighten it.

Deep Plane Facelift

This technique is a type of face lift which is the same as a full facelift.   In this procedure the SMAS layer is lifted and dissection is performed under the SMAS.  This helps improve the lower face and neck more.  The SMAS is then stitched when it is more mobile to help lift the face and neck.


About the Expert

Mr Reza Nassab

Mr Reza Nassab MBChB, MSc, MBA, FRCS (Plast) is well established consultant plastic surgeon with a specialist interest in the field of cosmetic surgery. Mr Nassab performs a wide range of procedures for the face, breast, body and skin.  He is one of the most sought after cosmetic surgeons in the North West, Cheshire and UK.  He has numerous patients from around the world from countries such as Dubai, Ireland, Finland, France and Spain.

Mr Nassab offers patients a bespoke holistic approach. His consultation identifies your expectations and desires.  He will discuss options specific to your needs to help achieve realistic goals.  His philosophy is that individual patient is unique in their goals and anatomy therefore each treatment plan has to be tailored to that individual.

Mr Nassab has become the one of the go to plastic surgeons by celebrities and influencers.  He has been featured on the TV show The Real Housewives of Cheshire performing procedures such as the Mummy Makeover and Eyelid Lift. He is well known for his breast augmentation surgery and a number of his celebrity patients have shared their stories in the press and media.

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