What is a Designer Facelift?
Renowned Celebrity Cosmetic Plastic surgeon Dr Parag Telang, Director of Designer Bodyz Centre for Advanced Cosmetic Surgery answers some frequently asked questions about various techniques of Face lifting and talks about “ Designer facelift”:
Q. What are the modalities available for face tightening?
Ans: There are several different types of facelifts you can choose from based on your aesthetic goals , downtime and recovery, as well as your facial anatomy. As a general rule, the different types of facelifts vary by the type of incision, number of tissue layers treated, the area of the face that is targeted, and their degree of invasiveness.
Q. What are the options for Facial Rejuvenation?
Ans: When surgeons first began performing facelift surgery, they cut the skin on the face and pulled it back. This so-called “skin only” technique wasn’t exactly reliable, nor did it offer the best aesthetic results. Over time, surgeons honed their craft by going deeper into the facial tissues, and the modern facelift took shape.
Some of the more popular facelift types are:
The Deep Plane Lift
The deep plane lift is considered the gold standard. It involves lifting, releasing and repositioning the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS). In short, the SMAS layer is located underneath the skin and surrounds the muscles of facial expression;
In this, the plastic surgeon enters the “deep plane” by going underneath the SMAS layer.
The deep plane lift is the go-to lift for people with severe facial sagging and laxity, and for those looking for a longer-lasting lift. The effects last about 10 to 15 years.
The SMAS Lift
The SMAS lift affects the superficial top layers of skin and the deeper tissues of the face and neck. These tissues tend to grow lax and sag with use and advancing age.
To perform a SMAS lift, the SMAS is tightened using sutures, any excess or redundant skin is removed and the remaining skin is stitched up.
The SMAS lift works well for individuals with mild laxity, some jowls and mid-face sagging.
MACS=Lift :Short Scar Lift
The short scar facelift involves very small scars. The incision does not extend behind the ear. The tissues that support your smile lines and jowls can be tightened .
MACS=lift may be ideal option for people in their 40s and 50s with minimal to moderate excess skin. This procedure is also ideal if a shorter scar is a priority, or if you have no visible signs of aging on your neck.
The Midface or Cheek Lift
These lifts target the middle third of your face. The incisions are placed in your hairline and the inside of your mouth. Your surgeon then lifts and repositions the natural fatty layer over your cheekbones.
Midface lifts improve nose-to-mouth lines and lift sagging cheeks.
Stem Cell Facelift
Technically, a stem cell facelift is not a true facelift. A stem cell facelift involves fat injections to the face to add volume. A stem cell facelift is a two-step process. First the fat cells (and the stem cells within them) are harvested by liposuction from areas on the body where they are plentiful (tummy, buttocks, thighs). The fat cells are then processed, with a focus on the stem cells residing in the fat cells. This fat along with stem cells is injected into the face to contour and fill the cheeks, under-eye hollows, temples, lips and other facial areas.
The Thread Lift
A thread lift uses tiny suture barbs that act as a hook to gather your skin layers upward, thereby tightening the skin. The barbs are attached to a thread which remains in place following the procedure. There is no nipping or tucking. The barbs on the threads and fibrous tissue provide the lift.
At our clinic we offer a completely customised facelift to suit each person’s need. This may involve a combination of various methods of facelift with the aim of giving maximum result to the patient with minimum scars and downtime.
Facelift is a surgery to be performed by a Board Certified Plastic surgeon. The analysis, planning and execution has to be perfect for the optimum result. So your surgeon should be not only good, he has to be the best!
For further information contact:
Centre for Advanced Cosmetic Surgery,
401-402, Vastu Precinct,
Opposite Mercedes Benz Showroom,
Sundervan, Lokhandwala Road,
Andheri ( west), Mumbai.
022- 26300079, 9820058253