The Main Types of Facelifts: A Simple Guide

One of the sad truths of life is that everyone’s bodies will wear down and deteriorate over time, and the muscles in your face are no exception. While those in the past had no options to avoid it, we now have techniques to stave off the effects of aging, chief among them the facelift.

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But you have an important question to answer. Of the many kinds of facelifts, which one fits you best?

That’s where we come in. It’s time to take a look at our simple guide to the main types of facelifts. Let’s get right into it!

The Tried-and-True Classic

For the standard version of facelifts, your surgeon will make small cuts around your hairline, ears, and below your chin. From there, surgeons can remove extra skin and fat (removing the natural drooping of your face when you age) while fusing certain muscles in your face together to allow the skin to form back over it.

You can also get a facelift tailored to address a specific part of your face. A cheek facelift, for example, uses surgical implants to restore fullness to your cheeks and reduce swelling in your lower eyelids. Mid-facelifts achieve the same thing, but either remove tissue or add more instead of using implants.

Jawline rejuvenation is when your surgeon withdraws pockets of fat from your neck. This helps give you a sharper jawline and a more youthful smile.


For those nervous about going through extensive facial plastic surgery, mini facelifts provide a less invasive alternative among your facelift options. Surgeons make smaller cuts into the face when performing the procedure, quickening healing time and lowering the margin for error.

However, it’s not as effective as a conventional facelift. It’s also not as effective on older patients.

Deep Plane Facelifts

If you’re not concerned about going under the knife, deep plane facelifts offer you the transformative surgery you’re looking for. Rather than only lifting the skin and/or fat, this facelift procedure goes under your SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) and lifts the layer of muscle below.

As a result, your face takes on an even more youthful appearance as more layers of your body are brought in line with the surgery. The downside is that it demands a month-long recovery period with potential bouts of swelling or bruising.

Liquid Facelift

Dodge the knife altogether with liquid facelifts, injections of hyaluronic acid that help restore fullness and vigor to your face. Since this acid exists in your body already, you don’t have to worry about your body rejecting the injection.

The injections aren’t permanent, however. You’ll have to go back to your doctor for repeated injections to keep your appearance up.

Which of These Types of Facelifts Fits You?

So, now that you know all the different types of facelifts, which one seems like a good fit for you?

If you’re looking for even more information on plastic surgery and wellness to inform your decision, make sure to check out the other articles on our website!

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