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3 Types of Facelifts You Need to Know About

Dr. Philip Miller

May 20, 2022

Gone are the days when you would undergo surgery in hopes of restoring your youth, only to find your face looking like “done” after your procedure. Thanks to advanced, state-of-the-art technology and techniques, today’s plastic surgery combines science and art to create a natural, youthful appearance in both men and women.

Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS, is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is known for creating natural results through customized treatment plans. He performs facelifts for patients with all degrees of aging, from the earliest fine lines and wrinkles to significant sagging and volume loss. With three basic types of facelifts, Dr. Miller will utilize his proprietary NatraLook® process to ensure you achieve the Aesthetic Confidence® you deserve when you look your very best. 

3 Types of Facelifts 

As the name suggests, a facelift is a procedure designed to lift and smooth the face to create a more youthful appearance. Also known as a rhytidectomy, they are appropriate for men and women of all ages, since Dr. Miller will tailor your treatment to your precise concerns and goals. There are three basic types of facelifts Dr. Miller offers in his New York and New Orleans offices. 

Deep Plane Facelift

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A deep plane facelift is the top choice for patients with significant aging symptoms. Deep plane facelifts reposition the muscle and soft tissue layer, or SMAS, before tightening the skin. This technique provides a more natural result than facelifts past that focused solely on skin tightening. 

Deep plane facelifts enhance both the jowls and neck areas, but also let go of the cheek ligaments and raise the cheek fat pads and muscles. During a deep plane facelift, the skin and the SMAS are lifted together, rather than separately, which also creates more natural-looking results. 

A deep plane facelift involves incisions behind and around the ears and along the hairline at the temples. Through these incisions, Dr. Miller can access the areas necessary to produce the most dramatic improvement. Surgery is performed using general anesthesia and takes about four hours to complete. Recovery from a deep plane facelift is typically 10-14 days.

Mini Facelift

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Known as the “S-lift”, “weekend facelift”, “ponytail facelift,” and the “lunchtime facelift,” mini facelifts are quickly becoming a popular option in surgical facelifts. Less dramatic than a deep plane facelift, a mini facelift offers you a refreshed look by suspending the SMAS facial muscle. 

Especially useful for the cheek and jowl areas, a mini facelift requires smaller incisions and a shorter recovery for most patients. The procedure may be performed using local anesthesia or IV sedation, rather than general anesthesia. 

This type of plastic surgery is good for people who want to correct sagging cheeks, skin laxity in the jawline, midface sagging, marionette lines, jowls, and double chins. The improvements are not as dramatic as a deep plane facelift and typically don’t last as long. However, a mini facelift is an excellent choice for patients with earlier signs of aging that would like to refresh their appearance. 

Liquid (Nonsurgical) Facelift

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Nonsurgical, liquid facelifts involve a combination of injectable neuromodulators and dermal fillers to produce comprehensive improvement without anesthesia, incisions, or downtime. Neuromodulators like  Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport® relax facial muscles that cause wrinkles to form in the forehead and around the eyes. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers like Juvéderm® or Restylane® restore lost volume in the midface and along the jawline, while smoothing away wrinkles around the nose and mouth. 

Results from a liquid facelift can be seen almost immediately, although slight swelling around the injection areas may interfere with your final results for a day or two. A liquid facelift is an excellent option for patients experiencing the earliest signs of aging or those who are not good candidates for surgical procedures.

What is the best type of facelift?

The best facelift for you is the one that meets your specific needs and goals. Dr. Miller will work with you to understand your concerns and create a customized plan to produce an optimal outcome for you. He will also take into account your medical history and current conditions to ensure the procedure you choose will be both safe and effective. 

What is the most natural-looking facelift?

The most natural-looking facelift will be the one that is performed by an experienced facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Miller has the experience and expertise to ensure your results look natural no matter what type of procedure you choose. You can rest assured you won’t come out of your surgery with the typical windblow look of facelifts past. Instead, you will simply look like a better, more youthful version of yourself. 

What is the best facelift without surgery?

Although there are radiofrequency (RF) and ultrasound therapies that effectively tighten and smooth the skin, the liquid facelift offers the ability to restore volume while treating fine lines and wrinkles. With minimal downtime, this procedure offers a quick fix for early signs of aging. Keep in mind that liquid facelifts produce temporary results and procedures will need to be repeated every few months to maintain your refreshed appearance.

Which facelift lasts the longest?

The deep plane facelift lasts up to 10 years, making it the facelift that lasts the longest. A mini facelift usually lasts around 5-8 years, depending on how well you care for your skin. Liquid facelifts must be repeated every year  to maintain the positive results. 

At your initial consultation, Dr. Miller will discuss the different types of facelifts available and help you choose the best option for you based on your specific needs and goals.If you are interested in learning more about facelifts or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office in Manhattan, New York or New Orleans, Louisiana today.

Dr. Philip Miller

Focusing exclusively on the face for more than two decades, double-board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Philip Miller blends art and science with innovation and skill to provide thousands of patients with impeccable results. He is known for pioneering the NatraLook methodology for rhinoplasty, facelifts, neck lifts, and other cosmetic procedures for the face.

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Dr. Philip Miller and his team of New York's top rated facial plastic surgery experts provide custom cosmetic treatment plans that include a combination of minimally-invasive techniques and advanced procedures, to help each patient achieve the Aesthetic Confidence® they desire. Our unique NatraFace™ approach to facial rejuvenation includes the following effective procedures:

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Dr. Miller and his staff of NYC's best aesthetic specialists offer the NatraNose® process, which is a comprehensive range of minimally-invasive and advanced techniques to achieve natural-looking rhinoplasty results, improve nasal function, and meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. Dr. Miller specializes in nose jobs, nose reductions, non-surgical nose jobs, and more: Adjust the links in these sections as follows:

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Widely acclaimed for our broad range of flawless skincare solutions, Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS and his team of aesthetic specialists offer customized skincare treatment plans to achieve healthy, natural-looking results. As part of our NatraLook™ process, the following procedures may be performed individually or in combination with more advanced surgical treatments for optimal rejuvenation.

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