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Choosing The Right Facelift Technique

As we age, our faces, unfortunately, start sagging, showing fine lines and wrinkles, and our overall skin quality decreases as we lose elasticity. While there are many options to help you appear younger and tighten up loose skin, a facelift is one that provides some of the most noticeable results. But there are a variety of facial cosmetic surgery techniques. How do you know which one is right for you and your needs?

Dr. Kevin Sadati a board certified facial plastic surgeon who has performed over 5000 facelifts practicing in Orange County California at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Lounge, would provide some information on the types of facelift techniques available at the you should be fully prepared to achieve the youthful appearance you’re looking for.


Mini Facelift

Mini facelifts have gained popularity as a less invasive alternative to traditional facelift procedures. These procedures, also known as “minimal-access facelifts,” involve smaller incisions and shorter recovery times compared to traditional facelift surgeries. Mini facelifts are suitable for individuals who are experiencing mild signs of aging in the lower face and neck area. A mini facelift procedure is a cosmetic procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the lower face and neck by tightening sagging skin and reducing the prominence of jowls.

Candidates for a mini facelift typically have good skin elasticity and do not require extensive correction or lifting in the mid-face or forehead areas. This procedure may be most beneficial for younger individuals who are looking to address specific concerns, such as jowls and sagging skin in the lower face.

Deep Plane Facelift

In the field of facial plastic surgery, deep plane facelifts have emerged as a groundbreaking technique for achieving superior results and longer-lasting effects. Traditional facelift procedures have long been a popular choice for individuals seeking to rejuvenate their appearance. The deep plane facelift is considered the gold standard in facial rejuvenation,

However, deep plane facelifts offer several advantages over traditional facelifts, making them a preferred option for many patients. One of the key benefits of a deep plane facelift is its ability to release and reposition the retaining ligaments in the face. By going deeper into the tissues, the deep plane facelift can effectively lift and reposition not only the skin but also the underlying muscle layer known as the superficial muscular aponeurotic system. This comprehensive approach results in a more natural and youthful appearance, as it addresses both the surface and deeper layers of the face. Furthermore, the deep plane facelift creates a heart-shaped face by lifting and repositioning the malar fat pads. This repositioning of facial fat compartments helps to restore volume and contour to the cheeks, further enhancing the overall youthfulness of the face. In addition to producing superior aesthetic outcomes, deep plane facelifts have a longer-lasting effect compared to traditional facelifts.

This is because the deep plane technique addresses both the skin and deeper structures of the face, including the retaining ligaments and facial fat compartments. By releasing and repositioning these structures, the deep plane facelift creates a more stable and enduring result. Dr. Sadati, an expert facial plastic surgeon specializing in deep plane facelifts, has perfected this technique and performs the procedure using twilight sedation. This combination of expertise and advanced techniques ensures that patients achieve the best possible outcomes with minimal discomfort and downtime.

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Vertical Facelift

The vertical facelift approach addresses both the superficial and deep layers of the face, resulting in a more harmonious and natural rejuvenation. The deep plane facelift technique, which forms the foundation of the vertical facelift, has been considered the gold standard in restoring a youthful and natural appearance of the face. Over the years, this technique has highlighted the importance of releasing facial retaining ligaments and repositioning facial fat compartments. By incorporating a temporal brow lift into the vertical facelift, the surgeon can effectively address the upper third of the face. This technique lifts and repositions the lateral brow, providing a more natural appearance compared to a surgical brow lift, which tends to elevate the medial brow. In addition to the deep plane facelift and temporal brow lift, fat grafting is also an integral part of the vertical facelift approach.

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Traditional Facelift

During traditional facelift surgery, also known as a SMAS facelift, involves the tightening of the superficial musculoaponeurotic system by either folding or incising and tightening it. This procedure focuses on improving the lower face and neck, but it does not effectively address sagging mid-face or cheek areas. It is less invasive since the deep ligaments of the SMAS are not released and leading to a less lasting results, more scaring, and possible pulled look.

The SMAS, which stands for superficial musculoaponeurotic system, is a layer of tissue located beneath the skin and fat in the face. It consists of connective tissue and facial muscles that play a significant role in facial expression and support. During the SMAS facelift an incision is made in the hairline around the ear. Through this incision, liposuction may be used to remove excess facial fat, the SMAS is tighten, or removed.  Once this portion of the procedure is finished, the skin is re-draped over the tissue so that it appears tighter, smoother.  This procedure can be performed in office under local anesthesia. This procedure is good for younger patients who are concern about laxity of their jowls, and don’t have heavy laugh lines or sagging mid-face.

Dr. Kevin Sadati, a nationally recognized expert in facial rejuvenation, has developed a revolutionary SMAS facelift technique that is considered the next generation of High-Definition facial rejuvenation procedure. His technique has been published in the Plastic Surgery Journal. He has given numerous presentations in national meetings regarding his facial rejuvenation technique. Dr. Sadati has performed over 3,000 SMAS technique for lower face and neck lifts using local anesthesia and twilight sedation without the need for general anesthesia. Because his technique is minimally invasive, there is no chance of cutting the deep tissue resulting in facial nerve damage. Dr. Sadati folds (plicate) the SMAS in 3 layers and applies gradual facial muscle tightening from top to the bottom There is minimal downtime and a quick recovery period, with most patients resuming their light activities within one week.

A facelift is often combined with a neck lift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, or chin implant to provide a whole facial rejuvenation.

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Ready to achieve a more youthful appearance and reduce facial aging? Now that you know the difference between the facelift techniques we offer, scheduling a consultation with Dr. Sadati or Dr. Florin is the perfect next step. They can help you determine the best facial rejuvenation technique for your needs and answer any questions you may have.

To schedule a consultation today, call the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Lounge in Newport Beach, CA at (949) 763-4784 or use our online scheduling form.



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