Is there a common technique of facelift procedure?

Like many other cosmetic surgery procedures, there is a common facelift technique performed by plastic surgeons' world over. This method involves both the skin tightening and muscle tightening techniques for best results.

The muscle underneath the skin of the face is known as the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS) layer. Most plastic surgeons will tighten this layer or modify it along with the Platysma muscle in the neck of the patient. In addition to this tightening, plastic surgeons will also tailor, tighten and re-drape the skin effectively for optimum aesthetic results.

Apart from this method, there are other facelift procedures which involve the making of smaller incisions. However, different types of facelift procedures will achieve a variety of types of results. An example of such a different type of facelift procedure is known as a "mid facelift." Plastic surgeons sometimes recommend patients for mid facelifts, which is ideal for those who have less facial skin sagging but more sagging of cheek skin. The ideal candidates for mid facelift procedures are younger patients, since their skin will not require too much work.

Going beyond basic facelifts and mid facelifts, there are other more complicated facelift techniques. However, most surgeons do not practice these methods since the complications that could arise from them are too high.


The main objective of a facelift procedure is to restore a youthful look to the face of a patient and also to produce a rested look. However, a facelift should not make a person look extraordinarily and abnormally 30 years younger. The main objective of a facelift is to make patients look younger and more rejuvenated. While a facelift should certainly make the patient look less tired, but at the end of the day, they should look like themselves too.

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