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Types of Face Lifts and which Are Appropriate For You?

Women and men of a certain age begin to wonder how different their life would be if they took the step to enhance their looks with a facelift. No one comes to this decision quickly because cosmetic surgery is not covered by medical insurance so that it can be an expensive undertaking.

There are many different types of facelifts, and some may be more appropriate for you than others, depending on your age and the results that you are hoping to achieve. Below are some of the most common facelifts:

1. S-Lift – this facelift will tighten up the skin along the jawline. It is achieved by making an incision that is in the shape of the letter “s.”

2. Temporal facelift – This lift will address drooping eyebrows by making an incision and lifting the skin on the side of the eyebrow. It is not as invasive as a full brow lift.

3. Brow Lift – This is also called a forehead lift. Small incisions are made in the hairline. Excess skin is removed, and the results will eliminate “worry” lines that people get in their foreheads and raised brows.

4. Neck Lift – This lift is often done in conjunction with a facelift, but it can be done as a stand-alone procedure. Incisions are made around or behind the ears and beneath the neck. The surgeon will remove excess fat and tissue from under the neck and then trim the excess skin to give a tighter jawline.

5. Eye Lift – This lift will remove extra fat deposits above and below the eyelid, which people refer to as bags under their eyes.

6. Cutaneous facelift – This lift will smooth out wrinkles in the lower portion of the face and neck. It involves cutting along the hairline to separate the skin from the tissues below the surface. The surgeon will stretch the skin, trim it and close the incision. Because the muscles and tissues below the skin are not cut, this lift will stretch out eventually, so it does not last a long time.

7. Botox – This is not a surgical facelift, but many patients choose to get Botox injections in the muscles that cause wrinkles and lines in the face. It is non-invasive and less expensive than a surgical facelift. However, you must continue with treatments to keep your wrinkles away.

These are just a listing of some of the most common types of facelifts available. Consult with a plastic surgeon to see which procedure will best give you the results that you want to achieve.

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