A youthful face can boost your confidence and help you feel good about yourself. Facelift surgery helps you erase signs of aging by tightening and lifting your face. If you want to transform your appearance as part of your self-care, choosing the right facelift procedure by a reputable surgeon will give you great results.

Types of Facelift Techniques

The type of facelift you choose will highly depend on your age, needs, and goals. Here are three facelift techniques to consider:

Mini Facelift

This is the least invasive facelift surgery method. It uses small incisions in your hairline and around your ears to lift the sagging of the lower part of the face(jawline and neck). Your facelift surgeon picks up the skin through the neck to address loose skin.

Since your incisions are small and your tissue removal minimal, you will be less prone to scarring. Mini facelifts work well on individual problematic spots; it does not renew the whole face at the same time.

This procedure also serves well patients with mild sagging, those in early stages of aging, and those with generally healthy and elastic skin. You can also use it for maintenance if you’ve had a facelift done before.

SMAS Facelift

SMAS is the layer where the neck and the facial muscles attach to the skin. The main attention during the SMAS facelift technique goes to this membrane.


During surgery, your facelift surgeon will make incisions in the temple area, which is just over your hairline, and will extend them downwards behind your ears. The cuts are also done on the neck. They then elevate the skin and plicate the SMAS layer on itself. Lastly, excess skin is trimmed off. The skin and SMAS tissue are elevated separately during the procedure.

If you have moderate signs of aging, this option is a good choice for you. It’s also perfect for those who haven’t lost too much skin elasticity. Due to its high customizability factor, you can use it to renew particular areas.

Deep Plane Facelift

If you want a comprehensive facelift and dramatic results, go for this facelift. Unlike the SMAS facelift, it has more coverage and deals with the muscles on the cheek, chin and neck. This method extends beyond the SMAS layer and lifts the SMAS, skin, and muscles separately.

The surgeon will perform the facelift on the SMAS layer and release muscles and ligaments that hinder tissue’s upward movement. After that, they will elevate the layers of SMAS muscles and move them upwards. The SMAS will then be sewed to deeper tissues and the excess skin removed, so you can look naturally longer.


Deep plane facelifts are great for those who are older and are battling with severe signs of aging. The treatment will correct your double chin, saggy cheeks and neck, and skin that lacks laxity.


Always consult a professional before choosing a facelift procedure. Your facelift surgeon will examine your situation and recommend the best approach, depending on your needs and expectations.