A facelift is a procedure that’s designed to improve the signs of aging on the face and the neck. As we get older, naturally the skin tissue starts to lose its elasticity. Which is why many people seek to have a facelift done.
However, did you know that there are different types of facelifts available? The two most popular choices are traditional facelifts and liquid facelifts. But what’s the difference between the two?
About Traditional Facelifts
A traditional facelift (also known as a rhytidectomy) is a procedure that’s designed to rejuvenate the skin and smooth out any wrinkles. A popular choice for both men and women for decades, it can take up to 4 hours to perform.
Conducted under general anesthesia, along with tightening the skin (and removing any excess skin), the muscles and ligaments are also tightened. The technique that Dr. Farole uses, however, will depend on the result you want to achieve.
An alternative to a traditional facelift, that’s less invasive is a mini facelift. Similarly designed to correct signs of aging (typically in the earlier stages), it produces more natural results and targets the face, jawline and neck.
About Liquid Facelifts
Another popular option is a liquid facelift. A minimally invasive procedure that takes as little as 30 minutes, similarly to a facelift it’s designed to significantly reduce the signs of aging.
However, along with reducing any wrinkles or sagging of the skin, it differs from a facelift as it requires the use of either dermal fillers to plump up the skin and add volume or Botox to achieve a smoother complexion. As the fillers/Botox are injected, no incisions will have to be made.
Benefits of a Facelift
Although the results differ person to person, the primary benefit of a traditional facelift is that you’ll be able to see an improvement in the moment the surgery is completed. Even though it may take up to 4 weeks for the swelling to go down, the results of a facelift are permanent – even though maintenance may be required throughout the years.
Focused on the bottom of your face and your neck, it can take years off of you. Alongside its permanent results, you could take advantage of the following benefits:
- It creates a youthful, invigorated facial appearance.
- It removes any excess fat around the face or neck.
- Excellent results within a month.
- It eliminates any frown lines or wrinkles.
Benefits of a Liquid Facelift
If you opt for a liquid facelift, Dr. Farole can adjust the results of it to be as subtle extreme as you want. However, no matter the extent of the procedure, you can expect to reap the following benefits:
- A less-invasive procedure that takes 30 minutes or less.
- A boost in confidence.
- A rejuvenated and refreshed appearance with little bruising.
- Fewer wrinkles and fine lines around the face.
- Plumper lips and cheeks.
- Swelling that goes down in less than 7 days.
However, if you opt for a liquid facelift you have to be aware that the results usually last up to 2 years. Less permanent than a traditional facelift and producing less dramatic results, it can be maintained once signs of aging start to recur.
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Which Treatment Am I a Candidate For?
If you’re unsure which one is right for you, it’s important that alongside the benefits, you discover who is deemed to be the ideal candidate for each procedure.
Of course, Dr. Farole will talk you through both options and use his 30 years+ experience to guide you in the right direction. But to give you a brief insight, here are the recommended candidates for a traditional facelift and a liquid facelift:
Traditional Facelift Candidates
- Those who do not use illegal substances
- Healthy individuals with no medical conditions that could interfere with recovery or the healing
- Those who are looking for more dramatic, long-term results
Liquid Facelift Candidates
- Those with a small amount of wrinkles or sagging
- Those who do not use illegal substances
- Those who don’t have a history of blood clotting.
- Healthy individuals who do not have diabetes, cardiovascular disease or sensitivity to Botox or Dermal Fillers.
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Take the Next Step
Want to learn more about your facelift options?
Schedule a consultation at our Cosmetic Facial Surgery Center in Bala Cynwyd, PA by giving us a call at (610) 668-3300 today.