Comparing Facelift Surgery Techniques

According to the recent data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, rhytidectomy, more commonly known as a facelift, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed. As technology advances, so do aesthetic surgery techniques. The concept of tightening loose skin for a youthful look remains the same, but more facelift surgery methods are now available.

At Youthful Reflections, we offer the Reflection Lift. Our unique approach was developed by Dr. Boggess after many years of performing traditional facelifts.

The Reflection Lift is a conservative approach that is performed in an office-based setting using light sedation and local anesthesia. This approach eliminates the risks and cost of general anesthesia. It also allows for a quicker recovery than more invasive techniques. The Reflection Lift is not a “one procedure fits all” approach.  The procedure is tailored to the unique anatomy, concerns, and goals of each individual, in order to achieve optimal results.

THE LEVEL I REFLECTION LIFT

A conservative SMAS facelift for addressing mild to moderate sagging in the jowls and mild sagging in the neck.

THE LEVEL II REFLECTION LIFT

This level is for moderate sagging in the jowls and mild to moderate sagging in the neck for patients with fat accumulation along the jawline and neck. The procedure involves a SMAS facelift in combination with liposculpting of the jawline and neck.

THE LEVEL III REFLECTION LIFT

The level III lift is for moderate to severe sagging in the jowls and neck with associated laxity or banding of the platysma muscle in the front of the neck. The procedure involves a SMAS facelift in combination with tightening of the platysma muscle in the midline of the neck and liposculpting of the face and neck, as needed.

Comparing Face Lift Techniques

There are a lot of different facelift technique offered and it can feel overwhelming choosing the right doctor with the right technique. Here are some common terms you’ll want to be familiar with.

  • SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) Lift – This technique focuses on lifting the SMAS layer underneath the skin to restore a more youthful contour to the neck and jawline.  All properly performed facelift procedures involve tightening of the SMAS.  There are various techniques for managing the SMAS that distinguishes one type of facelift from another.  The Reflection Lift employs Dr. Boggess’ unique approach to SMAS lifting that he has developed from his experience performing thousands of facelift procedures.
  • Deep Plane Face Lift – The technique involves extensive dissection underneath the SMAS to release the ligamentous attachements in the mid- and lower-face, allowing more mobilization of the jowl and cheek fat pads.  It is a more invasive procedure, associated with greater risk of facial nerve injury and prolonged recovery.  It potentially provides more improvement in the midface to address deep nasolabial folds.  However, there are no studies to suggest any improvement in outcome or longevity of results, compared to other SMAS facelift techniques.
  • Mid-face Lift – This technique targets the mid-face and is designed to elevate the cheek fat pad to a more youthful position, softening the depth of the nasolabial folds and tear troughs. The result is somewhat limited, because it only rejuvenates the mid-face and does not address the jawline or neck.  It is also associated with a prolonged recovery.  Many Facial Plastic Surgeons have abandoned this procedure in favor of rejuvenating the mid-face using volume restoration with fat transfer, fillers, or cheek implants.
  • Platysmaplasty – This technique involves tightening of the platysma muscle in the midline of the neck through a small incision under the chin.  It is typically employed in combination with a Facelift to provide additional improvement in the neck for patients with marked neck laxity or platysmal bands.

Choosing the Facelift Technique for You

Dr. Boggess has more than 15 years of experience in performing facial rejuvenation procedures. He is one of the most experienced facelift surgeons in Tennessee, having performed more than 3,000 facelift procedures, in addition to thousands of other facial rejuvenation procedures. He delivers exceptional, natural-looking results tailored to the patient’s anatomy, concerns, and goals.

The Reflection Lift is customized to your desired outcome and needs. It’s less risky and less-expensive and is done in the Youthful Reflections office using light sedation and local anesthesia. You can be back to work within 1-2 weeks, and you can be ready to face any major event such as a birthday, wedding, reunion, or public speaking engagements in 3-4 weeks, with no obvious signs of surgery.

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Call Youthful Reflections at (615) 942-8016 for a complimentary consultation.

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